worship: all of the above

If the options are: a) “Worship needs to be more theologically sound!” b) “Worship needs to be more bodily participative!” or c) “Worship needs to be more emotionally authentic!” Then I choose d) “Yes.” Kirsten Guidero critiques James K.A. Smith’s push (summarized here) for ’embodied’ forms of worship.  Both her and Smith (count me in… Continue reading worship: all of the above

head-heart

head and heart, thinking and feeling, rationality and emotion, yeah? I’m interested in ideas/responses to the following four questions… (Read ’em slow enough to actually properly think and feel!  And also… even though they obviously relate/overlap/interlock, the questions aren’t meant to flow on from one another, but rather are meant to be stand-alone… ish.) What… Continue reading head-heart

on science/faith blogging…

miscellaneous thoughts… if the time we spend is to be at all worthwhile, we need to accept that words matter enough to use them and work at our use of them (some key words in science/faith include: ‘knowledge’, ‘evidence’, ‘explanation’, ‘natural’, ‘reality’, etc). it occurs to me that aiming for mutual understanding is infinitely more… Continue reading on science/faith blogging…

worldviewing

There are different ways of understanding what a worldview is, or what questions it seeks to answer or how it is gained or what it is shaped by. When people of different perspectives, beliefs (and yes, different worldviews) discuss what a ‘worldview’ is, it is easy for their own worldview to influence things.  I freely… Continue reading worldviewing

‘carnage?’

I briefly met someone recently who was supervising a group of youth who were attending the ‘Get Smart’ conference in Auckland, NZ.  He asked if I had been attending the conference.  When I said no, he replied, “Oh man, it’s great.  We were just there and when we left things were still going.  Carnage, man. … Continue reading ‘carnage?’

the groaning language of prayer

The other day, a friend of mine at Carey college was sharing with me and a few others how grieved he’d been lately (due to various tragic things happening to people close to him). He mentioned lying in bed and trying to pray, not knowing what to say, and eventually just offering an extended, rumbling,… Continue reading the groaning language of prayer