An Irenicon http://anirenicon.com Where Faith and Culture Meet Wed, 27 May 2015 02:09:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Irenicast is a weekly podcast dedicated to conversations on faith and culture. Hosts Jeff, Mona, and Allen explore various topics from pop culture to the more serious issues impacting religion, society, and day-to-day life. New episodes are posted every Tuesday (with the occasional bonus episode on Fridays). In addition to thought-provoking conversation Jeff, Mona & Allen indulge in more light-hearted segments like Jesus or Jay-Z?, Famous Christians for 100, and Jesus Juke, to name a few. Send your questions and feedback to podcast@irenicast.com. Jeff, Mona & Allen no Jeff, Mona & Allen podcast@irenicast.com podcast@irenicast.com (Jeff, Mona & Allen) © 2015-2020 Irenicast Conversations on Faith and Culture An Irenicon http://anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/conversations-on-faith-and-culture-Irenicast-1400x1400.jpg http://anirenicon.com Weekly http://i0.wp.com/anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/icon1-54cc2a90v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 An Irenicon http://anirenicon.com 32 32 Genderqueer People of Faith – Interview with Nathan – 012 http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/26/genderqueer-people-of-faith-interview-with-nathan-012/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/26/genderqueer-people-of-faith-interview-with-nathan-012/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 14:29:10 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=7223 In this interview, Mona talks to Nathan, who self-identifies as a gay, queer, Catholic divinity student. Nathan shares their story about being a part of the community of genderqueer people of faith and not fitting into a gender binary - including gender performance, coming out, internalized homophobia, and what faith and the belief in the Image of God has meant for their life. They discuss ways to the church can be more responsive and loving toward trans and genderqueer people.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/26/genderqueer-people-of-faith-interview-with-nathan-012/feed/ 1 In this interview, Mona talks to Nathan, who self-identifies as a gay, queer, Catholic divinity student. Nathan shares their story about being a part of the community of genderqueer people of faith and not fitting into a gender binary - including gende... (http://anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/012-genderqueer-people-of-faith-interview-nathan-Irenicast-886x260.jpg) In this interview, Mona talks to Nathan, who self-identifies as a gay, queer, Catholic divinity student.  Nathan shares their story about being a part of the community of genderqueer people of faith and not fitting into a gender binary - including gender performance, coming out, internalized homophobia, and what faith and the belief in the Image of God has meant for their life.  They discuss ways to the church can be more responsive and loving toward trans and genderqueer people.   Relevant Links Organization: I Am From Drift Wood (http://imfromdriftwood.com) - From their About page, “I’m From Driftwood aims to help LGBTQ people learn more about their community, straight people learn more about their neighbors and everyone learn more about themselves through the power of storytelling and story sharing.  Increasing empathy and empowering individuals is accomplished by creating an apolitical forum for LGBTQ stories from every age, race, gender, background and culture. The stories deepen our understanding of each other, preserve history, and open hearts and minds.” Blog: A Safe Space for Queer Christians (http://christianandqueer.tumblr.com/info) - From their About page, “This blog seeks to be a safe space for queer Christians, at all stages in their faith and regardless of sexuality/gender identity. A place to accept, but also to encourage. And to provide resources of all forms, from sermons promoting equality to articles taking you down the finer points of Biblical translation.  We don’t have all the answers, nor do we claim to have them, but we’re here to support, to accept, and to remind you that God is love.  Feel free to message with questions, concerns, or just to share your story.” Personality: Andrea Gibson (http://www.andreagibson.org) Book: Pastrix - The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber Organization: Metropolitan Community Church (http://mccchurch.org/resources/mcc-theologies/) - Resources on Queer Christianity.  From their About page, “Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression.  MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.” Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Nathan no 1:15:17
Gender Roles And Binaries – Take Off That Apron Bobby! – 011 http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/19/gender-roles-and-binaries-take-off-that-apron-bobby-011/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/19/gender-roles-and-binaries-take-off-that-apron-bobby-011/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:31:08 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=7212 Kicking off a four part series on gender and sexuality, the team begins with an in-depth discussion on gender roles and binaries, and sexism in the church and society. They talk about why we might need to revise our thinking on legacies, and maybe, just maybe, why we might need to move past the binary view of gender altogether. They conclude the episode with a ridiculous game of Would You Rather that includes a brief foray into the benefits of time travel, polka music and heavy breathing.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/19/gender-roles-and-binaries-take-off-that-apron-bobby-011/feed/ 1 Kicking off a four part series on gender and sexuality, the team begins with an in-depth discussion on gender roles and binaries, and sexism in the church and society. They talk about why we might need to revise our thinking on legacies, and maybe, (http://anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/gender-roles-and-binaries-Irenicast-conversations-on-faith-and-culture-886x260.jpg) Kicking off a four part series on gender and sexuality, the team begins with an in-depth discussion on gender roles and binaries, and sexism in the church and society.  They talk about why we might need to revise our thinking on legacies, and maybe, just maybe, why we might need to move past the binary view of gender altogether.  They conclude the episode with a ridiculous game of Would You Rather that includes a brief foray into the benefits of time travel, polka music and heavy breathing. * Host Check In (00:21) * Discussion on Gender Roles and Binaries (05:41) * Would You Rather (48:22) Relevant Links   Gender Roles and Binaries Discussion An Irenicon Blog Post: The Baby Makin', Prone-to-Evil, "Other" Gender: Woman by Allen O’Brien (http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/02/the-baby-makin-prone-to-evil-other-gender-woman/) ... tracing Aristotle's thoughts on gender and their impact upon church history through Thomas Aquinas and the witch hunts of the Middle Ages. Organization:  BanBossy.com (http://banbossy.com/) - When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead. Reading List: Getting to Know Feminist Theology: An Introduction and Reading List (http://www.waterwomensalliance.org/feminist-theology-101/) Book: A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilbur (http://www.amazon.com/Brief-History-Everything-Revised-ebook/dp/B00ATMWJMG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432044844&sr=8-2&keywords=a+brief+history+of+everything) … Jeff refers to the first couple chapters of this book where an argument is made that certain gender roles came from need and over time turned to hierarchy. Biblical Commentary: The Pastoral Epistles (The New International Greek Testament Commentary) by George W. Knight III (http://www.amazon.com/Pastoral-Epistles-International-Testament-Commentary-ebook/dp/B002EZYX2K/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1432045075&sr=8-10&keywords=G.W.+Knight) … Specifically the commentary on the book of Titus. Book: Radical Love: Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick Cheng (http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Love-Introduction-Queer-Theology/dp/1596271329)   Would You Rather Segment Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Weapons (HBO) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y1ya-yF35g) Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 58:44
Listener Feedback – The EPICsode – 010 http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/12/listener-feedback-the-epicsode-010/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/12/listener-feedback-the-epicsode-010/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 15:14:02 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=7199 Entering their tenth episode, the Irenicast team celebrates with a not-so-rapid-fire round of listener generated topics. They talk about everything from hell, virginity, and tithing, to breakfast cereals, music, and toiletries. Following their responses to listener feedback they oblige the call for more IreniHacks!

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/12/listener-feedback-the-epicsode-010/feed/ 0 Entering their tenth episode, the Irenicast team celebrates with a not-so-rapid-fire round of listener generated topics. They talk about everything from hell, virginity, and tithing, to breakfast cereals, music, and toiletries. (http://anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/BPI-Irenicast-Episode-010-886x260.jpg) Entering their tenth episode, the Irenicast team celebrates with a not-so-rapid-fire round of listener generated topics. They talk about everything from hell, virginity, and tithing, to breakfast cereals, music, and toiletries.  Following their responses to listener feedback they oblige the call for more IreniHacks! * Host Check In (00:23) * Listener Feedback (06:33) * IreniHacks! Returns (1:00:03) RELEVANT LINKS Endlings (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/endlings/id934422057) by The Well Pennies (http://www.thewellpennies.com) was used as our transition music for this episode.  Like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thewellpennies), follow them on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thewellpennies) and check out their music on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-well-pennies/id494644437)!   Listener Feedback Discussion From Listener Nicholas Quient, host of Split Frame of Reference (http://splitframeofreference.blogspot.com) - “what ‘is’ hell/eternal punishment?” and “the question of Pauline authorship and authority” * Book: Love Wins by Rob Bell (http://www.amazon.com/Love-Wins-About-Heaven-Person-ebook/dp/B004IWR3CE) * Ancient Text: Acts of Paul and Thecla (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/maps/primary/thecla.html)   From Facebook Listeners David - “The awkward marriage of American Evangelicals to the GOP and the contradiction between values on both sides.” Ceasar from FB - “ I like what David said, especially as it concerns the lower class.” Justin from FB - “What David said. Alternatively, how religious activism in politics works in theory vs reality.” * Speech: "Evil Empire" by President Reagan - Address to the National Association of Evangelicals (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcSm-KAEFFA) * Book: The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted by Obery Hendricks (http://www.amazon.com/The-Politics-Jesus-Rediscovering-Revolutionary/dp/0385516657)   Facebook Listener Steve - “Gospel Coalition: Fundamentalism 2.0?” * Organization: The Gospel Coalition (http://www.thegospelcoalition.org)   Facebook Listener Chadáe - “The double standard of modesty” * Blog Post: Modesty - I Don’t Think it Means What You Think it Means by Rachel Held Evans (http://qideas.org/articles/modesty-i-dont-think-it-means-what-you-think-it-means/) * Article: ‘Dad Bod’ Is a Sexist Atrocity by Brian Moylan (http://time.com/author/brian-moylan/)   Facebook Listener Hank  - “virginity. sexual repression and patriarchal or spiritual need/desire?” * Blog Post: Twenty Vile Quotes Against Women By Church Leaders from St. Augustine to Pat Robertson by Valerie Tarico (http://valerietarico.com/2013/07/01/mysogynistquoteschurchfathers/)   Facebook Listener Kyle  - “Since none of these questions seem to actually be something that can be discussed rapidly  I'll throw one in, the theological implications of an ahistorical Genesis (or at least the first 11 chapters), i.e. no historical Adam and Eve, no Fall, etc.” * Irenicast Episode: 003 EVILution – Reconciling Scripture with Science (http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/24/003-evilution-reconciling-scripture-with-science/)   Anonymous Listener - “What bands have you been listening to lately” * Jeff: Alabama Shakes (http://www.alabamashakes.com) * Allen: El 10 11 (http://www.elteneleven.com), Ratatat (http://www.ratatatmusic.com), Eluvium (http://www.eluvium.net), Tycho (http://tychomusic.com/awake/), Glass Animals (http://glassanimals.eu), Modest Mouse (http://modestmouse.com) * Mona: DeVotchka (http://devotchka.net), Everything Everything (http://www.everything-everything.co.uk), Walk the Moon (http://www.walkthemoonband.com), The Local Natives (http://thelocalnatives.com), Laura Marling (http://www.lauramarling.com), Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:08:19
All About Mindfulness – Finding Peace in a World of Mass Distraction – 009 http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/05/009-finding-peace-in-a-world-of-mass-distraction-all-about-mindfulness/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/05/009-finding-peace-in-a-world-of-mass-distraction-all-about-mindfulness/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 12:58:01 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7187 To break up the pattern of heavier topics, this week Jeff, Mona & Allen have a discussion on mindfulness. The team shares their experiences and frustrations with trying to remain present in the midst of loaded schedules, unlimited distractions and nagging insecurities. The conversation is followed by a game of 20… uh, 10 Questions.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/05/009-finding-peace-in-a-world-of-mass-distraction-all-about-mindfulness/feed/ 0 To break up the pattern of heavier topics, this week Jeff, Mona & Allen have a discussion on mindfulness. The team shares their experiences and frustrations with trying to remain present in the midst of loaded schedules, (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/BPI-Irenicast-Episode-009-886x260.jpg) To break up the pattern of heavier topics, this week Jeff, Mona & Allen have a discussion on mindfulness.  The team shares their experiences and frustrations with trying to remain present in the midst of loaded schedules, unlimited distractions and nagging insecurities.  The conversation is followed by a game of 20… uh, 10 Questions. 1. Host Check In (00:25) 2. Conversation on Mindfulness (07:48) 3. 10 Questions (50:34) Relevant Links The Art of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh http://www.amazon.com/Art-Mindfulness-HarperOne-Select-Selects-ebook/dp/B005HG4H24/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1430757636&sr=1-10 (http://www.amazon.com/Art-Mindfulness-HarperOne-Select-Selects-ebook/dp/B005HG4H24/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1430757636&sr=1-10) Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Every-Step-Mindfulness-Everyday/dp/0553351397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430757789&sr=8-1&keywords=peace+every+step (http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Every-Step-Mindfulness-Everyday/dp/0553351397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430757789&sr=8-1&keywords=peace+every+step) What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You) http://lifehacker.com/what-happens-to-the-brain-when-you-meditate-and-how-it-1202533314 (http://lifehacker.com/what-happens-to-the-brain-when-you-meditate-and-how-it-1202533314) The Scientific Power of Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw71zanwMnY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw71zanwMnY) Walden by Henry David Thoreau http://www.amazon.com/Walden-Henry-David-Thoreau/dp/1619493918/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430758036&sr=8-1&keywords=walden+by+thoreau (http://www.amazon.com/Walden-Henry-David-Thoreau/dp/1619493918/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430758036&sr=8-1&keywords=walden+by+thoreau) Dialogues with Silence: Prayers & Drawings by Thomas Merton http://www.amazon.com/Dialogues-Silence-Drawings-Thomas-Merton/dp/0060656034/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430758162&sr=8-1&keywords=thomas+merton+dialogues+with+science (http://www.amazon.com/Dialogues-Silence-Drawings-Thomas-Merton/dp/0060656034/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430758162&sr=8-1&keywords=thomas+merton+dialogues+with+science) Joan Chittister http://joanchittister.org (http://joanchittister.org) Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:01:00
Racism and Dialogue BONUS Episode – Interview with Mariama White-Hammond – 008.5 http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/01/008-5-interview-with-mariama-white-hammond-bonus-episode/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/01/008-5-interview-with-mariama-white-hammond-bonus-episode/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:04:34 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7183 In this bonus episode we continue the conversation on racism and dialogue. Mona interviews Mariama White-Hammond, a community organizer and minister in Boston. Mariama shares insights from her personal experiences and her understandings on issues of racism in... Read More

