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Oh, 80s hair how we miss thee.

Or perhaps not.

What killed those voluminous ‘dos that marked an era? I’d like to think it was common sense and a cultural awakening to the hilarity of big hair. I also wonder, though, if the media’s coverage of the discovery of a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica had something to do with it. Though the science on the harmful nature of CFCs (commonly used as a propellant in applications like aerosol cans of hairspray) had been around for nearly 30 years, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the story of ozone depletion and the possibility of climate change was piped into homes across America.

Mark Maslin’s Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction is a fascinating look at the science behind the study climate change, the coming effects of a net increase in global temperatures, and possible solutions that could stave off the worst of those effects. Maslin is unapologetic in his support of the science that examines the human element as a primary contributor to rapid climate change since the Industrial Revolution, yet he does his best to appeal to readers who are still skeptical. Beyond unseasonable weather and higher fuel prices, Maslin warns of the dire consequences to the world’s least developed nations if climate change is not adequately addressed.  Continue Reading…

Howe Aryu?

September 3, 2011 — 2 Comments

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” 

-Psalm 139:7-8

 

“Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who

makes known to us the fragrance that consists of knowledge of Him 

in every place. For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those 

who are being saved and among those who are perishing–to the latter an

odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life.”

-2 Corinthians 2:14-16

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

 who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

- Apostle’s Creed

 

Today I was surrounded by the most abject poverty I’ve ever experienced. Our cohort visited one of the neighborhoods in Mathare Slum, second largest slum in Nairobi and home to 800,000 people in its 1.5 square miles. We were invited and guided by Missions of Hope International, a local, grassroots agency started nearly two decades ago by a Kenyan couple who felt God placed it on their hearts to minister in Mathare Slum. Continue Reading…

Verbal_abuse

Bryan L Myers’ Walking with the Poor is simply excellent. My colleagues and I are spending the next few days discussing the book and its implications for global missional leadership. Andrew wrote a wonderful, probing post on his own work with the poor and pre/misconceptions that he’s uncovered in himself. Chris has written a fantastic post on the shared spiritual poverty that afflicts, and shapes, the poor and non-poor alike. One of Myers’ key themes that both Chris and Andrew pick up on is the relational aspect of poverty and how it shapes one’s worldview.

Myers, early in the book, explains that because we are created as image-bearers of God, we “are intentionally placed in a system of relationships: with God, with self, with community, with those perceived as ‘other,’ and with our environment” (26). Sin, however, as marred all those relationships, distorting them beyond our ability to repair them. Christ, however, serves as the means for the restoration of those relationships and the church he established has as its primary charge the work of witnessing to the restoration of those relationships; that is the essence of the Kingdom of God. Myer’s puts it thusly,
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Radical: A Review

January 8, 2011 — 3 Comments
Radical

I was sent this book by a dear family member who was passing it on with the recommendation of his Executive Pastor, who claimed it to be the most influential book he'd read in 2010. Certainly Radical by David Platt has made waves in evangelical circles in the past six months or so. Writing from the perspective of a young, Southern Baptist mega-church pastor, Platt boldly calls American Christians to leave behind their aspirations of wealth and ease and instead follow in a way of discipleship that that requires bearing a cross, obedience to espoused beliefs. I was excited! Having grown up Baptist, I am too aware of the damage that the sacred-secular dualism has done to the notion of discipleship in Baptist circles. They have effectively reduced salvation to dogmatic assent and discipleship to daily devotionals.
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