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Bill Harris

About Me: 

I've been a attending Church of the Servant for 35+ years -- my wife introduced me to the church in 1974. That not only makes me old, but a witness to a great deal of interesting change. And over that time we've gotten married, raised up a daughter, and now have two grand-daughters. Oh and all those other things? Education and the like? A couple of boring advanced degrees keep my mind working, while I write and coach high school speech and debate. As it says on the Facebook: I want to help people get up and speak.

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Native Americans and WCRC

The core question, as in all mission, is how far one goes in cultural contextualization. In the context of Native American issues, it is a concern that flows from a North American/Northern European perspective, an assumption that ours is the normative cultural expression.

Indigenous - Native American
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Learning From the Past

We just finished using Esther DeWaal's Seeking God. It's a fine introduction to the Rule of Benedict. And why Benedict? Toynbee calls the Rule the "mustard seed of western civilization," and it's not hard to see why.

Faith Nurture
  • I would have liked if there were more N American examples here.

    Churches have their own particular, cultural character, and certainly their own histories. So the N American church, and even...

  • OK, I struggle with this. I'm someone who does dress up a bit for church, and who mentally sighs at casual clothing. But then again, I'm old, so a lot of this is sort of a legacy standard on my...

  • Is this not a question of epistemology? That is, how does one know objectively? 

    My knowledge of God's Law, of God's intent for us is always something provisional, contained as it is,...

  • Before I get to some further "discussion" I would agree basically with the last two paragraphs, particularly the dangers when our rhetoric gets vague. In those instances, the generally positive...

  • Is "justice" something that can be defined? The same nit-picking used in the earlier "Whatever..." section can be applied to the preferred definition: "deserve"? what standard is that? what order...

  • Is the Muslim neighbor first a "Muslim" or is she my neighbor? It seems the jump to twin ministry options is a sort of false dichotomy. The more basic way, that pioneered by InterVarsity, is that...

  • OK, I'll bite: is the local church the hope of the world?

    That idea packs a host of theology, and certainly runs counter to Christian history. Of course the Gospel must take on scandalous...

  • An addendum to the above: while the use of "settler" is suitable for the European, the term is hardly appropriate for those who came her by force in the slave trade. The removal of the Cherokee,...

  • I would suggest that report is fundamentally unclear as to its purpose. Is it to address the mission at Rehoboth? Is it to urge reconciliation with my Native neighbor? Is it to engage in...

  • If for no other reason than that I came out of the charismatic renewal movement of the 70s, I do wonder what Sam means by "charismatic." Is this only a matter of worship style, say? Are there...