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/05/01/008-5-interview-with-mariama-white-hammond-bonus-episode/feed/ 0 In this bonus episode we continue the conversation on racism and dialogue. Mona interviews Mariama White-Hammond, a community organizer and minister in Boston. Mariama shares insights from her personal experiences and her understandings on issues of ra... (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/BPI-Irenicast-Episode-008.5-886x260.jpg) In this bonus episode we continue the conversation on racism and dialogue. Mona interviews Mariama White-Hammond, a community organizer and minister in Boston. Mariama shares insights from her personal experiences and her understandings on issues of racism in context of greater US society and civil rights history. Mona and Mariama engage in a heartfelt conversation about what it might mean to live and dialogue in fearless, interconnected ways. Helpful Links From Mariama Check out and support Project Hip-Hop http://www.projecthiphop.org (http://www.projecthiphop.org/) On Baltimore and deep listening href="http://www.salon.com/2015/04/29/dear_white_facebook_friends_i_need_you_to_respect_what_black_america_is_feeling_right_now/">http://www.salon.com/2015/04/29/dear_white_facebook_friends_i_need_you_to_respect_what_black_america_is_feeling_right_now/">http://www.salon.com/2015/04/29/dear_white_facebook_friends_i_need_you_to_respect_what_black_america_is_feeling_right_now/ (http://www.salon.com/2015/04/29/dear_white_facebook_friends_i_need_you_to_respect_what_black_america_is_feeling_right_now/) Credits: Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Mariama White-Hammond no 1:10:33
Racism and Dialogue – “But I Don’t See Color?” – 008 http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/28/008-but-i-dont-see-color-racism-and-dialogue/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/28/008-but-i-dont-see-color-racism-and-dialogue/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:22:36 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7179 Never ones to shy away from a difficult topic, this week the hosts enter into an important discussion on racism and dialogue used in conversations about race. The conversation opens up into an honest look at the history and realities of racism, and ways in which we are all complicit in systems of inequality. After exploring such complexities, Jeff, Mona and Allen shift into a lighter conversation about IreniHacks!, their favorite life-hacks.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/28/008-but-i-dont-see-color-racism-and-dialogue/feed/ 0 Never ones to shy away from a difficult topic, this week the hosts enter into an important discussion on racism and dialogue used in conversations about race. The conversation opens up into an honest look at the history and realities of racism, (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BPI-Irenicast-Episode-008-886x260.jpg) Never ones to shy away from a difficult topic, this week the hosts enter into an important discussion on racism and dialogue used in conversations about race. The conversation opens up into an honest look at the history and realities of racism, and ways in which we are all complicit in systems of inequality.  After exploring such complexities, Jeff, Mona and Allen shift into a lighter conversation about IreniHacks!, their favorite life-hacks. Host Check In (00:25) Discussion on Racism (06:37) IreniHacks! (49:04)   Relevant Links Helpful Links From Our Discussion on Race City Officials, Police Officers Quit After Mo. Voters Elect First Female Black Mayor by Linsey Bever http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/sparks-of-tension-in-a-fading-town/2015/04/23/66a7488e-e9c8-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/sparks-of-tension-in-a-fading-town/2015/04/23/66a7488e-e9c8-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html) Joe vs Jose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR7SG2C7IVU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR7SG2C7IVU) Study Examines Racial Bias at Crosswalks http://trec.pdx.edu/news/study-examines-racial-bias-crosswalks (http://trec.pdx.edu/news/study-examines-racial-bias-crosswalks) The Neuroscience of Race – Is Racism Inbuilt? http://thebrainbank.scienceblog.com/2012/08/18/the-neuroscience-of-race-is-racism-inbuilt/ (http://thebrainbank.scienceblog.com/2012/08/18/the-neuroscience-of-race-is-racism-inbuilt/) PBS - RACE: The Power of an Illusion http://www.pbs.org/race/003_RaceTimeline/003_00-home.htm (http://www.pbs.org/race/003_RaceTimeline/003_00-home.htm) Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Like_Me (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Like_Me) Megyn Kelly Defends Her Santa Comments, Attacks Critics For 'Race Baiting' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cutab_dFswM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cutab_dFswM) White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh https://www.isr.umich.edu/home/diversity/resources/white-privilege.pdf (https://www.isr.umich.edu/home/diversity/resources/white-privilege.pdf) The Guardian - Everyday Racism: What Should We Do? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZUvjAJGFkM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZUvjAJGFkM) The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Lynching-Tree-James-Cone/dp/1626980055 (http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Lynching-Tree-James-Cone/dp/1626980055) Jesus and the Dispossessed by Howard Thurman http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Disinherited-Howard-Thurman/dp/0807010294/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1XPFC7A0APWJ6EKK8HCG (http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Disinherited-Howard-Thurman/dp/0807010294/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1XPFC7A0APWJ6EKK8HCG) Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum http://www.amazon.com/Black-Kids-Sitting-Together-Cafeteria/dp/0465083617 (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Kids-Sitting-Together-Cafeteria/dp/0465083617) Links For Our Ireni-Hacks Wire/Cable Management http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/15-cord-management-life-hacks-for-no-more-tangled-wires/ (http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/15-cord-management-life-hacks-for-no-more-tangled-wires/) Blowhard 5000 (Courtesy of the great Alton Brown (http://altonbrown.com)) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLCmxKs4oXU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLCmxKs4oXU) Soda Tabs & Hangers http://lifehacker.com/5946857/use-soda-can-tabs-to-create-double-coat-hangers-keep-shirts-and-pants-together (http://lifehacker.com/5946857/use-soda-can-tabs-to-create-double-coat-hangers-keep-shirts-and-pants-together) Seal Plastic Cereal Bags With Old Bottle Tops http://lifehacker.com/5653113/seal-plastic-bags-with-old-bottle-caps (http://lifehacker.com/5653113/seal-plastic-bags-with-old-bottle-caps)   Credits Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:05:42
A Prayer for Nepal http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/27/a-prayer-for-nepal/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/27/a-prayer-for-nepal/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:21:12 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7171 A Prayer for Nepal - Merciful and loving God, we pray for all those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. We know you to be a God whose love knows no bounds. Although tragedies like this make it harder for us to affirm that, we thank You for being patient enough to allow us to cry out. At times to even cry out against You with questions and accusations. In the end, however, we have hope that You fill all those who suffer with Your comfort and peace, through the hands of those acting from a place of love.

