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Several days ago, I posted an invitation to discuss Jesus and Gas Prices on this blog. It’s a topic that, to a large extent, will reveal how much we really can engage our imagination with the concept of Jesus shaped discipleship.

For example, one evangelical has taken his particular view of rising gas prices and started a movement called “Pray at the Pump.” Somehow, the rise of gas prices is a sign of the end times and praying at the pump for God to lower prices will apparently prove that he’s in charge.

Of course, one wonders if it ever occurred to anyone that the inconvenience to the American lifestyle of mobility and affluence isn’t really something that God would respond to as an act of mercy. Most Americans are inconvenienced by gas prices because of the value they place on mobility and the decisions they’ve made about the kind of life they want to live, decisions made with the assumption of cheap gas in the background. (more…)


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This is a three part post dealing with a classic Roman Catholic critique of evangelicalism followed by a missional defense of evangelicalism on my part.

If you haven’t read Bouyer, you will be at a bit of disadvantage. Same if you don’t know anything about Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church in Seattle.

In part I of this post, I review Louis Bouyer’s The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism, perhaps the most solid Roman Catholic criticism of Protestantism in print. In Part II, I respond to Bouyer’s criticism with an exploration of what evangelicals mean by a missional understanding of being the church of Jesus, as exemplified by Mars Hill Church in Seattle. And in Part III, I assess the prospects for unity considering the value of both these models. (more…)

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churchesstores.jpgI’ve developed a serious case of “What would Jesus think about this?” Trust me, it’s just as annoying to me as it is to you.

I don’t claim to know perfectly what Jesus would think about anything, but going on what Jesus says in the gospels, I’m usually able to get on the right road and start asking some of the right questions.

No, I won’t shut up just because you disagree. Sorry. I can’t help myself.

For example, yesterday I was driving through a community where I used to live, and at one intersection there’s a large building that was built about twenty years ago with the intention of housing about 30 “storefront” businesses. It’s turned out to be a bit of a white elephant, as few businesses have located or succeeded there, even though it is a good location right at a major intersection. Now it’s looking a bit second class. (more…)

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Now that I have the place in a proper uproar, let’s apply the tools of Jesus shaped spirituality thinking to this question of music and discipleship.

My contention is that the evangelical emphasis on music did not play a major role in the disciple-making process as Jesus intentionally practiced it.

So my basic approach is that we not give music a major responsibility in the discipleship process. But as a “supporting” or “secondary” process that is extremely useful in our human experience and culture, we should think through how we can use it.

Not let’s but the whole business of music on the table and use the C.I.A. toolkit. (more…)

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JSS commenter Michael Bell makes two worthwhile comments about the “worship” post.

When we get to heaven, if I am reading the book of Revelation correctly, we are going to be doing a whole lot of worshiping. I appreciate the fact on Sunday Morning that I can get a glimpse of what that will be like.

Michael makes what is probably evangelicalism’s best case for its particular approach to music-dominated worship: the eschatological visions in the Book of Revelation. (more…)

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We’re going to talk about Jesus and worship in this post, and I’m going to stake out a position that questions whether we are anywhere near the right path in regard to one critical area.

One of the fundamentals of this exploration is the idea that Jesus was intentional in what he was doing with his followers, and that in exploring the intentional things Jesus did to transform his disciples we’ll find the answers to lots of our own questions about what it means to be a Christian.

Jesus didn’t walk up to Peter, James or John and go through the Evangelism Explosion presentation. He never asked them to pray to receive him as their Lord and Savior. (more…)

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