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Wild at Heart by John Eldredge Mon, 29 Oct 2018

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Eldredge has hit on something big! He dares to turn his back on the common modern Christian perspective on society (esp. masculine roles) and explore the deep, real motives and needs of men.

His analysis is rather one-sided (e.g. every man carries a wound given by his father P.60) and so is his remedy: accept and live out your desire to fight battles, experience adventure rescue your beauty. (more…)

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Stand up for science! Fri, 16 Mar 2018

Posted by greyowl in Jesus-Familie, Naturwissenschaft / Science.
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scienceA Facebook friend (# 1) shared this image from the AtheistRepublic, adding the caption: “Controversy alert! (But I’ll still listen if you disagree. 😂)”.

After several other comments, one from me triggered the following exchange:

Me: I’m a scientist who can’t quite manage to stretch my faith to believe there’s no God behind this wondrous world.

# 1: See, that does fascinate me. I can perfectly understand why lots of people need to ascribe a coherent, humanlike intelligence to the design of the universe; the incontrovertible facts of science tend to be explained in relatively complex language, and one really does need to concentrate. Where I’m interested is when genuinely intelligent people with a sound grasp of scientific principles also have this need. I get quite irritable when anthropomorphic viewpoints are described as facts, so I’d love to know why you, in particular, believe there must be a god. But only if you have time one day, and can be bothered! 😁

Me:  Not sure this is the place for apologetics. But here goes: (more…)

Das Buch der Mitte: Wie wir wurden, was wir sind: Die Bibel als Herzstück der westlichen Kultur von Vishal Mangalwadi Sat, 6 Jan 2018

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Das Buch der Mitte: Wie wir wurden, was wir sind, von Vishal Mangalwadi, ist eine mutige Analyse des starken Einflusses der christlichen Bibel auf die Entwicklung der westlichen Welt.

Mangalwadi ist ein äußerst gebildeter und überzeugender Wissenschaftler, der akademisches Lernen mit politischem und sozialem Handeln verbunden hat, sogar bis es für ihn selbst und seine Familie lebensgefährlich wurde. Durch seine vielen Bücher und sein internationales Vortragsprogramm versucht er, die Augen einer Welt zu öffnen, die ihr geistliches Erbe zu vergessen scheint.

Dieses Buch ist eine Mischung aus persönlichen Erfahrungen (more…)

The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, by Vishal Mangalwadi Fri, 5 Jan 2018

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The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, by Vishal Mangalwadi is a bold analysis of the powerful influence the Christian Bible has had on the development of the western world.

Mangalwadi is an extremely erudite and lucid scholar, who has combined academic learning with political and social action, even at the risk of his and his family’s life. Through his many books and his international lecturing programme he seeks to open the eyes of a world that seems to have forgotten its spiritual heritage.

This book is a mixture of personal (more…)

Review of Mission With by Paul Keeble Fri, 14 Apr 2017

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Paul Keeble shares, on the one hand, his family’s experiences of living for over 30 years as part of an underprivileged community in inner-city Manchester and, on the other hand, his personal (theological, social, political) reflections on his motivation and influence in that situation. (more…)

What would Daddy say? Sun, 20 Nov 2016

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“Where’s Daddy gone?”

“Dunno. Said something about going to see someone.”

“Didn’t he ask us to go with him?”

“I’m old enough to decide what I want to do.” I polish my shoes, check my hair in the mirror and put on my new coat. “You coming with me?”

“O–K.” Pete also gets himself ready. “Did you tell Daddy where you were going?”

“To the woods.”

petit enfant blond dans la foret“We could go down to the river for a swim. No one would notice.”

“That would be lying. Daddy would be horrified.”

We set off down the dirt track between the autumnal trees.

“Hey! Look out! It’s muddy there. Daddy doesn’t like us to get our shoes dirty.” (more…)

Two Streams Sat, 3 Sep 2016

Posted by greyowl in Gesellschaft / Society, Jesus-Familie.
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Jesus told His followers: The world hates you. I’ve been thinking about that.

Is it true? Surely, not everyone hates us. Recently, I have observed two different streams within western society – the ‘Lorders and Hoarders’ and the ‘Carers and Sharers’. (more…)

Does God care about nations? Thu, 18 Feb 2016

Posted by greyowl in Jesus-Familie, Politik / Politics, postmodern.
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Each morning, I read the Daily Moravian Bible Texts – first in German (Losungen), then in English. Both today’s Old Testament and New Testament readings refer (in German) to the Nations (Völker). This made me stop and think.

Tut kund seine Herrlichkeit unter den Nationen, unter allen Völkern seine Wunder. Psalm 96,3

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3 (NIV)

Paulus und Barnabas berichteten, was Gott alles durch sie getan und dass er allen Völkern die Tür zum Glauben aufgetan habe. Apostelgeschichte 14,27

On arriving there, Paul and Barnabas gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:27 (NIV) (more…)

Der “ideale” Gottesdienst? Tue, 2 Jun 2015

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Einige Gedankenanstösse als Diskussionsgrundlage

Abklärung der Bedürfnisse

  • Tradition vs. Innovation
  • Lehre vs. Evangelisation
  • Musikstil + Liedergut
  • Technische Unterstützung
  • Dekor
  • Verschiedene Arten, zB Gäste-GD (Open-air? Neutraler Raum?), Kinder-GD, liturgischer GD
  • ‘Professionell’ vs. breite Beteiligung
  • Zeitpunkt + Dauer
  • Altersgemischte oder zielgruppenoriente GDs, zB Samstag oder Sonntag Abend für Junge, Alleinstehende?
  • Parallel laufendes Kinderprogramm
  • Gemeinschaft bei Kaffee/Mahlzeit/Spiel
  • Einzelgebet/Seelsorge/Praktische Hilfe
  • Hindernisse, zB zu laut, zu lang, zu unruhig, zu weltfremd, zu weltlich, nicht authentisch, zu viele Leute, zu klein

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Letter to the Church in the United States Sun, 28 Sep 2008

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Dieser Brief von vielen christlichen Leitern im globalen Süden spricht Bände…

“If you who know the Truth will not speak for us who will?”

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