A Dragon Eating Jesus?

OXYGEN

There are a lot of Advent blog posts floating around these days. Makes sense, knowing it’s the Advent season. I have joined in the festivities myself with a post on the hope of Advent. But there is one blog post in particular that seems to have caught the attention of many. It’s Chad Bird’s When a Dragon Tried to Eat Jesus: The Nativity Story We Don’t Talk About.

The post particularly considers the words of Revelation 12: Continue reading

The Snowman

the-snowman

During the time that I lived in the UK, I was introduced to varying little cultural aspects of life there: curry, the pubs, full English breakfasts, jacket potatoes with baked beans, football (soccer), scones, tea breaks every couple of hours, driving on the other side of the road along with steering from the other side of the car, and many other things.

But during the Christmas holidays, I was particularly introduced to The Snowman. Continue reading

We Have More in Common with the People of the World Than We Think

 

people-of-the-worldSomeone introduced me to this video yesterday. The video is not simply about DNA testing; it’s about becoming aware that we may just be connected to people groups we may not have imagined — even those we may despise.

Perhaps we should guard against superior and inferior perspectives when it comes to ethnic (and all sorts of) identity. Perhaps we can move toward “others” with hospitality rather than hostility. Continue reading

Prophetic Dialogue

prophetic-dialogueToday I finished a book on mission entitled, Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. The work is offered by two Catholic missiologists, Stephen Bevans and Roger Schroeder.

I will go ahead and say this up front: This has been one of the best books on mission that I have ever read. It is spot on in considering many of the missional practices needed in our world today.

It’s thesis?

That mission should be walked out as prophetic dialogue. If mission is to be properly effective, it must embrace both sides of the mission coin, being both prophetic and dialogical. Continue reading