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Do Humans Have Souls? – I Challenge You To A Dualism! – 007 http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/21/007-i-challenge-you-to-a-dualism-do-humans-have-souls/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/21/007-i-challenge-you-to-a-dualism-do-humans-have-souls/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:02:41 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7164 Do humans have souls? Getting meta this week, the team talks about the nature of human nature, whether we have free will, how to think about souls, and how religion, philosophy and science can shape our understandings of these mysteries. Hilarity ensues when Jeff, Mona and Allen play a game called Judging A Book By Its Cover.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/21/007-i-challenge-you-to-a-dualism-do-humans-have-souls/feed/ 0 Do humans have souls? Getting meta this week, the team talks about the nature of human nature, whether we have free will, how to think about souls, and how religion, philosophy and science can shape our understandings of these mysteries. (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BPI-Irenicast-Episode-007.jpg) Do humans have souls?  Getting meta this week, the team talks about the nature of human nature, whether we have free will, how to think about souls, and how religion, philosophy and science can shape our understandings of these mysteries. Hilarity ensues when Jeff, Mona and Allen play a game called Judging A Book By Its Cover. Host Check In (00:24) Discussion On the Soul (06:49) Judging A Book By Its Cover (49:49) Credits: Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise at www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic)  Rate, Review and Subscribe through iTunes & Stitcher iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr) Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us   Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:04:30
Religious Freedom Restoration Act – You Can’t Have Your Cake OR Eat It – 006 http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/14/006-you-cant-have-your-cake-or-eat-it-religious-freedom-restoration-act/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/14/006-you-cant-have-your-cake-or-eat-it-religious-freedom-restoration-act/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:49:22 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7160 Jeff, Mona, & Allen tackle all things religious and free. This week, that happens to be Indiana’s widely disputed SB 101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They follow up the discussion with Say What?!, a segment involving speaking before thinking… as if their podcast didn’t have enough of that already.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/14/006-you-cant-have-your-cake-or-eat-it-religious-freedom-restoration-act/feed/ 0 Jeff, Mona, & Allen tackle all things religious and free. This week, that happens to be Indiana’s widely disputed SB 101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They follow up the discussion with Say What?!, a segment involving speaking before thinking… as ... (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BPI-Irenicast-Episode-006.jpg) Jeff, Mona, & Allen tackle all things religious and free. This week, that happens to be Indiana’s widely disputed SB 101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They follow up the discussion with Say What?!, a segment involving speaking before thinking… as if their podcast didn’t have enough of that already.   Host Check In (00:22) Religious Freedom Discussion (06:30) Say What?! (48:07) Relevant Links Article - Opinion: Indiana Didn’t Actually Pass an Anti-Gay Bill by Brett Arends: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/indiana-didnt-actually-pass-an-anti-gay-bill-2015-03-30 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/indiana-didnt-actually-pass-an-anti-gay-bill-2015-03-30) An Irenicon Blog Post - Definitive List of 2014’s Attacks on Christianity by Allen: http://www.anirenicon.com/2014/03/29/the-definitive-list-of-2014s-attacks-on-christianity-which-um-arent-that-at-all/ (http://www.anirenicon.com/2014/03/29/the-definitive-list-of-2014s-attacks-on-christianity-which-um-arent-that-at-all/) Nanner Puss Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHo_ZFKiCx0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHo_ZFKiCx0) My Hands Are Bananas Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO10s_HK6d0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO10s_HK6d0) Corrections In episode #006, All-Consuming Buyer Mona said UNICEF but should have said Unilever.   Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise at www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic) Rate, Review and Subscribe through iTunes & Stitcher iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) Stitcher – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr)  Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:01:38
Challenging Consumer Culture – All-Consuming Buyer – 005 http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/07/005-all-consuming-buyer-challenging-consumer-culture/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/07/005-all-consuming-buyer-challenging-consumer-culture/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:18:46 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7150 This week on Irenicast Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss the good, bad, and ugly about living in a consumer culture. Then, like good little consumers, they weigh in on favorite movies, what their celebrity couple name would be, and the meaning of the word “awesomeful.”

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/04/07/005-all-consuming-buyer-challenging-consumer-culture/feed/ 0 This week on Irenicast Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss the good, bad, and ugly about living in a consumer culture. Then, like good little consumers, they weigh in on favorite movies, what their celebrity couple name would be, (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Episode-005-Blog-Image.jpg) This week on Irenicast Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss the good, bad, and ugly about living in a consumer culture. Then, like good little consumers, they weigh in on favorite movies, what their celebrity couple name would be, and the meaning of the word “awesomeful.” Host Check-In (00:22) Consumerism Discussion (05:21) Getting to Know Your Hosts (48:47) Relevant Links An Irenicon Blog Post - What If Shopping Malls Are Really Sanctuaries? by Allen http://www.anirenicon.com/2015/03/07/shopping-malls-really-sanctuaries/ (http://www.anirenicon.com/2015/03/07/shopping-malls-really-sanctuaries/)   Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise at www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic) Rate, Review and Subscribe through iTunes & Stitcher iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) Stitcher - http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr) Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:02:31
The Nature of Biblical Texts – Wholly Scripture, Batman! – 004 http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/31/004-wholly-scripture-batman-the-nature-of-biblical-texts/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/31/004-wholly-scripture-batman-the-nature-of-biblical-texts/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:32:19 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7014 Hipsters, the Bible and Batman this week on Irenicast. The team gets into a deep discussion of the nature of Biblical text, what interpretation means, and how to treat ancient sacred texts with respect. Also, Mona and Allen play a round of Missing Link, while Jeff plays an entirely different game.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/31/004-wholly-scripture-batman-the-nature-of-biblical-texts/feed/ 0 Hipsters, the Bible and Batman this week on Irenicast. The team gets into a deep discussion of the nature of Biblical text, what interpretation means, and how to treat ancient sacred texts with respect. Also, Mona and Allen play a round of Missing Link, (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Episode-004-Blog-Image.jpg) Hipsters, the Bible and Batman this week on Irenicast. The team gets into a deep discussion of the nature of Biblical text, what interpretation means, and how to treat ancient sacred texts with respect. Also, Mona and Allen play a round of Missing Link, while Jeff plays an entirely different game. Host Check-In (00:22) Bible Discussion (08:10) Missing Link (50:54)   Relevant Links The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns  http://tinyurl.com/pslulpx (http://tinyurl.com/pslulpx) How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee http://tinyurl.com/q937szr (http://tinyurl.com/q937szr) The Last Word by N.T. Wright http://tinyurl.com/nr9w2qv (http://tinyurl.com/nr9w2qv) Plowshares & Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic by Brent Sandy http://tinyurl.com/nq6ytje (http://tinyurl.com/nq6ytje) Reading the Bible Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg http://tinyurl.com/qfryxuj (http://tinyurl.com/qfryxuj) Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation by Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza http://tinyurl.com/q79l2f6 (http://tinyurl.com/q79l2f6) Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space by Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza http://tinyurl.com/p95hwak (http://tinyurl.com/p95hwak) Battered Love (Overtures to Biblical Theology) by Renita Weems http://tinyurl.com/plrwz4n (http://tinyurl.com/plrwz4n)   Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise at www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic) Rate, Review and Subscribe through iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (https://twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 58:41
Reconciling Scripture with Science – EVILution – 003 http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/24/003-evilution-reconciling-scripture-with-science/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/24/003-evilution-reconciling-scripture-with-science/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:23:19 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=7006 How do we go about reconciling scripture with science? This week Jeff, Mona & Allen scratch the surface of the issues around Evolution versus Creationism, from ancient times to present. Bookending their conversation they reflect on some moments from their history in youth groups and play a particularly scandalous round of Jesus Juke.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/24/003-evilution-reconciling-scripture-with-science/feed/ 0 How do we go about reconciling scripture with science? This week Jeff, Mona & Allen scratch the surface of the issues around Evolution versus Creationism, from ancient times to present. Bookending their conversation they reflect on some moments from ... (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Episode-003-Blog-Image.jpg) How do we go about reconciling scripture with science?  This week Jeff, Mona & Allen scratch the surface of the issues around Evolution versus Creationism, from ancient times to present.  Bookending their conversation they reflect on some moments from their history in youth groups and play a particularly scandalous round of Jesus Juke.Host Check in (00:29) Conversation on Evolution and Creationism (07:48) Jesus Juke (45:08)   Relevant Links An Irenicon Blog Posts: Evolution Series http://www.anirenicon.com/category/blog/evolution-series/ (http://www.anirenicon.com/category/blog/evolution-series/) The Enuma Elish http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/enuma.htm (http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/enuma.htm) Understanding Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Genesis-Heritage-Biblical-Israel/dp/0805202536/ref=la_B001K89WG4_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426026810&sr=1-4 (http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Genesis-Heritage-Biblical-Israel/dp/0805202536/ref=la_B001K89WG4_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426026810&sr=1-4)   Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise at facebook.com/SoulwiseMusic (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic) Read Us - irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us - fb.com/irenicast (http://www.fb.com/irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 56:40
A Christian Response to War – Finding A Third Way – 002 http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/17/002-finding-a-third-way-a-christian-response-to-war/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/17/002-finding-a-third-way-a-christian-response-to-war/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6998 Between discussing candy bars and playing a game of Famous Christians for 100, Jeff, Mona and Allen have a serious conversation about the curious relationship between Christianity and militarism. What should be a Christian response to war? In attempt to answer this question they explore visions for just religious responses to violence.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/17/002-finding-a-third-way-a-christian-response-to-war/feed/ 0 Between discussing candy bars and playing a game of Famous Christians for 100, Jeff, Mona and Allen have a serious conversation about the curious relationship between Christianity and militarism. What should be a Christian response to war? (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Episode-002-Blog-Image.jpg) Between discussing candy bars and playing a game of Famous Christians for 100, Jeff, Mona and Allen have a serious conversation about the curious relationship between Christianity and militarism.  What should be a Christian response to war?  In attempt to answer this question they explore visions for just religious responses to violence. Relevant Links American Progress, John Gast - www.picturinghistory.gc.cuny.edu/item.php?item_id=180 (www.picturinghistory.gc.cuny.edu/item.php?item_id=180) An Irenicon Blog Post: Talking About War, American Mass Media and Christian Theology by Allen anirenicon.com/2014/01/07/talking-about-war-american-mass-media-and-christian-theology/ (http://www.anirenicon.com/2014/01/07/talking-about-war-american-mass-media-and-christian-theology/) Barmen Declaration – www.sacred-texts.com/chr/barmen.ht (http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/barmen.ht)   Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise at www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic) Rate, Review and Subscribe through iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) Read Us – www.irenicast.com (www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:03:56
Leaving Evangelicalism – BONUS Episode – 001.5 http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/13/001-5-east-of-eden-supplemental-bonus-episode/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/13/001-5-east-of-eden-supplemental-bonus-episode/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:19:00 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6984 In this Leaving Evangelicalism bonus episode, Mona takes on the quest of answering the following question: where did Evangelicalism come from? What is it, exactly, and how did it become the multi-faceted movement it is today? Along with her guest and co-host Allen, the two trace the family tree of Christianity through looking at church history, from ancient to modern times. This is a fun conversation, but we want to mention it is also quite information-heavy.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/13/001-5-east-of-eden-supplemental-bonus-episode/feed/ 0 In this Leaving Evangelicalism bonus episode, Mona takes on the quest of answering the following question: where did Evangelicalism come from? What is it, exactly, and how did it become the multi-faceted movement it is today? (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Episode-001.5-Blog-Image1.jpg) In this Leaving Evangelicalism bonus episode, Mona takes on the quest of answering the following question: where did Evangelicalism come from? What is it, exactly, and how did it become the multi-faceted movement it is today? Along with her guest and co-host Allen, the two trace the family tree of Christianity through looking at church history, from ancient to modern times. This is a fun conversation, but we want to mention it is also quite information-heavy. Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us – podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us – @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:25:59
Leaving Evangelicalism – East of Eden – 001 http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/10/001-east-of-eden-leaving-evangelicalism/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/10/001-east-of-eden-leaving-evangelicalism/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:46:29 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6951 In the inaugural episode of Irenicast, Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss their journeys leaving Evangelicalism. Plus they will play a little game they like to call Jesus or Jay-Z.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/10/001-east-of-eden-leaving-evangelicalism/feed/ 3 In the inaugural episode of Irenicast, Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss their journeys leaving Evangelicalism. Plus they will play a little game they like to call Jesus or Jay-Z. (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Episode-001-Blog-Image-e1426110651174.jpg) In the inaugural episode of Irenicast, Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss their journeys leaving Evangelicalism.  Plus they will play a little game they like to call Jesus or Jay-Z. Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us - podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us - @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:03:57
What If Shopping Malls Are Really Sanctuaries? http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/07/shopping-malls-really-sanctuaries/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/07/shopping-malls-really-sanctuaries/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:45:26 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6905 The mall in my town looks more like a religious sanctuary than I ever realized.  I mean, its presence is literally cathedral-like. In fact, the mall itself is a nod to medieval Christian architecture in its “cruciformity” (the building, from... Read More

