Enns, global christianity, storytelling, pastoring, more (Links & Quotes of the day)

A new bible blog directory (by location) – (Thanks: Jim West, John Hobbins, etc. – wonder if they see their names together that often?)

Peter Enns on his trip to South Korea. [First post in a long time understandably]

Korean theological education is a multinational, sophisticated, and Christ-honoring movement. I keenly felt that I had no right to address their gatherings apart from their gracious invitation. Moreover, my words were spoken into a context where the same types of hermeneutical and theological questions many of us in the west are involved in have already been addressed and wrestled with significantly. The interaction was nothing less than stimulating and eye opening for me.

Simply put, I was struck by how the questions that engage me as I try to be a responsible biblical interpreter in a changing world are the same ones others face around the world. It stands to reason that we can learn from each other, because we face many of the same questions, even if we address them from and for different contexts. We in the west do not hold an automatic edge in the task of theological education. It was a good reminder to me of how big God is and that he is at work in places and ways I cannot understand.

Amen to that!!

Story Telling: (Thanks: Lingamish)

. . . Erwin McManus says it better than I do, though: “The beautiful thing about film, and I think story telling, is that it’s not really trying to give you the answers, but it’s trying to help you reflect and ask the right questions.”  (Here’s the rest of the interview.)

. . . Being a guest in a culture that is not my own and having all the answers is not really my thing.  I’m much more comfortable helping people hear God’s story in mmm-BELLY-may and listening as they reflect on the answers that God’s Spirit brings to them.

[Read the amazing conclusion when she tests the story of the first time people disobeyed God with an old man who said he had never set foot in a church.  This was the first part of God’s story he’s ever heard.]

Racism encountered by Obama campaigners.

Review your Greek paradigms with George – a few Japanese words thrown in.

Pastoring: ( John W Frye Fellowship Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Rapids on Jesus Creed)

In my early years a lingering value still suggested that pastors shouldn’t get too close to people because the pastor might not be able to maintain his “objectivity.” . . . Preaching was the big thing. . . I became a theological technician, not a pastor. . . . Then I met Jesus the Pastor. . . Jesus undeniably cared deeply for people and got close to them. . . .Jesus cared about little things, too, like a widow’s two mites, a fallen sparrow, a cup of water, a coin, five loaves and two fish. . .I like the image Eugene H. Peterson uses for pastors: pastors are detectives searching out the slightest evidence of God’s grace in peoples’ lives. I’ve learned that pastors are artists of the soul, not religious scientists.


Christian Newswire: New Survey Shows U.S. Religious Giving to Developing Countries at $8.8 Billion (Thanks: Kruse)

WASHINGTON, May 12 /Christian Newswire/ — The first national random sample survey of U.S. religious giving from congregations of all denominations to the developing world shows that congregations are giving record amounts in relief and development assistance to poor countries. The pioneering study, combined with other data, found that religious congregations gave $8.8 billion in 2006, according to the recently released 2008 Index of Global Philanthropy.

. . . This far- reaching study found that over half of U.S. congregations gave an average of $10,500 to U.S. organizations for relief and development in poor countries. Over thirty percent made donations directly to programs in developing countries as well as volunteering for short-term missions or service trips. The survey specifically excluded support for evangelism, recording expenditures only for such items as food, clothing, and medicines, as well as cash for schools, clinics and small business development.

Business Pundit: 4 Generations of Workers – Can You Relate? (Thanks: Kruse again)

Traditional Workers (born before 1946/over 60) value loyalty and discipline. These workers tend to respect authority. They have accomplished a lot and contributed to success under hierarchical systems of the past. Raised during wartime and the postwar period, they adapted to an environment of scarcity, valuing austerity. Social goals of peace and national prosperity are important to this group. As a rule they are pragmatic and disciplined.

Baby Boomers (1946-1960/late 40s and up) expect success. These are the people running the major corporations right now. They invented the workaholic, or at least a lot of them suffer from its effects. Baby boomers created strong social change including the hippie movement, feminism, and civil rights. They are optimistic and self-motivated. Management ranks today are dominated by Boomers and older Gen Xers. Together, they define corporate cultures and success within them.

Generation X (1961-1979/30s and 40s) has the advantage of the best academic training and international experience in history. They are breaking with traditional patterns, including creating informal work environments and transforming corporate structures from hierarchical into horizontal and flexible entities. Personal initiative and a healthy dose of skepticism toward large organizations has produced a lot of entrepreneurs from this generation. A key value of Generation X is the achievement of balance between career goals and quality of life.

Generation Y (starting from 1980/under 30) have lived their entire lives with information technology and they have a hard time comprehending a world without it. Childhood was comfortable and prosperous. They tend toward individual needs in favor of the community good and often demand a high level of autonomy. What Generation Y lacks in loyalty, they make up for with the the value they place on relationships with co-workers and supervisors.

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