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Change Points

But that is not the way you learned Christ… Ephesians 4:20

MetamorphosisCalled to change

I am sometimes asked, as editor of the Worldview Journal, about the meaning of the names we have assigned to different columns.

For example, why is this column entitled, ChangePoint? Besides the obvious connection to our BreakPoint brand, there are good reasons for offering a weekly column like this.

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Dr. King’s Dream and the Kingdom of God


An historic moment  JeffersonMemorial

Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial and addressed a crowd of several hundred thousand who had come to the nation’s capitol for the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he shared his hopeful vision of justice and equality in our land, was a defining moment of the civil rights movement.

It was also an address steeped in Biblical language that directs us to consider the implications of the Kingdom of God for church and culture.

King set his plea in the context of American history by noting the backdrop of Lincoln’s statue: “Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation.”[i]

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But Can We Do Anything about It?

Summer cool is, well, cool SummerBreeze

Here in Northern Virginia, as in much of the Southeast, we have been enjoying a particularly delightful, albeit wet, summer. Normally in July and August, we are sweltering. Little rain or breeze, lots of sun, and plenty of heat.

Yuck.

Not so this year. Temperatures are early fall-like, skies are cloudy (not all day, but much of the time), and rain is ample (some would say, too much). What’s going on?

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Why Rachel Held Evans is (Mostly) Wrong

MillenialsDo not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2

A desire for more “substance”

A column by Rachel Held Evans called “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church” recently went viral on Facebook. In her column, Evans claims that “what millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.” She then defines the “substance” they want as follows:

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You Must Change Your Life

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[Theology] may be regarded as the initial apprehension by the reflecting mind of a communal revelation, followed by a deliberate attempt to capture and express the sense of an emerging orderedness, underpinned by a sense of authority, which such a revelation elicits. -          Alister E. McGrath

Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often who congregations, who have pursued theology energetically while their pastors were theological infants or barbarians. Theology is a matter for the Church.
-          Karl Barth

Theology – conversation about God – is the business of the Church. If you are a member of that venerable Body, then theology is your business as well.

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Hollowing Out the Habits of Attention (2)

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Getting serious

In my earlier post on attentiveness, I lamented the decline in book reading that has become a regular feature of contemporary life.

Most people realize that reading is in decline, as distractions like the i-phone, Facebook and text messaging assert their hegemony over our mental spaces. Professor Katherine Hayles, who teaches English at Duke University, expressed the concerns of many when she confessed, “I can’t get my students to read whole books anymore.” When English graduates don’t even like to read anymore, you know things are getting serious.

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