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Just In: Some Great Reviews of Inspired

Just In: Some Great Reviews of Inspired

“This deep biblical and historical investigation is not merely an academic exercise. As we learn in the course of the discussion, Levison has a bold commitment to contemporary Christian life. He wants to engage not only the academic world, but religious leaders in a way that can open up new avenues of conversation that can benefit a church in danger of splitting apart. He reminds us that in an age when Mainline Protestant Churches,...

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Asses to Ashes: How to Rescue the Rest of Lent

Asses to Ashes: How to Rescue the Rest of Lent

Published at huffingtonpost.com on March 28, 2014. We’re more than halfway through Lent. It began on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. It ends on Thursday, April 17th. And how’s that self-denial going? Have you kept up your Lenten pledge? You know what I mean. Giving up chocolate was the choice for Lent among the Holy Family Catholic school kids I grew up with in Levittown, New York, in the 60s. This year, one of our Seattle Pacific...

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Cars, Planes, and Gospel Grenades: The Technological Tactics of Women Evangelists

Cars, Planes, and Gospel Grenades: The Technological Tactics of Women Evangelists

Published at patheos.com on March 17, 2014. Last week, I asked Priscilla Pope-Levison, author of Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press, 2014) to contribute a post for Women’s History Month. Here is her second post, a riveting account of the entrepreneurial spirit of Florence Crawford, whose evangelistic association is alive and well today. ________________ I thought I’d seen it...

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Making America Christian: A Forgotten History

Making America Christian: A Forgotten History

Published at patheos.com on March 10, 2014. It’s Women’s History Month, so I’ve asked Priscilla Pope-Levison, author of the new book, Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press, 2014) to contribute a couple of important posts. (I just happen to have an in with her!) Here is her first post, with a photo of Evangeline Booth, who was for 30 years commander of the Salvation Army in the...

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Fresh Air Excerpt for Lent: Job’s Pledge

The Heart of Darkness [Job] has lost everything: his sons and daughters, his livelihood, his house, and now his health. He is all alone, scraping his wounds with the sharp-edged fragments of clay pots. Yet he is not alone. He is accompanied by friends, inquisitors really, who are keen to discuss with eerie dispassion how such an apparently righteous person could suffer so egregiously. Job pierces the maelstrom with a simple acknowledgment...

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Some Pretty Good Advice from Ecclesiastes for Valentine’s–and Every Other–Day

Some Pretty Good Advice from Ecclesiastes for Valentine’s–and Every Other–Day

Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on February 14, 2014 I just wished a faculty colleague Happy Valentine’s Day and told him, as I put it, “I’m writing exams, but at least I’m doing it across the kitchen table from the woman I hold dear.” That made me think about living in the moment. About living into the moment. Yesterday, I taught on Wisdom Literature. Proverbs. Ecclesiastes. Job. Song of Songs. We talked about how...

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Search for Meaning Festival

Search for Meaning Festival

Jack will be talking about his new book Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith at the Search for Meaning Festival on February 15, 2014, at 3pm. He’s one of several authors sharing their unique perspectives on what brings life meaning. Don’t miss...

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