Who knew?

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According to the New York Times, attending two churches is a growing trend. You can hardly call one girl going to two services a trend — but let’s say it’s more common than it once was. Church attendance in the United States has long been voluntary, if not market driven, but it’s usually been an… Read more »

Who’s responsible for ethics in a church?

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November’s Harvard Business Review has a short article about the danger of ethical passivity — in short, many executives, when faced with knowledge of ethical lapses, think “that’s not my job.” But whether we like it or not, the ethics of the leadership team should be everyone’s business. The problem is twofold: first, there is… Read more »

Jesus, the builder?

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Michael F. Bird raises the question: was Jesus a carpenter? Michael suggests the Greek word is better rendered ‘mason’ or ‘builder,’ rather than ‘carpenter.’ With the advent of better search technology, scholars are able to identify the meaning of ancient words more accurately, based on contemporary usage. I’m not sure if Michael’s interpretation is based… Read more »

Caspian

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Pleasantly surprised that the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe did so well last weekend? Disney was. They’ve greenlighted production on Prince Caspian, to be in theaters in December 2007!

B & D Exec sued for religious contributions

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A Black and Decker Executive has been sued over religious contributions. The article does not make it clear whether the contributions to the Mormon Temple in Washington, D.C. were from Black & Decker or from the executive, CEO Noland Archibald. “The suit claims Archibald benefited personally from the gifts because he is a member of… Read more »

TLtW&tW

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We finally saw the Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe tonight (putting off for another time the listing of our waterlogged possessions). It was a very good movie; a solid piece of work that will show there is a market for similar pieces of solid work with moral undertones. As others have noted, if the… Read more »

The joys of homeownership

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I’m finally getting a chance to sit down to the sound of saws ripping interior wallboard. Last night, my wife and I pulled into the garage to find the waterpipe in our garage had split, about seven feet up the wall. A jet of water had bored through the wall board, through the insulation, and… Read more »

Raytown reminders

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Well, it’s time for a reminder: If you’re looking for information concerning ‘Raytown,’ then you’ll want to follow the link down and to the left. Or: http://raytown.jonthebaptist.com Note, there’s no “www” just “raytown.” Also, COMMENTS are PUBLIC, e-mails are private. And, as always, if you only know Raytown from Momma’s Family, you won’t be much… Read more »

Hammet on emergent.

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I’m a little late to the discussion of John Hammet’s paper “An Ecclesiological Assessment of the Emerging Church.” Steve McCoy has linked to it, and his commenters have looked at it a dozen different ways. Like a few others, I tripped over Hammet’s references to churches like Capitol Hill Baptist and Redeemer Presbyterian to show… Read more »