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Conversations on Faith and Culture – Introducing Irenicast – 000 http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/04/000-introducing-irenicast/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/04/000-introducing-irenicast/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:05:12 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6895 An Irenicon is very excited to introduce Irenicast, our new weekly podcast dedicated to conversations on faith and culture. Our first official episode will be posted on Tuesday, 3/10/15. Join hosts, Jeff, Mona & Allen as they explore various topics from pop culture to more serious issues impacting religion, society, and day-to-day life.

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http://anirenicon.com/2015/03/04/000-introducing-irenicast/feed/ 0 An Irenicon is very excited to introduce Irenicast, our new weekly podcast dedicated to conversations on faith and culture. Our first official episode will be posted on Tuesday, 3/10/15. Join hosts, Jeff, Mona & Allen as they explore various topics fro... (http://www.anirenicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/cohosts1-1024x468.jpg) An Irenicon is very excited to introduce Irenicast, our new weekly podcast dedicated to conversations on faith and culture. Our first official episode will be posted on Tuesday, 3/10/15. Join hosts, Jeff, Mona & Allen as they explore various topics from pop culture to more serious issues impacting religion, society, and day-to-day life. Credits Intro and outro music by Mike Golin, check out his band Soulwise (http://www.fb.com/SoulwiseMusic). Thank you for supporting the podcast!  Your ratings, reviews and feedback are not only encouraging to us personally, but they help others find the show.  If you appreciate the content we provide please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/irenicast/id973641238) and Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/irenicast?refid=stpr). Read Us – www.irenicast.com (http://www.irenicast.com) Email Us – podcast@irenicast.com (mailto:podcast@irenicast.com) Follow Us – @irenicast (http://www.twitter.com/irenicast) Like Us – www.fb.com/Irenicast (http://www.fb.com/Irenicast) Love Us Jeff, Mona & Allen no 1:26
When I See Pictures of Victims http://anirenicon.com/2015/01/30/see-pictures-victims/ http://anirenicon.com/2015/01/30/see-pictures-victims/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:49:45 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6743 To be sure, a cityscape is not made of flesh. Still, sheared-off buildings are almost as eloquent as bodies in the street. -Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others A photograph of refugees streaming out of war-torn Yarmouk introduces an online... Read More

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Guest Post: Our Christmas Hope – An Advent Reflection http://anirenicon.com/2014/12/17/guest-post-christmas-hope-advent-reflection/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/12/17/guest-post-christmas-hope-advent-reflection/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:42:38 +0000 http://www.anirenicon.com/?p=6720 Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Jesus’ birthday during the winter? Have you ever wondered why we celebrate his birthday at all? It is not as if we know Jesus’ actual date of birth. All we know... Read More

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My Life With Night Terrors, Demons, And “Alice In Wonderland Syndrome” http://anirenicon.com/2014/10/28/my-life-with-night-terrors-demons-and-alice-in-wonderland-syndrome/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/10/28/my-life-with-night-terrors-demons-and-alice-in-wonderland-syndrome/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:33:27 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6578 “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,”... Read More

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Why We Love The Rapture http://anirenicon.com/2014/10/22/why-we-love-the-rapture/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/10/22/why-we-love-the-rapture/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:13:40 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6523 “I know you all want answers, and believe me, so do I.“ – Captain Rayford Steele, Left Behind 2014. I was a child of the late 90’s and an evangelical Christian so, naturally, I read the wildly popular Left... Read More

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The Cure For “Racial Tensions?” http://anirenicon.com/2014/10/01/the-cure-for-racial-tensions/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/10/01/the-cure-for-racial-tensions/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:17:11 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6479 Answers in Genesis emailed me ten days ago. They claimed to have found the cure for “racial tensions” (and yes, they used quotation marks). “Racial tensions” manifested by the likes of street demonstrations in Ferguson, use-of-force inquires, the shooting... Read More

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The Spirit Doesn’t Protect You From Stupidity http://anirenicon.com/2014/09/03/the-spirit-doesnt-protect-you-from-stupidity/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/09/03/the-spirit-doesnt-protect-you-from-stupidity/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:38:36 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6411 If there is one thing the book of Judges teaches, it’s this:  God’s Spirit doesn’t prevent you from doing something stupid. Which turns out to be really good news. But we’ll get to that. To see what I mean,... Read More

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The Christian community validates Jesus’ legitimacy (or at least it should) http://anirenicon.com/2014/07/01/the-christian-community-validates-jesus-legitimacy-or-at-least-it-should/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/07/01/the-christian-community-validates-jesus-legitimacy-or-at-least-it-should/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:04:36 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6370 This is the transcription of a sermon that I preached at Elk Grove Congregational Church on 6/29/14. It is, in fact, the first transcript I’ve ever shared and the form is different from what I normally post on an irenicon.... Read More

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Let’s Make A New Testament Law Code! http://anirenicon.com/2014/06/27/lets-make-a-new-testament-law-code/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/06/27/lets-make-a-new-testament-law-code/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=6329 Out with the Old and in with the New, let’s figure this stuff out; those who are in, those who are out. Preachers and theologians routinely tell me that Paul argued for a post-Law community of Christians united not... Read More

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Leaving Behind Left Behind Theology http://anirenicon.com/2014/06/09/leaving-behind-left-behind-theology/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/06/09/leaving-behind-left-behind-theology/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:00:07 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6255 Nicolas Cage is slated to one-up Kirk Cameron in the latest Left Behind movie this October. The movie is based on a novel based on a theology based on Darby’s method for reading prophecy in the Bible. I myself read... Read More

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Call it Complementarianism all you want, but this is what it looks like. http://anirenicon.com/2014/06/06/call-it-complementarianism-all-you-want-but-this-is-what-it-looks-like/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/06/06/call-it-complementarianism-all-you-want-but-this-is-what-it-looks-like/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:03:23 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6239   despot[Complementarian]ism: a form of government in which a single entity, individual or group rules with absolute power.

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Remembering Differently: Memorial Day http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/26/remembering-differently-memorial-day/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/26/remembering-differently-memorial-day/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 19:11:10 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=6210 If my Facebook newsfeed is any indication, Americans do not approach Memorial Day in a uniform way. Some Americans barbecue, party, and celebrate their day off work while others lament the national disconnect with “what the holiday is... Read More

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“God Isn’t A Man, But He’s Male?” http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/22/god-isnt-a-man-but-hes-male/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/22/god-isnt-a-man-but-hes-male/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 02:32:41 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6182 Someone at the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood recently read an article that Rachel Held Evans wrote back in 2012. In it, Evans referred to God as “She.” The President of the Council, not wanting to miss an opportunity to... Read More

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Purity Culture, Jesus, and the Markan Narrative http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/18/purity-culture-jesus-and-the-markan-narrative/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/18/purity-culture-jesus-and-the-markan-narrative/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 15:44:30 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6127 The evangelical obsession with purity. Reminds me of ritual purity law. Especially when it determines who is inside the circle. And who is not. The Gospel of Mark is full of little devices I like to call “Markan... Read More

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A Rule For Every Preacher http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/15/a-rule-for-every-preacher-that-every-preacher-breaks/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/05/15/a-rule-for-every-preacher-that-every-preacher-breaks/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 21:07:58 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6079 Whenever you preach, preachers, for the love of God – Represent the opposition fairly. Standing in front of an assembled congregation and making claims about God, the world, and what God has to say to this world will inevitably... Read More

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Jesus Denies Having Wife, Says Foreknowledge of Followers’ Sexual Repression Assured His Perpetual Bachelorhood http://anirenicon.com/2014/04/12/jesus-denies-having-wife-says-foreknowledge-of-followers-sexual-repression-assured-his-perpetual-bachelorhood/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/04/12/jesus-denies-having-wife-says-foreknowledge-of-followers-sexual-repression-assured-his-perpetual-bachelorhood/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:38:31 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=6049 In response to the verification of the ancient papyrus popularly dubbed Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, the Lord himself issued a statement denying that he ever married: “I know that Dan Brown and a fourth century scribe have suggested that I... Read More

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The Definitive List of 2014’s Attacks on Christianity Which, Um, Aren’t That at All. http://anirenicon.com/2014/03/29/the-definitive-list-of-2014s-attacks-on-christianity-which-um-arent-that-at-all/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/03/29/the-definitive-list-of-2014s-attacks-on-christianity-which-um-arent-that-at-all/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:00:10 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5995 1. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Surely Aronofsky’s adaptation of Israel’s adaptation of Babylon’s adaptation of a great flood story is an affront to God. 2. Hobby Lobby’s insurance requirements. Because Jesus said, “requiring companies to provide insurance for employees and their contraceptive... Read More

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90’s Chain-Email-Turned-Movie Convinces Atheists They Are “Just Angry At God” http://anirenicon.com/2014/03/23/90s-chain-email-turned-movie-convinces-atheists-they-are-just-angry-at-god/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/03/23/90s-chain-email-turned-movie-convinces-atheists-they-are-just-angry-at-god/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:34:09 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5968 A philosophy professor lifts up a piece of chalk, eyes his students, then dares God to prevent it from breaking.  The class watches as he opens his hand and the chalk breaks on the ground, falsifying the God-hypothesis.... Read More

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Mark Driscoll’s Publishing Tactics Trigger A Golden Age For Christian Publishing http://anirenicon.com/2014/03/07/mark-driscolls-publishing-tactics-trigger-a-golden-age-for-christian-publishing/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/03/07/mark-driscolls-publishing-tactics-trigger-a-golden-age-for-christian-publishing/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:46:43 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5941 First he published the book that inspired Christian sex everywhere, now Mark Dirscoll’s methods are inspiring what some have called “a golden age for Christian publishing… and for the Gospel.” It turns out that the publishing game is a difficult... Read More

