Seeing yourself in Other-ite Combining

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My thoughts from this past week: http://wp.me/P3etrg-7H

For a printable version, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jxo3v527p52s6dz/Cultural-Religious-Spiritual%20follower-ites.pdf

A Video recording of Pastor Pete Reading this blog posting can be seen by clicking here or by following this link:

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No fresh blog post this week

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I decided not to write a blog post this week. I’m chasing a few squirrel trails and don’t feel something calling to be written about. I do have some things for you to explore if you want.

For those of you who were intrigued by the Scapegoating sermon Sunday night, there is a fascinating CBC Ideas series about Scapegoating, culture, and the Bible which I learned a lot from in the past and which helped shape that sermon. You can download it now (not order the cassettes like I had to do years ago) and listen to it in your tractor or truck or car or home or while walking: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/02/28/the-scapgoat-rene-girards-anthropology-of-violence-and-religion/

Also, for those who were pleasantly stretched by an aside I mentioned on Sunday morning — namely the idea that Jesus was not following a script but was constantly in fellowship with the Father for guidance in what needed to happen next — my main sources for that seem to come from John 5 and Philippians 2:1-8. I’m thinking of writing a new sermon on that for Sunday night, which is another reason I’m not thinking much about a blog post.


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This week’s post is a restating of what I believe I have communicated so far in these weekly musings and reflections. I’m hoping reading a review like this will help you see how many of these posts are connected and build on each other.

Go to the posting page by clicking anywhere on these words.

For a printable version in PDF format, click anywhere on these words.

Audio or video edition … Note: I have wanted to try the video edition for a while, and this seemed like a good one to do it on. There are one or two mis-speaks in the video, but I don’t do corrective retakes… I’d appreciate feedback about if you find a video gets the ideas across better for you. I’m imagining that reading the written version as you hear me on the video is the best option.

On Tyranny and Democracy and Leadership in the Church

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Here is this week’s reflection: http://wp.me/P3etrg-5v

For a printable version, follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n6j0xsa0dygj0uu/Tyranny%20and%20Democracy%20and%20Church%20Leadership.pdf

To hear Pastor Pete reading this reflection, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2829l8anueyludd/Audio%20recording%20of%20blog%20post%20on%20Tyranny%20Democracy%20and%20Church%20Leadership.wma