Archive for December, 2009

A Christmas Blessing

May the nativity of G-D has nested in your hearts

and that the miracle of Incarnation is manifest in your life this coming year!

FREE Copy of Coffeehouse Theology Study Guide!

I’m a huge fan of all things free. It’s not just because I’m a cheapskate; I think that offering substantial items of real value online is a good way for artists, musicians, and authors to connect with people who might be inspired by their work. I think that ultimately it’s economically viable, and I applaud publishing houses (like the newly-formed HarperStudio) who are taking ‘risks’ in this area to test out freemiums in our growing freeconomy.

This is why I’m so glad my friend Ed Cyzewski and the folks at NavPress are giving away the study guide to his uber-cool Coffeehouse Theology! I’ll leave you to Ed to learn the details from here…

Ed Cyzewski: Freelance Writer

Download a Free Bible Study PDF Today!During December and January my book Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life (about),will be available from at 35% off (coupon K82E1D8E6).

In light of this offer, starting today and ending at 7 pm EST on December 31st, the Coffeehouse Theology: Bible Study Guide (about) will be available as a free PDF for download. This guide, which complements Coffeehouse Theology, provides group/personal Bible studies under the guidance of a series of theologians, commentaries, and discussion questions.

There is a limit of one print out per person. Need more copies for your group? Then forward this message to your friends or place an order with NavPress. If you mention this offer on your web site or social media, please refer your readers to this page.

This offer ends December 31st at 7 PM EST.

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Act Today for Another Free Book Download!

If you forward this e-mail to your friends by December 17th, you can visit this page and enter the caps locked password “FORWARD EMAIL” in order to download a free PDF of the Coffeehouse Theology Contemporary Issues Guide. This guide applies Coffeehouse Theology to a biblical examination of a number of today’s most pressing issues (about).

This offer ends December 17th at 7 PM EST, so act fast!

About the Bible Study Guide
A personal or group study guide that will help readers learn to study scripture with an awareness to their contexts and to the Christian voices from history and around the world.

For those who don’t know where to start with theology, The Bible Study Guide will provide a series of first steps that will assist individual and group study of scripture.

Order Physical Copies of the Study Guides
Both study guides are available for purchase at NavPress at 25% off and at bulk discounts.

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Another Morrell Makes The News…

It's hard to say who's being more theatrical...

No, not the Mike Morrell who’s running for Republican State Assembly in California (though him too)…but Jessie Morrell, “a 25-year-old evangelist preacher from Cheshire, Conn., who said he did three stints at the juvenile detention center on Whalley Avenue for selling drugs — says he knows where most Yale students are headed: hell. For the past three days, Morrell has used Yale’s campus as the platform for his open-air preaching. A self-proclaimed born-again Christian, he has spent much of the past three days sermonizing about the “evils of sin” on Old Campus, Cross Campus and the section of Wall Street near Woodbridge Hall…”

Full article here.

(HT: Zach Lind)

The Littlest Chiropractic Patient

– my daughter, at North Raleigh Chiropractic. Keep up with Dr. Joe on Twitter @drjoeharris.

Wanna Become A Mind-Controlling Cult Leader?

Who doesn’t? Ten years ago – in 1999 – I thought that civilization was going to collapse on January 1, 2000. Not for any divinely-mandated apocalyptic reasons, mind you; it was all about the ‘computer bug.’ Computers would think it was 1900 due to only having two digit-spaces for the year, and all heckfire would break loose. It was a great time in those days; folks from my church were stockpiling food & weapons. At school, my friend nicknamed me ‘Y2K’ and filmed a mock video of me recruiting for an apocalyptic Y2K cult on campus – that is, before I took a year off following the Fall 1998 semester to prepare for The Collapse. The name ‘Y2K’ stuck…I wonder why? I need to digitize that video sometime. Anyway, among this particular cadre of friends the reputation of “Mike the Cult Leader” has playfully stuck around (or maybe not-so-playfully in the case of my dear old friend Billy, who’s convinced that I’m spiritually & politically off the rails, and bound for cultic greatness), and so I tend to notice it when videos like this make the rounds (thanks, Brittian!)

“Don’t you want devoted followers who’ll leave their families for you, give their money, their body, and their mind to you, consider you God and kill for you? If yes…watch this preparatory video.”

Ahh…gotta love it. Say, I wonder if Pastor Mark or Pastor Perry have seen this?

Multitextured Future: Introduction to Causal Layered Analysis (CLA)

In my MSF program, we review all sorts of different theories of society & societal. These theories have direct implication on our theories and visions of the future. There are many different approaches in the futurist discipline; there are basic/gestalt theories, systems thinking theories, and more semiotic approaches. My favorite approach by far combines the strength of each of the aforementioned theories into a meta-theory/framework model called Causal Layered Analysis, or CLA. Developed by Sohail Inayatullah, CLA looks at the future from four interdependent layers. Quoth Wikipedia:

Causal layered analysis consists of four levels: the litany, social causes, discourse/world-view and myth/metaphor.

  1. The first level is the litany – the official unquestioned view of reality.
  2. The second level is the social causation level, the systemic perspective. The data of the litany is explained and questioned at this level.
  3. The third level is the worldview/discourse. Deeper, unconsciously held ideological, worldview and discursive assumptions are unpacked at this level. The way in which different stakeholders construct the litany and system are also explored.
  4. The fourth level is the myth-metaphor, the unconscious emotive dimensions of the issue. The challenge is to conduct research that moves up and down these layers of analysis and thus is inclusive of different ways of knowing. Doing so allows for the creation of authentic alternative futures and integrated transformation. CLA begins and ends by questioning the future.

Fun stuff, eh? Most American futures studies programs focus exclusively on the Litany and – at most – systemic levels. The schools of foresight developed out of Hawaii, Australia, Europe and Japan focus more on epistemes and intuitive inner/spiritual futures – almost like a wisdom school. (In fact, that’s exactly what Prout College is – and I mean that as a high compliment.) The Regent MSF program – and KedgeForward Consulting – combine the best of Southern Hemisphere-meets-west, empirical and intuitive, into what we hope is an AQAL approach to truly integral futures. Taking all quadrants of human and nonhuman experience into account – inner and external worlds, personal and social. Kedge On!

Ahem. Back to CLA. You can get lost for hours on Dr. Inayatullah’s insightful website Metafuture. In fact, I highly recommend doing so.

Blessings Not Just for the Ones Who Kneel – the Promiscuous Love of God

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