Misplaced Jesus

What Theologians could learn from David Sedaris 4
by / on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

What Theologians could learn from David Sedaris

We rarely ask of theologians is, “Are you a good person?” If asked, I suspect most would dodge the question with “Well I’m a sinner saved by grace.” But if you pressed them for evidence, I imagine most theologians would respond, “Why?” This is because most theologians hate looking like hypocrites. That is perhaps the one greatest difference between most theologians and David Sederis.

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Preach the Gospel (and, yes, use words) 4
by / on July 18, 2011 at 12:35 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Preach the Gospel (and, yes, use words)

The less you talk about the God, the less likely you will make him known to anyone. Again the Christian life isn’t fundamentally about you. Evangelism doesn’t refer to a certain style or way of talking. It is the process of making God known.

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Gandhi, Lao Tzu & Jesus’ Other Sheep 18
by / on June 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Gandhi, Lao Tzu & Jesus’ Other Sheep

When RE blogger Nate Roberts first started discovering God in places that God wasn’t supposed to be — in the life of Gandhi, Eastern religious traditions, etc. — it startled him… until he remembered Jesus’ teaching about other sheep.

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(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity 7
by / on June 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity

If we focus too much on the emotion of Jazz (or Christianity), then it becomes something we do for our own consumption rather than because of its beauty. And if Jazz veered away from its roots and began to sound exactly like classical music or sounded too much like grunge rock it would no longer be Jazz.  Likewise, Christianity that looks like generic spirituality is no longer Christianity

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Was Osama Bin Laden Evil? 6
by / on May 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Was Osama Bin Laden Evil?

Only God truly knows what evil is. We just like to pretend we do. All too often we, like those who have come before us, see evil exclusively in the faces of our adversaries and good only in those who bless us.

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Good Friday Exposes Our Sinful Relationship With Creation 4
by / on April 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Good Friday Exposes Our Sinful Relationship With Creation

Creation is worse off now, by almost every measure, than it was back on the first Earth Day. Ben Lowe says that Christians should care, unpacking the Genesis story and what it reveals about our broken relationship with creation.

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How A Fiery Palestinian Man Rocked My Gospel 6
by / on April 6, 2011 at 9:11 am / in Misplaced Jesus

How A Fiery Palestinian Man Rocked My Gospel

Meeting Palestinian Christian Elias Chacour was a catalyst for deeper reflection on the radical good news of Jesus’ life and teachings. Prior to meeting him, my understanding of the gospel was based in experiences of white, suburban evangelicalism, rather than in the literal oppression and physical confinement of many who live at the margins.

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Otherness and the Broken Body of Christ 4
by / on March 14, 2011 at 7:00 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Otherness and the Broken Body of Christ

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Chicago. The city is beautiful and diverse but also astoundingly segregated. Christians often act as if the Kingdom of God is supposed to look like Chicago. In theory, we support the vision of a diverse, integrated and interdependent body of Christ, but we sure don’t want to venture outside of our neighborhoods.

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Why Love Rarely Wins (Sorry Rob Bell) 17
by / on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Why Love Rarely Wins (Sorry Rob Bell)

Why don’t Christians like black sheep? Evangelical social psychologist Dr. Christena Cleveland explores the Rob Bell theological controversy through the lens of social psychology and arrives at some provacative new conclusions.

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Modern Girl’s Guide to the Gospel 10
by / on March 3, 2011 at 8:21 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Personal Stories, Theology

Modern Girl’s Guide to the Gospel

Like Mary Magdalene, Jesus calls women by name, to serve God. This is God coming for us specifically as females, calling us to lay claim to evangelicalism ourselves — our important role in the in-breaking of God’s kingdom into the world — no matter what our religious affiliation or belief system.

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