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5 Ways Creationism Is Bad For Christianity http://anirenicon.com/2014/02/04/5-ways-creationism-is-bad-for-christianity/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/02/04/5-ways-creationism-is-bad-for-christianity/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:48:24 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5889 Sure creationism makes us look silly, but it does so much more than that. I fancy myself a creationist in the sense that I believe God is the initial cause of the universe, but I am not a... Read More

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Vatican Discovers Pope Is Actually An “Everyday Variety Christian” Posing As Church Leader http://anirenicon.com/2014/01/20/vatican-discovers-pope-is-actually-an-everyday-variety-christian-posing-as-church-leader/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/01/20/vatican-discovers-pope-is-actually-an-everyday-variety-christian-posing-as-church-leader/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:48:01 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5773 The story has all the elements of a Dan Brown novel:  secret meetings, falsified information, and a magisterial cover-up  sure to shock faithful people around the globe. It all started when Nathan Paduka, a mid-level Vatican Aide II,... Read More

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What If The Guy Who Shot The Mid-Movie Texter Wasn’t Crazy? http://anirenicon.com/2014/01/15/what-if-the-guy-who-shot-the-mid-movie-texter-wasnt-crazy/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/01/15/what-if-the-guy-who-shot-the-mid-movie-texter-wasnt-crazy/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:36:14 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5747 This past week a retired police officer gunned down a man in a theater for texting during a movie. He was texting his three-year-old daughter’s day care center. Immediate reactions, including my own, supposed that the shooter was... Read More

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Talking About War: American Mass Media and Christian Theology http://anirenicon.com/2014/01/07/talking-about-war-american-mass-media-and-christian-theology/ http://anirenicon.com/2014/01/07/talking-about-war-american-mass-media-and-christian-theology/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:06:00 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5719 This project centers on mass media portrayals of military and warfare in the United States and seeks to reflect upon them through the application of practical theology.  Elements of the Christian theological tradition will serve the current project... Read More

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What If I Told You There Was No “Inn” http://anirenicon.com/2013/12/21/what-if-i-told-you-that-your-christmas-story-is-probably-wrong/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/12/21/what-if-i-told-you-that-your-christmas-story-is-probably-wrong/#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:33:54 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5690 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to... Read More

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We Need A Better Term For Male Feminists http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/23/we-need-a-better-term-for-male-feminists/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/23/we-need-a-better-term-for-male-feminists/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:00:19 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5392 You could call me a feminist, if indeed you agree with certain proponents of feminist ideology, but labeling men “feminists” might be the worst kind of misnomer, as many others have pointed out. A basic premise of feminism considers... Read More

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Strange Dispensations http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/19/strange-dispensations/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/19/strange-dispensations/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 20:20:55 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5553   Have an opinion? There’s a conference for that ™

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Come Down, Dear John. The “Strange Fire” Thing Isn’t Worth It. http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/18/come-down-dear-john-the-strange-fire-thing-isnt-worth-it/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/18/come-down-dear-john-the-strange-fire-thing-isnt-worth-it/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:44:20 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5363 You and I met in 2008.  I had watched you speak and read what you wrote for some time, I even received your scholarship. But in 2008 I graduated from your college with a B.A. in Bible and... Read More

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3 Reasons Why We Don’t Study Kingdom-ology http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/15/3-reasons-why-we-dont-study-kingdom-ology/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/15/3-reasons-why-we-dont-study-kingdom-ology/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:16:44 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5262 “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Jesus “Thy kingdom come.”- Everyone Else It was a decent question. He had just reviewed 1st century Greek terms like pneuma and theos, then wondered aloud to the class, “if... Read More

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Malala Yousafzai Is Great And All, But She Isn’t A Christian? http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/11/malala-yousafzai-is-great-and-all-but-she-isnt-a-christian/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/11/malala-yousafzai-is-great-and-all-but-she-isnt-a-christian/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:15:24 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5217 I just can’t do it. I was going to write this satirically, but I will not. I won’t write it because Malala Yousafzai’s remarkable story is filled with strength, hope, and love… the very characteristics of the God... Read More

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Government Shuts Down, Church Realizes God Isn’t American http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/05/government-shuts-down-church-realizes-god-isnt-american/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/05/government-shuts-down-church-realizes-god-isnt-american/#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:00:47 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=5176 The nation’s press erupted on Tuesday in the aftermath of a U.S. government shutdown. Commentary on possible ramifications quickly surfaced and speculation about everything from the future of the economy to the fate of the beloved San Diego... Read More

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Christians Abandon The Gospel Coalition In Droves After Positive Breaking Bad Review, Citing Show’s Brief Nudity As “Unwholesome” http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/03/christians-abandon-the-gospel-coalition-in-droves-after-positive-breaking-bad-review-citing-shows-brief-nudity-as-unwholesome/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/10/03/christians-abandon-the-gospel-coalition-in-droves-after-positive-breaking-bad-review-citing-shows-brief-nudity-as-unwholesome/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:51:10 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5117 The Gospel Coalition, a once-bastion of all things conservative and Evangelical, is facing an image problem.   It all started when TGC published an article entitled “Badly Broken”, in which Chris McNerney and Daniel Lee review AMC’s show... Read More

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Praying Like You Aren’t Perfect http://anirenicon.com/2013/09/29/praying-like-you-arent-perfect-a-sunday-reflection/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/09/29/praying-like-you-arent-perfect-a-sunday-reflection/#comments Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:38:32 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=5054 This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. -Augustine I guess it’s a bold thing to pray as an imperfect person, for imperfect people.  I understand this so well, in fact, that... Read More

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Love for the Bible Led Me to Evolution [Part 4: Consequences] http://anirenicon.com/2013/09/21/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-part-4-consequences/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/09/21/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-part-4-consequences/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:37:42 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4965 This is the final post in a four part series on evolution and Christianity. Part 1: Fundamentals Part 2: Scripture  Part 3: Science Part 4: Consequences Consequences. Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise... Read More

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This One’s for All the Good Christian Kids http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/11/this-ones-for-all-the-good-christian-kids-a-sunday-reflection/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/11/this-ones-for-all-the-good-christian-kids-a-sunday-reflection/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:34:42 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4869 I was a good Christian kid. Maybe even that good Christian kid. And sometimes it was terrible. Terrible?  Really?  Am I serious?  The fact that I need to explain myself constitutes part of the problem.  I know many of the... Read More

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Equal Education, Unequal Pay: Gender Wage Gap Infographic http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/07/equal-education-unequal-pay-gender-wage-gap-infographic/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/07/equal-education-unequal-pay-gender-wage-gap-infographic/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:30:32 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4705 The good people over at Learn Stuff saw the article I wrote about a certain historical, theological perspective on gender.  They wanted to add something to the conversation and asked me to pass along this fantastic infographic on the... Read More

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Love for the Bible Led Me to Evolution [Part 3: Science] http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/03/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-part-3-science/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/03/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-part-3-science/#comments Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:05:41 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4532 This is the third in a four part series on evolution and Christianity. Part 1: Fundamentals Part 2: Scripture  Part 3: Science Part 4: Consequences Science. I don’t have ”faith in science.” I have made a conscious, intellectual decision... Read More

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When your faith is up and down like a roller coaster, but trying harder doesn’t cut it http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/01/your-faith-is-up-and-down-like-a-roller-coaster-but-trying-harder-doesnt-cut-it/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/08/01/your-faith-is-up-and-down-like-a-roller-coaster-but-trying-harder-doesnt-cut-it/#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:33:43 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4635 “I’ve been struggling with doubt.  Maybe not doubt, but I just don’t feel God’s presence like I did before.” You might have said these words.  And if you haven’t said them, at least you’ve heard them.  And if you... Read More

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Love for the Bible Led Me to Evolution [Part 2: Scripture] http://anirenicon.com/2013/07/27/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-2-scripture/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/07/27/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-2-scripture/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:31:46 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4338 This is the second in a four part series on evolution and Christianity. Part 1: Fundamentals Part 2: Scripture  Part 3: Science Part 4: Consequences Scripture. The lover affirms the reality and the otherness of the beloved. Love... Read More

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Love for the Bible Led Me to Evolution [Part 1: Fundamentals] http://anirenicon.com/2013/07/20/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-part-1-fundamentals/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/07/20/love-for-the-bible-led-me-to-evolution-part-1-fundamentals/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:00:21 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4282 This is the first in a four part series on evolution and Christianity. Part 1: Fundamentals Part 2: Scripture Part 3: Science Part 4: Consequences Fundamentals. The lover affirms the reality and the otherness of the beloved. Love... Read More

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Speaking of God http://anirenicon.com/2013/07/16/how-not-to-speak-of-god/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/07/16/how-not-to-speak-of-god/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:22:12 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4215 A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day. -Emily Dickinson In nearly every instance, speaking of God requires the use of metaphor.  We don’t have a whole... Read More

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Church Sign Offers Churchy Medical Advice http://anirenicon.com/2013/04/26/church-sign-offers-churchy-medical-advice/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/04/26/church-sign-offers-churchy-medical-advice/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:04:21 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=4146 Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is... Read More

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Portrait Of A Christian Punk/Rock/Ska Adolescence http://anirenicon.com/2013/04/11/portrait-of-a-christian-punkrockska-adolescence/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/04/11/portrait-of-a-christian-punkrockska-adolescence/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:25:08 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=4101 You’ve probably heard of Switchfoot, P.O.D., and maybe even MxPx‘s “Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo”… but if you recognize any of these bands, there’s a good chance that you had a Christian punk/rock/ska adolescence of your... Read More

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Sometimes It’s Hard To See The Execution For All The Pomp http://anirenicon.com/2013/04/03/sometimes-its-hard-to-see-the-execution-for-all-the-pomp/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/04/03/sometimes-its-hard-to-see-the-execution-for-all-the-pomp/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:15:14 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1024 Christian worship is somewhat morbid.  At least it used to be.  I have smoothed over the story of Jesus’ death so often that it has lost some of its texture, some of its content.  I regularly sing songs... Read More

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A Huge God Small Enough For A Grave http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/31/sunday-reflection-a-huge-god-small-enough-for-a-grave/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/31/sunday-reflection-a-huge-god-small-enough-for-a-grave/#comments Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:30:50 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=3983 All we are is dust in the wind, dude… dust, wind, dude. – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure   An early Christian went to ancient Athens and told a story. The Greeks in Athens were well known for... Read More

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RE: “Distracted” – Satan Didn’t Post That Picture, I Did. http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/29/re-distracted-satan-didnt-post-that-picture-i-did/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/29/re-distracted-satan-didnt-post-that-picture-i-did/#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:42:18 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=3661 DEAR CAITLIN, Your post blew up today. Christians on Facebook and Twitter have been reposting your article like crazy, which I’m sure has pleasantly surprised you. You are probably both a kind and intelligent person, but your article is neither... Read More

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5 Reasons Why Atheism Should Be Illegal http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/28/5-reasons-why-atheism-should-be-illegal/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/28/5-reasons-why-atheism-should-be-illegal/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:57:55 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=3588 Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe... Read More

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A Little Birthday Theology Pun http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/24/a-little-birthday-theology-pun/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/24/a-little-birthday-theology-pun/#comments Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:24:55 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=3550 For my birthday, my family showed me that it’s sometimes ok to be a dispensationalist.

