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Beware!!! Theology Without Wisdom is not Theology

on October 23, 2014

Understanding God Theology and Wisdom Humble Transforming Trying my hand at Haiku (5-7-5 syllables) today as I attempt to assimilate the “whole shape of living” by David Ford at a deeper level. I’m struck by his words at the end of his book, Theology: A Very Short Introduction: “Who will do theology?….God will..by taking the initiative...

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Hitler was a Theologian.

on October 23, 2014

When picking up a book that includes “a very short introduction” in the title, one may expect to find a pamphlet of about a dozen pages or fewer. This is not the case with David Ford’s Theology: a Very Short Introduction, which is nearly 200 pages long. The ironic thing is that, given the immense...

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My Christ, My Theology, the Third Millennium?

on October 22, 2014

I like your Christ, I just don’t think you understand your theology? While being a loose spin-off of a famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi, after reading David F. Ford’s book, Theology: A Very Short Introduction, I am concerned about the church I know and it’s capacity to theologically engage the emerging culture and increasingly complex...

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“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might get what you need.” Hirschman’s “Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.”

on October 20, 2014

So… This. This is good. This is worth your time. This just might change some of the way you engage with the world. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States by Albert O. Hirschman is acknowledged by a number of those people who generally go around acknowledging things as being...

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Apparently more people are Pentecostal than realize it (and other shocking revelations [no pun intended])

on October 20, 2014

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement by Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori is certainly an interesting text with a lot of first-person research underscoring its perspectives. The text is particularly interesting in that a president of a major Christian related development organization – Food for the Hungry – who happens to...

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Barking Up Wrong Trees

on October 17, 2014

Within each individual there lies the ability to speak up against atrocities, against injustice, against discomfort, frankly, against anything that one so desires to speak against. This is the case in the western world where speech, as of this writing, is still currently free and protected. Though we must recognize that even in our modern/postmodern...

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A Story About a Church

on October 17, 2014

Once upon a time, a young pastor and his wife planted a church. The church grew and grew. People were drawn to this pastor, and his skill in speaking and teaching. The young church recruited professional quality musicians to lead worship and still more people came. As the church grew, the church added ministries for...

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Member Relationship Management

on October 17, 2014

In his book Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Response to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States, Albert O. Hirschman states that individuals have three ways of expressing their dissatisfaction with an organization or situation. They can leave, voice their objections, or become disloyal to the situation.[1] The concepts he presents are simple, and well known within...

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Everyone’s Theology

on October 17, 2014

The concept of theology often seems lost in the midst of a myriad of new ideas and beliefs. Grenz and Olson, in their book Who Needs Theology?: An Invitation to the Study of God, assert that “many Christians today not only are uninformed about basic theology but even seem hostile to it.”[1] Hostility seems like...

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Exit, Voice, and Loyalty in Missions

on October 17, 2014

Albert O. Hirschman provides a brilliant new way to look at economics in Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Response to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States based on three available responses toward a product or a company. These include walking away from that product (exit), staying with that product and having a platform to express discontent...

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Thinking Theologically, a quest to know God

on October 16, 2014

    Thinking Theologically, a quest to know God   October 16, 2014   So many thoughts came into my mind as I began to read “Who Needs Theology” because this book hit on a lot of points that have a lot to do with my theological thinking today. At Azusa Pacific University our program...

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Who Needs Theology?

on October 16, 2014

I never cease to be amazed at the reactions people give when questioned about their theology. In my experience, those who say they love theology are in the minority. In fact, many people are highly suspicious of those who would call themselves theologians. I was appalled, but not surprised that “A 1994 poll funded by...

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Talking with our feet?

on October 16, 2014

Unknown My previous church that I served at in Seoul, South Korea, had 60,000 members. Yet this wasn’t the biggest church in the city. Across the river, just a few kilometres away is located the world-famous Yoido Full Gospel Church, with the largest church membership in the world numbering around 800,000. Worlds apart from my current...

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Exit & Voice Ramblings

on October 16, 2014

This certainly was a pithy read. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States by Albert O. Hirschman begins by stating that all organizations decline over time. Further, there are two methods of precipitating this decline: exit and voice. Exit is simply leaving or withdrawing from the relationship. For example, a customer...

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Directionally Normalizing

on October 16, 2014

Directionally Normalizing In the book, Who Needs Theology?: An Invitation to the Study of God, the authors Stanley J. Grenz and Roger E. Olson successfully attempt to normalize the concept and practice of theology. By taking a topic our culture and society has moved to the top and almost unreachable shelf for the elites and...

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You…

on October 16, 2014

It is amazing how much an organization can change over time, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. And almost always, at least in my experience, the change is linked to leadership. If the change is for the worse, what do the old-timers of the organization do? They usually either voice their concerns,...

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Conquering Fear

on October 16, 2014

There is a sure fire way to make sure no one shows up for a new class being offered at church, just put the word Theology in the class description. You would think believers would desire to study the nature of God but I think most of us are afraid. Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson...

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exit, voice, and loyalty

on October 16, 2014

In his book, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses To Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States, Albert O. Hirschman argues the inevitability of failure at times in any institution. Hirschman contends, “No matter how well a society’s basic institutions are devised failures of some actors to live up to the behavior which is expected of them...

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