January 27, 2013

Top Five Posts of 2012 OK...thanks to Google Analytics, I can see what the most read posts from my blog in 2012. But first, a word about why I blog. I blog to process thoughts and ideas, not to assert conclusions. Most of my posts are theses-in-process. I want push-back; I need the critical thinking of a thoughtful community to help refine these ideas. Yes, I want to provoke thinking, especially in ares that we tend to get lazy about. And yes, I'd love it if theses post prove to be conversation-starters. But at the heart of it, I think out loud so that you can help me think more clearly. So, here are my top five posts from my blog, in reverse order: 5. Is God An Imaginary Friend? Written after Easter, this post takes a provocative look at what Christians functionally believe about Jesus and His resurrection. An excerpt from the opening an concluding paragraphs: This is a new billboard in our city. While some may have a strong reaction to a sign like this, I think Christians ought to listen to what our atheist friends are saying to us because it says a lot about us. The billboard is a massive mirror of how our lived faith looks. (This is not unlike Nietzshce's late 19th-century proclamation that "God is dead", which was not a statement about belief in God but an indictment of a culture that claimed to believe in God while they had functionally deconstructed a theistic worldview.) The uncomfortable truth is that for many Christians, God is like an imaginary friend. This is especially highlighted around Easter season by the way we talk about Jesus' resurrection... ...I suspect that if Christians really began to grasp just what Jesus' resurrection means-- that new creation has begun!-- we would begin to live...
Lent is About Space Many of you are fasting during this Lenten season, so it's worth exploring why we fast. Is fasting a way to get God to speak or "move" or do something? Scot McKnight wrote a challenging post based on his book on Biblical fasting suggesting that we fast because of rather than in order to. Fasting in the Scriptures, he argues, is more often in response to a grievous situation or a holy encounter, rather than a way to manipulating God. And yet. It seems that fasting does produce something in us. So, how can we think about fasting without slipping into piety or pleading, an attempt to impress God or to get something from Him? The answer is space. Fasting is about creating space, space to truly see. It's hard to hide Pikes Peak in our city. Its jagged edges jut out from buildings, its snow-capped head rises above every rooftop. But there are many places in town where, because of the lower elevation or the density of buildings, it's just hard to fully see Pikes Peak. On my drive home, there is one particular corner where I turn and am all of a sudden on top of a small hill with two valleys on either side. The horizon in view is dominated by the mighty mountain range, with old Pikes as the centerpiece. I've lived here for almost 13 years and it still takes my breath away. The Peak has always been there; I just needed a bit of space to see it. So... 1. Fasting Creates Space to See Ourselves. When Jacob was left alone, Genesis tells us, he wrestled with a man until daybreak. But only when he was left alone, after his family and servants and animals had all crossed over to the other side. And...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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