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And God Blessed The World With The Babel Incident http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/17/sunday-reflection-and-god-blessed-the-world-with-the-babel-incident/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/17/sunday-reflection-and-god-blessed-the-world-with-the-babel-incident/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:30:23 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=3507 …from there the LORD dispersed them over all the earth. -Genesis 11:8 The Tower of Babel is not about human pride and divine judgment.* Crazy, I know. But before we get there, read the 11 verse story again... Read More

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3 [Untrue] Christian Stories – Know A Parable When You See One http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/12/3-untrue-christian-stories-know-a-parable-when-you-see-one/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/12/3-untrue-christian-stories-know-a-parable-when-you-see-one/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:30:32 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2515 There’s nothing wrong with stretching the Truth. We stretch taffy, and that just makes it more delicious. – Stephen Colbert You’ve seen the stories; the one about the little girl whose atheist parents kill each other while she... Read More

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John 9 and the Sassy Blind Man http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/10/sunday-reflection-john-9-and-the-sassy-blind-man/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/10/sunday-reflection-john-9-and-the-sassy-blind-man/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:22:25 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=3299 It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. In this episode, Jesus heals a blind man on the Sabbath and upsets the religious authorities.  They’re upset because Jesus, a veritable “nobody,” is being called a prophet... Read More

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The “Divine Coin Flip”: A Perfect God Using Less-Than-Perfect Means http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/05/the-divine-coin-flip-a-perfect-god-using-less-than-perfect-mean/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/03/05/the-divine-coin-flip-a-perfect-god-using-less-than-perfect-mean/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:21:24 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=2739 Work smart, not hard. -Anonymous It is entirely uncontroversial in Christian circles to suggest that God communicates through culture; we believe that God speaks through written books and human mouths. Suggest for a moment that these tools of... Read More

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The Art of Listening and Giving Damns http://anirenicon.com/2013/02/06/the-art-of-listening-and-giving-damns/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/02/06/the-art-of-listening-and-giving-damns/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:43 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=2707 The average person receives very little high-quality listening from other people, probably less than five or ten minutes a week. –William Miller and Kathleen Jackson Listening is high art. Sure, all of us are compulsive hearers – what... Read More

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God Uses Means: Or, How to Avoid Complete Cynicism http://anirenicon.com/2013/01/28/god-uses-means-or-how-to-avoid-complete-cynicism/ http://anirenicon.com/2013/01/28/god-uses-means-or-how-to-avoid-complete-cynicism/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:09:08 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=2698 There was a moment in worship at Winter Camp last week when all I could think about was change. I was thinking about how I could change myself, how I would change the camp experience if I could,... Read More

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When Someone Called Me “Pastor” for the First Time http://anirenicon.com/2012/11/12/when-someone-called-me-pastor-for-the-first-time/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/11/12/when-someone-called-me-pastor-for-the-first-time/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:05:25 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2683 Found at E’vry Day I’m Pastorin’…

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“St. Jerome” by Caravaggio http://anirenicon.com/2012/11/09/st-jerome-by-caravaggio/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/11/09/st-jerome-by-caravaggio/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:26:11 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2675 Jerome was responsible for completing the Vulgate – the first Latin translation of the Hebrew biblical text.  Latin translations before Jerome were based off of a Greek translation (Septuagint) of the Hebrew, making them essentially third hand. Jerome... Read More

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Halloween: An Epic Christian Holiday http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/29/halloween-an-epic-christian-holiday/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/29/halloween-an-epic-christian-holiday/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:28:39 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2659 Thanks to a long history of apprehension toward Halloween, calling it a “Christian holiday” might sound rather absurd- and understandably so.  What is more anti-Christian than celebrating terror, death, and the demonic? Nothing… but that could be the... Read More

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Petition Donald Trump: Give the $5 Million Regardless http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/25/petition-donald-trump-give-the-5-million-regardless/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/25/petition-donald-trump-give-the-5-million-regardless/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:22:47 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2642 Donald Trump launched his “bomb” yesterday; if Barack Obama would release his college transcripts and passport application, Trump would donate $5 million to a charity of Obama’s choice. You can see the video at the bottom of this... Read More

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Not Good? http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/09/not-good/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/09/not-good/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:00:51 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2623 The topic was unity. It was World Communion Sunday this last weekend and we celebrated Jesus’ final meal by eating and drinking together, thinking about the Christians from all the different tribes of the world that were eating... Read More

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Ah Jesus, I See What You Did There http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/02/ah-jesus-i-see-what-you-did-there/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/10/02/ah-jesus-i-see-what-you-did-there/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 01:11:23 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2549 The youth group has been talking about things Jesus left us. We’ve been exploring the meaning behind symbols that Jesus created for his followers- symbols he meant to continually shape the identity of the Christian community. We discussed the... Read More

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Beauty and Thanks http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/27/beauty-and-thanks/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/27/beauty-and-thanks/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:50:07 +0000 https://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=2521 The crappy things in this world can hardly stamp out its beauty. Even the crappy things beautify, although sometimes only by comparison. And I’m thankful for that- for the persistence of beauty. For my little brother who helped... Read More

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Israel Part 4 [of 4]: Contemporary Israel http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/12/israel-part-4-of-4-contemporary-israel/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/12/israel-part-4-of-4-contemporary-israel/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:25:06 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2371 This is the final post in a series featuring pictures from my travels in Israel with the Fuller Seminary crew. Part 1: click here for sites from the Old testament Part 2: click here for “Intertestamental” and New Testament Part... Read More

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Israel Part 3 [of 4]: Early and Medieval Church http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/11/israel-part-3-of-4-early-and-medieval-church/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/11/israel-part-3-of-4-early-and-medieval-church/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:30:05 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2369 This is the 3rd in a 4 post series of a few pictures I took in Israel while traveling with Fuller Seminary’s ANE department. Part 1: Sites from the Old testament Part 2: “Intertestamental” and New Testament Part... Read More

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Israel Part 2 [of 4]: “Intertestamental” and New Testament Sites http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/10/israel-part-2-of-4-intertestamental-and-new-testament-sites/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/10/israel-part-2-of-4-intertestamental-and-new-testament-sites/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:30:29 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2359 This is # 2 in a 4 post series featuring a few pictures from my travels in Israel with the Fuller Seminary crew. Part 1: Sites from the Old testament Part 2 (this one):  “Intertestamental” and New Testament Part 3: Early/Medieval... Read More

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Israel Part 1 [of 4]: Some Old Testament Sites http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/08/israel-part-1-some-old-testament-sites/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/08/israel-part-1-some-old-testament-sites/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2012 04:03:52 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2310 I traveled to Israel with Fuller Theological Seminary’s ANE department last quarter.  We visited sites of biblical and archaeological significance, discussing their remains and proposed interpretations. I never understood the Old and New Testaments quite like I do now.  So... Read More

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Astronauts, Spacewalking, and a Universe Too Big For Our Gods http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/04/astronauts-spacewalking-and-a-universe-too-big-for-our-gods/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/04/astronauts-spacewalking-and-a-universe-too-big-for-our-gods/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2012 05:04:10 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2249 The euphoric visions experienced by some space-walking astronauts might speak profoundly of the panentheism which I wrote about earlier– that all things exist within God. In February, 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called... Read More

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What the Gospel Is Not, In Seven Words or Less http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/01/what-the-gospel-is-not-in-seven-words-or-less/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/09/01/what-the-gospel-is-not-in-seven-words-or-less/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 18:03:22 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2217 Inspired by Nick Ahern’s contribution, “The Gospel In Seven Words Or Less“, to the previous Christian Century post, I’m christening a contest of my own.  In the original post, people come up with a sentence (no more than... Read More

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All Things In God, A Christian Panentheistic Vision http://anirenicon.com/2012/08/28/all-things-in-god-a-christian-panentheistic-vision/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/08/28/all-things-in-god-a-christian-panentheistic-vision/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:00:08 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2167 “In him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 In the beginning, God opened up a space within God’s self and created the universe. Then people, in an attempt to revere God as transcendent (something... Read More

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“Corpor-a-munion” http://anirenicon.com/2012/08/06/corpor-a-munion/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/08/06/corpor-a-munion/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:19:41 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2147   ————————- Related Articles Some words for Christians on both sides of the Chick-fil-A war (Rachel Held Evans) 5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday (Matthew Paul Turner) Royal Confusions about the Support of Chick-fil-A (J.P. Moreland) Why I’m Not... Read More

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Go Into All The World[s]: Evaluating Christian Presence in the Online Gaming Community http://anirenicon.com/2012/08/04/go-into-all-the-worlds-evaluating-christian-presence-in-the-online-gaming-community/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/08/04/go-into-all-the-worlds-evaluating-christian-presence-in-the-online-gaming-community/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 15:00:34 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2081 “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” Mark 16:15 INTRODUCTION The online gaming community is one quickly growing “unreached” subgroup of society and, as with any social... Read More

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My Childhood Fresco http://anirenicon.com/2012/07/31/my-childhood-fresco/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/07/31/my-childhood-fresco/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 04:15:04 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2065 My parents sold our house from my childhood recently.  Vicky and I had visited a few weeks beforehand to gather our left-over things, reminisce, and enjoy it one last time. It was an odd thing to walk away... Read More

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The God of Place and Time http://anirenicon.com/2012/07/16/the-god-of-place-and-time/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/07/16/the-god-of-place-and-time/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:40:15 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2046 As we approached the western face of the Temple Mount, the atmosphere struck me as an odd mixture of relaxed piety and harried activity.  Birds were flying gently overhead and roosting in the higher strata of rock while... Read More

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11 People Who Shaped Me http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/18/11-people-who-shaped-me/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/18/11-people-who-shaped-me/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 23:39:51 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2038 These eleven people never knew me, but shaped me in irreversible ways (see if you can name any of them).

