Week 4: The Drama of Desire

Humans naturally desire the things other people desire, which makes us into rivals who are competing to get the same thing. This kind of rivalry can lead us into all kinds of nastiness, as we will see in this week’s family exploration of Genesis 3.

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Upcoming Movie: The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing – NERDGASM COMMENCE!

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Bible for Emerging Kids ages 8-12

Sharing the Bible with my kids means inducting them into a particular community of interpretation.  An essential tool for this is a children’s Bible — a collection of the stories our community deems central, arranged and interconnected in ways that communicate what we think the overall story is.  My interpretive community (which includes what’s sometimes called “Emergence Christianity“) has not yet produced any children’s Bibles, so it’s hard to find one that doesn’t covertly promote agendas I oppose (religious violence, imperialism, sexism, moralism, deism, etc.).  This tells me two things: The children’s writers among us need to get busy working …

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Week 3: A World of Meaning

This week’s video playlist features various big-picture ideas about life, including Conflict (Conan the Barbarian: “Crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of the women”), Consumption/Wealth, the meaningless Bigness of the universe (from Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”), Yoda’s ruminations on The Force, an awesome auto-tuned song on how “We are all connected,” George Carlin’s “Stuff” bit, plus video renditions of all our Scripture texts.

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Are you a geeked-out soul?

GEEK OUT: (v.) Losing one’s cool when in the presence of something Cool. COOL: (adj.) Uniquely embodying Goodness, Truth, and Beauty (Synonyms: holy, sacred). SPIRITUALITY: (n.) One’s way of relating to the Cool. REAL-WORLD SPIRITUALITY: (n.) Relating to Coolness as if it is not imaginary.

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Week 2: Being Human

Have you ever thought about how God creates? When faced with a dark / formless / chaotic emptiness, the Spirit of God hovered above it, thinking “How can I make something beautiful out of this?” To be made in God’s image is to have the same opportunity to be creative with what life throws at us.

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We Make the Road With Kids

Click here for the full 52-week curriculum: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ccdd40202d4263a8788bf307f&id=d18b3970c4 We Make the Road With Kids is a 52-week curriculum for a year-long family trek through the Bible, following its overarching storyline as laid out in Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking.  We started this because we wanted to induct our children (12, 9, and 2) into our love for the Bible, and into a kind of Christian faith that we think is worth believing in.  Our weekly after-dinner conversations include Scripture readings, watching some YouTube, an extremely short “teaching” section (Don’t worry, each week’s lesson includes a ‘script’ for this) — …

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Kids make the road by walking, too

Brian McLaren says “we make the road by walking,” that we discover and build our faith by living it. My wife and I agree with this. But we never thought our kids would be making the road with us. Our children are 12, 9, and 2, and we’d planned to have the road nicely paved by now. Instead, we have a path we’re not entirely comfortable walking with little kids. But it’s the only path we’ve got. And we’re the only parents they’ve got. So it’s settled: The Stonecyphers are making a road.

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Evolution: Couldn’t God have done better?

The Canaanite genocide just became less of a problem for me. The conquest stories of the book of Joshua (in the Bible) have troubled me for a long time. But it’s recently occurred to me that the problem really lies somewhere else — much deeper in the fabric of nature. If we take evolution seriously (and I do), we have to acknowledge the troubling fact that Death is the engine that runs Life. It has been like this for 3 billion years. I have no intention of going back to being a creationist who believes that death resulted from “the Fall.” That idea is behind me. I trust the data, and the data says that the God I believe in has created a world of Life fueled by Death, and I’m really not sure how to deal with that. That’s where my thinking process now has to start.

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Attack of the Jesus Clones: Christian Piatt’s BLOOD DOCTRINE

Science needs science fiction as an imaginative sandbox for ideas not yet ready for reality. Jules Verne imagined the first rocket launch; Arthur C. Clarke invented the idea of telecommunications satellites; and the list goes on. I have often wondered what it would look like if Theology had a similar sandbox, a “Theology Fiction” genre in which theologians could stretch their theological visions past their accustomed horizons (and I don’t mean lame-ass “end times” novels; I’m talking real theology here). Theology Fiction may need a better name, but this poorly-named non-existent genre now has at least one good book in …

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