Joel’s Blog

Deadly Viper Controversy

In recent days a controversyhas arisen around the reckless co-opting of Asian culture within the curriculum, videos and books published by Zondervan publishing house in a series called Deadly Viper. A guy I consider a friend and mentor by the name of Dr. Soong-Chan Rah has been in contact with the authors of the material…

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The Church Caused Big Government?

This is a developing thought process for me. It does seem inevitable to me that the government will continue to grow. I don’t think there is an example of a democracy that has un-done growth. The conservatives say it as “doomsday coming” and proof of societal decline, the liberals as “it ought to be”. Here…

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Shalom: A caring, sharing community where there is none to fear

The words that serve as a title to this post are from Walter Brueggemann, early in his book entitled “Peace”. It’s no small irony that I walked into my home carrying this book tonight.  As I left my car I passed a young african american man who was cutting through the empty lot next to…

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Guitar Hero

I have a new guitar hero. I’ve been reading Stephen Nichols book called “Getting the Blues; what blues music teaches us about suffering and salvation”. There are several very compelling themes that he unfolds but among the best is a short discussion about a song Blind Gary Davis sings called “Crucifixion”.  If you have a…

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Getting the Blues

The experience of Adam: “cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life. . . by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground. . . ” The experience of John Milton as expressed in Paradise Lost:…

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