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10 Things My Mom Taught Me http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/13/10-things-my-mom-taught-me/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/13/10-things-my-mom-taught-me/#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 23:50:08 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=2019 Last year I wrote about my father.  I wanted to write something this year about my mother, but none of my stories could demonstrate some of the important ways she has been my mom, so I made a... Read More

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A Visual Guide for Graduate Students http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/09/a-visual-guide-for-graduate-students/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/09/a-visual-guide-for-graduate-students/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 19:10:47 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1992 The illustrated guide to a Ph.D… was originally created by Matt Might and can be found here.   Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge: By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little: By... Read More

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The Avengers and Incarnational Churchiosity http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/07/the-avengers-and-incarnational-churchiosity/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/07/the-avengers-and-incarnational-churchiosity/#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 22:11:13 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1978 The Avengers hulk-smashed the box office last week with its mixture of intense action and slap-stick humor. Movie-goers everywhere left their theaters ecstatic and well pleased with the film,  I walked away both happy and stunned by the... Read More

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When “God’s Will” Becomes A Rubber Stamp http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/01/when-gods-will-becomes-a-rubber-stamp/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/05/01/when-gods-will-becomes-a-rubber-stamp/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 13:42:51 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1938 I sometimes stop talking about things that are central to what I believe. I avoid them and cringe when I hear someone invoking them- not because I don’t believe they are important or true, but because I’ve seen... Read More

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Dan Savage’s Bible-Speech is Wrong, and Kind of Right. http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/29/dan-savages-bible-speech-is-wrong-and-kind-of-right/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/29/dan-savages-bible-speech-is-wrong-and-kind-of-right/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:37:43 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1883 A short video of several highshcool journalists walking out of a lecture by Dan Savage is going viral and it’s eliciting intense responses; I believe Savage’s main point is correct, but his approach and the presmises which lead... Read More

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How to Become a Popular Christian Blogger http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/24/how-to-become-a-popular-christian-blogger/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/24/how-to-become-a-popular-christian-blogger/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:18:26 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1816 by a less-than-popular Christian Blogger 1. Upload a picture of yourself drinking a cup of coffee. 2. Watch Stephen Colbert. 3. Make some sort of reference to Rachel Held Evans. 4. Talk about your past (naive) connections with cheesy Christian culture. 5. Come... Read More

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The Cave – Looking at the Philosophy Behind One of Mumford and Sons’ Best Songs http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/20/the-cave-looking-at-the-philosophy-behind-one-of-mumford-and-sons-best-songs/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/20/the-cave-looking-at-the-philosophy-behind-one-of-mumford-and-sons-best-songs/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:30:53 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1668 Some of you listen to songs and analyze their different parts, I let them wash over me in an uncritical bliss.  On the occasion that I enjoy a song enough to think about it, I’ll listen to the... Read More

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“Cessationism” http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/17/father-son-and-holy-scripture/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/17/father-son-and-holy-scripture/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:00:03 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1615 ————————- Related Articles “Cessationism” (Wikipedia) Cessationism versus Continuationism (Wikipedia) Are Prophets Foundational to the Church? (Sam Storms- WordPress)

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Contracting MTD http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/16/contracting-an-mtd/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/16/contracting-an-mtd/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:00:50 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1497 MTD stands for Moralistic Therapeutic Deism – a technical diagnosis of Christianity that has devolved into a much more palatable religion, featuring a God that teaches people to be nice, might save them from trouble, is patently uninvolved... Read More

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“Donated By” http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/11/donated-by/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/11/donated-by/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:11:17 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1453 The post “Donated By” appeared first on An Irenicon.

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Vulnerability and the Ritz Cracker People http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/09/vulnerability-and-the-ritz-cracker-people/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/09/vulnerability-and-the-ritz-cracker-people/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2012 23:38:25 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1387 I only wanted one thing in first grade.  Our teacher would play a memory game with the class where she walked around the room, touching several objects; desk, chair, light switch, aquarium, blackboard.  She would finish her circuit... Read More

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Repost this or Burn in Hell http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/04/repost-this-or-burn-in-hell/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/04/repost-this-or-burn-in-hell/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:13:18 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1371 Thank God you found this article.  Whoever you are, I love you deeply and care for the destination of your soul.  That’s why I’m glad that you’ve stumbled across my blog and have heard TRUTH.  You now have... Read More

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The Baby-Makin’, Prone-to-Evil, “Other” Gender: Woman. http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/02/the-baby-makin-prone-to-evil-other-gender-woman/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/04/02/the-baby-makin-prone-to-evil-other-gender-woman/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 06:57:07 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1318 When I set out to write this I didn’t think that it would be relevant for some of you.  I had thought that unless you grew up in the type of town, place, and community as I did,... Read More

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Rose Parade Jesus http://anirenicon.com/2012/01/11/rose-parade-jesus/ http://anirenicon.com/2012/01/11/rose-parade-jesus/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:52:37 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1154 We went to the Rose Parade this year.  It was fascinating. Thousands of people camp out over night (some of them for several nights) on the sidewalks and medians of Colorado Blvd in anticipation of this internationally known... Read More

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Keeping Christ in Christmas http://anirenicon.com/2011/12/13/keeping-christ-in-christmas/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/12/13/keeping-christ-in-christmas/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:09:11 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1128 I chuckle when my friends lament the steady advance of Christmas music onto the turf of the “regular” year.  I chuckle because my feathers get ruffled during the holidays too, but it isn’t the sounds of carols in... Read More

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The Narcissistic Pastor http://anirenicon.com/2011/10/13/the-narcissistic-pastor/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/10/13/the-narcissistic-pastor/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 23:56:12 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1062 Let’s be honest. When Christian communities bequeath massive amounts of responsibility to their pastors and effectively cut off all chances at healthy/accountable relationships, pastoral ministry tends to attract the narcissists like sharks to blood and moths to flame. Pulpits... Read More

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A Light Rain and An Ancient Prayer For Studying http://anirenicon.com/2011/10/05/a-light-rain-and-an-ancient-pre-study-prayer/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/10/05/a-light-rain-and-an-ancient-pre-study-prayer/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 16:37:32 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1033 It’s cold and cloudy this morning; beautiful weather for doing theology.  Such weather and theology are sublimely furnished by an 800 year old pre-study prayer– Ineffable Creator . . . You are proclaimed the true font of light... Read More

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“Spam?” Try “The Most Love I’ve Ever Recieved.” http://anirenicon.com/2011/10/03/spam-try-the-most-love-ive-ever-recieved/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/10/03/spam-try-the-most-love-ive-ever-recieved/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:00:58 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=1000 I get spam comments on my blog all the time– comments attempting to link myself and the people who happen to click into the wonderful world of “an irenicon” to things like Free-TV websites, online credit schemes, and... Read More

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The First Step Of Christian Ethics Is Out Of Your Shoes http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/23/the-first-step-of-christian-ethics-is-out-of-your-shoes/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/23/the-first-step-of-christian-ethics-is-out-of-your-shoes/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:00:06 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=938 My politics and ethics tend to side with the poor, the outcast, the convict, the disenfranchised, and the oppressed because I believe God has sided with me, an outcast.  Such an understanding is at the heart of Christian... Read More

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Mark Driscoll and Lisa Frank Walk Into A Church… http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/20/mark-driscoll-and-lisa-frank-walk-into-a-church/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/20/mark-driscoll-and-lisa-frank-walk-into-a-church/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:35:21 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=906 You remember them, those dazzling neon colors of bold-faced creativity brightening the 90’s like they were going out of style.  Those multicolored pandas and teddy bears were hugging dolphins on every elementary school binder, dancing around the cylinder... Read More

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It Isn’t Barbarism When We’re Giving Kudos http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/10/it-isnt-barbarism-when-were-giving-kudos/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/10/it-isnt-barbarism-when-were-giving-kudos/#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:00:24 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=877 This week’s GOP presidential debate showcased an eruption of applause for Governor Rick Perry and his state’s track record of 234 more inmate executions than any other state, “more than any other governor in modern times.”  Barbaric? According... Read More

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Create Your Own Caption: Nifty Gifty U.S. Military Crosses http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/03/create-your-own-caption-nifty-gifty-u-s-military-crosses/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/09/03/create-your-own-caption-nifty-gifty-u-s-military-crosses/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2011 19:23:52 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=870 The irony here is strong.  In order to explore the depths of meaning behind these souvenirs recently discovered at a shop in Gorman, California, we’re having a caption contest.  Create a caption for this picture and leave it... Read More

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Facing God http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/23/facing-god/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/23/facing-god/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:10:24 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=859 The intro to John’s gospel is a beautiful comparison of Moses and Jesus.  Moses was the man that met with God on Mount Sinai when Israel was wandering in the desert and the one to receive the instructions,... Read More

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Ripping the Rug Out: How I’ve Come To Understand the Bible and the Atom http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/20/ripping-the-rug-out-how-ive-come-to-understand-the-bible-and-the-atom-2/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/20/ripping-the-rug-out-how-ive-come-to-understand-the-bible-and-the-atom-2/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2011 08:34:49 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=729 Sixth grade was bulky desks, black tops, and best friends, cool teachers, commanding yard duties, and cheeky principals.  Sixth grade was the year we figured out homework actually sucked and parents weren’t cool.  Our ideas about reality began... Read More

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Addressing Our Heart Warming Practice of Self-Interest in 300 Words or Less http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/19/addressing-our-heart-warming-practice-of-self-interest-in-300-words-or-less/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/19/addressing-our-heart-warming-practice-of-self-interest-in-300-words-or-less/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:30:12 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=806 We respond to a discussion starter in 300 words or less each week in our Christian Ethics class. This week’s topic was particularly beautiful, so I thought I’d share it: At the heart of a Trinitarian ethic are... Read More

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Boogity Boogity Boogity, Jesus. http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/02/boogity-boogity-boogity-jesus/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/08/02/boogity-boogity-boogity-jesus/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:30:21 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=778 I’m not a Nascar fan.  I’m sure many people have many great reasons to love the (sport?), so I’m glad this pastor did his Nascar invocation-thang for the crowd last week, even though it’s one of the most... Read More

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Pin the Tail on the Death Penalty http://anirenicon.com/2011/07/14/pin-the-tail-on-the-death-penalty/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/07/14/pin-the-tail-on-the-death-penalty/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 04:37:05 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=719 “Justice is blind,” or so the saying goes.  If justice were blind in the United States of America, why are blacks who kill whites twenty-two times more likely to face execution than blacks who kill blacks?[1]  Why does... Read More

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UnEducated UnBelievers http://anirenicon.com/2011/07/07/uneducated-unbelievers/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/07/07/uneducated-unbelievers/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 02:41:16 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=690 I don’t know how to put this tactfully, so I’m just going to say it.  At its most innocuous my Christian undergrad perpetuated a highly critical spirit of non-Christian scholarship among students and distastefully discounted “outsiders” (possibly even... Read More

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Trickle on Down, Oh Lord, Trickle on Down http://anirenicon.com/2011/07/07/trickle-on-down-oh-lord-trickle-on-down/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/07/07/trickle-on-down-oh-lord-trickle-on-down/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 07:12:00 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=667 Who are the poor? According to the 1996 United Nations report “On Human Development,” we live in a world where the top 358 billionaires are wealthier than the combined annual income of countries that contain 45 percent of... Read More

