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    Entries in Kansas City (6)


    Craftsmanship. Brass Tacks KC.

    Video Source: Brass Tacks - Kansas City from Summer House Films on Vimeo.

    Kansas City friends might be glad to learn about this company: Brass Tacks KC. Beautiful work, locally sourced, tradition-bound.

    To draw a quick parallel to theology, we each stand within a tradition, great or small. Theology is craft. It can be done poorly, or with excellence. It can be refined. It can be informed by other disciplines. It can be done with respect for the materials, and the minds that generated what we have to work with, or with negligence and disregard for what has come before. It can be of use for a season, or for the ages.

    Good craftsmanship has much to teach us, beyond the cultural product itself.

    HT: Make:


    8.8.12 :: Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders


    Friendship and Ministry :: Ryan Pelton and New City Church (KC)

    Kansas City Sunrise

    The Stack BBQ is tasty. How do I know? I met Ryan Pelton there for lunch last week.

    Ryan is the pastor of New City Church in Kansas City, Missouri. We discussed life, ministry, good books, a little bit of theology, writing, and family.

    At some point in the future I hope to visit New City on a Sunday morning.

    Following our visit, Ryan posted a new entry to his blog suggesting there are things Christians mistakenly believe, and asked for responses.  He also asked for things Christians should believe, but do not. You can check out the post here, "Dumb Things Christians Believe."

    Scrolling through the comments I found a couple of suggestions compelling, and a couple of others worthy of a smile. I'm anticipating what Ryan has to say about how to properly "judge" as a Christian without being judgmental or condemnatory, and wondering if Ryan will take up the Reformed position on sanctification and argue against the possibility of Christian perfection--a touchstone Wesleyan doctrine--and though this is not necessarily my position, John Wesley's Plain Account of Christian Perfection just might be the most important document on sanctification (the process or enactment of the Christian believer becoming a holy person) I have ever read.

    I'm glad to meet other Christian leaders in Kansas City. I'm hoping that Ryan is but one of a number of Kansas City area pastors and church leaders who love the city and love Jesus Christ whom I will come to know and befriend.


    Calling All Kansas City Area Christian Bloggers, Writers, Church Leaders, Etc.

    Kansas City Skyline

    If you are a church leader,

    a writer,

    a thinker,

    a theological tinkerer,

    a muser,

    or God-talk effuse-r,

    leave a link to your blog/website below.  If you know someone who keeps a good blog, who lives in the Kansas City or surrounding area, and you want to reccomend their website, by all means, please do.

    I'd like to know who is out there, who is writing, who is thinking, and what they are tracking.  If possible, I'd like to ascertain the interests, the movements, the concerns, and the commonalities that exist among Christian people who are using the web as a forum for expression, and network those people together when possible for the purpose of common prayer, conversation, advocacy, and unity.

    Leave your link.  Make a recommendation.  And pass this on.  Maybe someone you know knows someone who fits the bill.


    Baylor's New Uniforms :: Radioactive; Turned PJ3 Into Godzilla Yesterday

    Baylor men's basketball faced off against the Kansas State Wildcats yesterday, winning 82-74 on day two of the Big XII tournament.  I tuned in, and like so many others, was awestruck by the Bears "highlighter" uniforms.  PJ3 played "upper-case", scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds--his best performance I have witnessed at Baylor.  I hope he can keep it up as tournament play continues.

    During the game yesterday, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star asked for reactions to the uniforms on Twitter, and I'm glad to say I was quoted this morning in the paper.  Here is my quote:

    You can view the rest of the article here.

    Scot McKnight also expressed his love for them on Facebook.  I'm glad to have him on the Baylor bandwagon.

    Baylor plays Kansas today, having been embarrassed by the Jayhawks twice this year.  I hoping for a Baylor win, though many of my neighbors are pulling for a KU vs. MU rematch for the final.

    Go Bears!