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“I love the guy, but a lot of the fan club really freaks me out” – Comedians on Atheism and Belief

What do The Onion, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and The Nightly Show have in common? We seem to trust them more than our sanctioned network news sources. In our era, our truth-tellers are the tricksters, jesters, satirists and stand-up comics. With this in mind, check out the following debate discussion story-sharing between an atheist comedian and a … Continue reading “I love the guy, but a lot of the fan club really freaks me out” – Comedians on Atheism and Belief

Spiral Dynamics and the Biblical Narrative – Part 1

Is your Bible dusty? Have you been on a journey of growth, but aren’t sure how to reconcile your life with the Scriptural narrative you grew up with? In this first of several videos, Doug King introduces a developmental reading of the biblical narrative, in a way that doesn’t shy away from either Scripture’s content or our … Continue reading Spiral Dynamics and the Biblical Narrative – Part 1

The Method to Overcoming Prophecy Madness

The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893 These days, bombastic authors and television personalities have created an entire cottage industry out of obscuring clarity and making the clear muddy when it comes to biblical prophecy. The result is imported funding from their devoted followers, exported fear that creates a buffer zone around their island kingdoms, and an … Continue reading The Method to Overcoming Prophecy Madness

The Hidden Cultures within Communities: Tier 2 – the Being Codes – Bruce Sanguin

In our exploration of Spiral Dynamics so far, we’ve looked at cultural stages of development and the games they play. But this isn’t the end of the story. Clare Graves‘ research turned up another scale of values that surprised him. In fact, it was so different that he called it Tier 2. In his research, he came … Continue reading The Hidden Cultures within Communities: Tier 2 – the Being Codes – Bruce Sanguin

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ali.

Deport ‘em. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher store murders by Islamists in France, this remark didn’t surprise. But deport whom – all tens of millions Arabic and other Muslims living in western nations, no matter how law abiding, born in-country or long ago naturalized? What about non-Muslim/non-Arab spouses and mixed-race children? … Continue reading Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ali.

Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Stunning Simplicity of Prophetic Language

To make sense of biblical prophecy, we must clarify our terms. There are four terms that are used throughout this series this year, and we can understand them in two pairs of contrasts. The first pair is figurative vs. literal. This has to do with the kind of language used. The language used to describe … Continue reading Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Stunning Simplicity of Prophetic Language

The Hidden Cultures within Communities: The Disqualification Game of Tier 1- Bruce Sanguin

Clare Graves saw the levels we talked about last post (Beige to Green) as belonging to a Tier One set of values. They are each, in their own way, focused on their own survival and their own value system as the only legitimate one. The writer of Colossians encourages his followers not to let themselves … Continue reading The Hidden Cultures within Communities: The Disqualification Game of Tier 1- Bruce Sanguin