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The Ten Most Ironic Things in the American Patriot’s Bible http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/24/the-ten-most-painful-and-ironic-things-in-the-american-patriots-bible/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/24/the-ten-most-painful-and-ironic-things-in-the-american-patriots-bible/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 04:58:31 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=636 The American Patriot’s Bible. For some of you, this title is irony enough.  The vivid colors and Declaration-esque typeset on the cover fall in and out of your vision when you scan the book shelves at your local... Read More

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Scary Abortion Movie a Microcosm of American Christianity http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/17/scary-abortion-movie-a-microcosm-of-american-christianity/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/17/scary-abortion-movie-a-microcosm-of-american-christianity/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:01:27 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=606 I’ve spoken of theology and culture as an entertaining intersection before, but sometimes we cringe in the aftermath of a particularly ugly collision.  This is one of those times. This movie is a fantastic microcosm of the relationship... Read More

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Sad Blogsy, Happy Beard http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/15/sad-blogsy-happy-beard/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/15/sad-blogsy-happy-beard/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:54:31 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=580 A friend recently told me that my blog is depressing.  I guess my frustration with the world comes through, considering all the criticism I have to offer.  I hold it near to my heart, like someone might a... Read More

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The Infantilization of Women and a Theology of Aging (Getting Age Wrong Part 2) http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/14/the-infantilization-of-women-and-a-theology-of-aging-getting-age-wrong-part-2/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/14/the-infantilization-of-women-and-a-theology-of-aging-getting-age-wrong-part-2/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 02:50:27 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=560 Click here to see part 1: “Growing Up Way Too Fast.” THE INFANTILIZATION OF WOMEN If you’ve never heard of the “infantilization” of women, allow me to introduce you; it is an incredible phenomenon by which our society... Read More

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Growing Up Way Too Fast (Getting Age Wrong Part 1) http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/13/getting-age-wrong-growing-up-way-too-fast-2/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/13/getting-age-wrong-growing-up-way-too-fast-2/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:37:06 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=544 This is Part 1.  Click here for Part 2: “The Infantilization and a Theology of Aging.” We are making men and women out of babies.  I know that’s eventually the point, but we’re doing it entirely too fast. ... Read More

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The Stuff My Dad Didn’t Do http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/09/the-stuff-my-dad-didnt-do/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/09/the-stuff-my-dad-didnt-do/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:18:50 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=518 There is a home video of an Easter egg hunt in my grandparents backyard when I was a child.  I was probably four or five years old, judging by my uncle’s neon shorts and dapper mullet. That year... Read More

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Keeping your child’s gender a secret- good idea? http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/06/keeping-your-childs-gender-a-secret-good-idea/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/06/keeping-your-childs-gender-a-secret-good-idea/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 21:32:26 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=498 BBC News  recently featured a story about a Canadian couple who decided to keep their baby’s gender a secret.  They aren’t informing anyone except members of their immediate family; even grandma and grandpa are out of the loop.... Read More

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For God so Loved… America? http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/05/the-holy-grail-of-patriotic-christian-irony/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/05/the-holy-grail-of-patriotic-christian-irony/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 01:40:54 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=480 Vicky and I visited a well-known Christian bookstore recently. After purchasing the things we needed, our unofficial (but usual) game of “who-can-find-the-Christian-thing-that-will-make-us-laugh-and-weep-simultaneously” began.  I found a book I was fairly confident would win, but when I heard Vicky... Read More

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Five Unconventional Things To Love About Youth Ministry http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/03/five-unconventional-things-to-love-about-youth-ministry/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/06/03/five-unconventional-things-to-love-about-youth-ministry/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 07:21:44 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=454 All the great reasons for getting involved in youth ministry (you know– students drawing near to God, talking about Jesus, playing games involving fish) aren’t the only things that we love about it.  Here are five unconventional things... Read More

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Christian Nightmares http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/31/christian-nightmares/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/31/christian-nightmares/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 04:57:24 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=440 My wife and I started watching the fantastic show Kitchen Nightmares.  The famous, British, “Chef Ramsay” goes into a restaurant and offers brutal criticism.  Amidst a decent peppering of bleeped-out explicatives, he systematically picks apart the people and... Read More

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When Faith, Patriotism, and Ignorance Meet Fur Coats http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/28/when-faith-patriotism-and-ignorance-meet-fur-coats/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/28/when-faith-patriotism-and-ignorance-meet-fur-coats/#comments Sat, 28 May 2011 20:41:09 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=420 A group of Americans/Christians/Concerned Individuals gathered at the White House to protest a scheduled Sharia Law Rally last March.  Well, the Sharia people were a no-show, so the crowd took interest in a single Muslim praying in their... Read More

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Our Beliefs About The End Times Might Be Poisoning Us http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/23/our-beliefs-about-the-end-times-might-be-poisoning-us/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/23/our-beliefs-about-the-end-times-might-be-poisoning-us/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 16:39:19 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=402 Popular Christian belief about the future might be preventing us from obeying Jesus.  Even if you haven’t heard of premillennialism, chances are your church subscribes to some form of it (for Evangelicals, anyway). This particular brand of end... Read More

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Failure And The Image Of Christianity http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/21/failure-and-the-image-of-christianity/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/21/failure-and-the-image-of-christianity/#comments Sat, 21 May 2011 23:48:20 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=390 There is good coming of the Harold-Camping-Judgment-Day fiasco.  Sure there were families destroyed, life savings squandered, and endless public embarrassment, but… The Church is taking stock of its image. Our society has openly mocked the idiocy of Camping’s... Read More

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Theological Glass Ceiling http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/19/theological-glass-ceiling/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/19/theological-glass-ceiling/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 03:42:15 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=335 One month before college graduation I realized that my theological training had been futile.  I confided in one of my professors, telling him that I didn’t see what there was left to do in the field; all of... Read More

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The End Is Near http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/19/the-end-is-near/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/05/19/the-end-is-near/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 20:15:09 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=303 The world as we know it ends this Saturday; May 21, 2011… according to Harold Camping, Family Radio, and thousands of his followers.  They are selling all earthly possessions and spreading the word that Judgment Day is around... Read More

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Real Religion http://anirenicon.com/2011/03/15/real-religion/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/03/15/real-religion/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:39:45 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=382 [I wrote this article for my church’s publication, The Messenger.  I am grateful for their support and tireless patience] We settle for far too little far too often in our lives, perhaps most often with religion.  Hearing a... Read More

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Selling God Out… One Pearl At A Time http://anirenicon.com/2011/02/27/selling-god-out-one-pearl-at-a-time/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/02/27/selling-god-out-one-pearl-at-a-time/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:55:12 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=187 Christian phrases are everywhere these days.  You can find them on cars, clothing, jewelry, and a myriad of other places.  You might even sport a sticker yourself, as they are often provocative, prophetic, and most certainly pervasive (at... Read More

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Corners http://anirenicon.com/2011/02/06/corners/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/02/06/corners/#comments Sun, 06 Feb 2011 16:39:00 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=173 [I wrote this article for my church’s publication, The Messenger. ] One experience common to all humankind is interaction with the poor.  Every society has its destitute, impoverished, homeless ones.  There may be a myriad of explanations for... Read More

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Anguished Coptics and Loving Muslims http://anirenicon.com/2011/01/11/they-shall-be-called-sons-of-god/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/01/11/they-shall-be-called-sons-of-god/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:57:51 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=160 [I wrote this article for my church’s publication, The Messenger.] The shooting in Arizona this past week placed two things solidly in my mind; the fragility of life, and the veritable blessing it is to live in a... Read More

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Renewal http://anirenicon.com/2011/01/02/renewal/ http://anirenicon.com/2011/01/02/renewal/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 20:28:53 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=357 [I wrote this article for my church’s publication, The Messenger.] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold,... Read More

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Wise Men, Cute Baby, and the Stench of Dung http://anirenicon.com/2010/12/05/wise-men-cute-baby-and-the-stench-of-dung/ http://anirenicon.com/2010/12/05/wise-men-cute-baby-and-the-stench-of-dung/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 02:55:53 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=98 Our family’s manger fascinated me as a child.  The familiar scene of wise men huddled around a father, mother, and baby effortlessly augmented the decorative Christmas landscape in our living room; multicolored light strings, an ornate tree, piles... Read More

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How to Successfully Ruin the Image of Christ in America http://anirenicon.com/2010/09/21/homosexual-marriage-alcohol-in-elementary-schools-and-being-a-christian-or-how-to-successfully-not-ruin-the-image-of-christ-in-america/ http://anirenicon.com/2010/09/21/homosexual-marriage-alcohol-in-elementary-schools-and-being-a-christian-or-how-to-successfully-not-ruin-the-image-of-christ-in-america/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:04:23 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=65 Few issues divide our culture more than the topic of gay marriage.  On one side of the divide people see increasing acceptance as an attack on marital institution and evidence of a degrading society, while the other believes... Read More

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Match Tips, Cortizone, and Human Nature http://anirenicon.com/2010/09/01/match-tips-cortizone-and-human-nature/ http://anirenicon.com/2010/09/01/match-tips-cortizone-and-human-nature/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 07:15:30 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=32 Last Tuesday I woke up slowly.  It was one of those mornings that begin with a prolonged, thoughtless inspection of my ceiling.  As the fog of the night’s dream cleared from my mind, I realized that a strange... Read More

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Babies, Not Guns. http://anirenicon.com/2010/08/21/babies-not-guns/ http://anirenicon.com/2010/08/21/babies-not-guns/#comments Sat, 21 Aug 2010 06:33:40 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=8 My cousin recently posted this photograph of a cop with my mother’s face superimposed and a baby covering her gun.  Although the joke wasn’t aimed at the American psyche, an idea immediately formed in my gray matter. Babies,... Read More

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Hope! http://anirenicon.com/2010/04/27/hope/ http://anirenicon.com/2010/04/27/hope/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:16:27 +0000 http://anirenicon.com/?p=351 [I wrote this article for my church’s publication, The Messenger.] For the creation was subjected to futility… in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the... Read More

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125 Million Things http://anirenicon.com/2009/02/13/125-million-things/ http://anirenicon.com/2009/02/13/125-million-things/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2009 13:18:00 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=224 In the past eighteen days, five million “25 things” were sent out on Facebook.  They are a testament to, in my opinion, the all-pervasive self infatuation that defines our culture (for those of you that fill these out,... Read More

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Burdensome Christianity http://anirenicon.com/2008/11/01/burdens/ http://anirenicon.com/2008/11/01/burdens/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2008 15:40:22 +0000 http://anirenicon.wordpress.com/?p=234 MY FRUSTRATION It used to be that the single greatest frustration in my life was my own lack of…. of so many things. My lack of diligence, commitment to what I love, faith, gentleness, selflessness, pure relationship with... Read More

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