Author Archives: Joe Ginder

Jesus and John Wayne by Kristen Kobes Du Mez

Jesus and John Wayne is the eye-catching title of a book by Kristen Kobes Du Mez. The subtitle is even more provocative: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. It’s a fine historical account written for a … Continue reading

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W. H. Auden on Change

We would rather be ruined than changed.We would rather die in our dreadThan climb the cross of the momentAnd let our illusions die. – W.H. Auden, The Age of Anxiety

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Job 28 – Wisdom and Understanding

I tend towards reading (or listening to) scripture in wider and wider context. More at one time. Sometimes, however, a jewel can be lost in the wider scope of a ….narrative? Poetry? Whatever one wants to consider the Book of … Continue reading

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On the Cost of War: A Demonstration of Extreme Love and Loyalty at Great Cost

A recent trilogy of Rough Translation podcasts tells an amazing story of two people who make great sacrifices. I was struck by the display of the often unseen cost of war and violence and by the great display of love … Continue reading

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The crucifixion is not a defeat.

“The crucifixion is not a defeat to be overturned by resurrection. The crucifixion is a victory revealed by resurrection.” – Brian Zahnd@BrianZahnd

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Lectio Divina between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday

Well, I don’t believe any one week is holier than another, but here’s a set of links for the Long Beach Friends Church lectio divina readings from 2020 at the start of the pandemic, one for each day of the … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month articles at Barclay College

Barclay College has put out several short blog articles for Women’s History Month. Check them out! The first one is a brief comment on women in pastoral and other forms of leadership in the church and in society. It opens … Continue reading

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Mom (Formally Speaking)

Below is the obituary that I put together for my mother shortly after she passed in early February. It’s not really much in the way of special memories or deep thoughts – though I captured a couple of hers in … Continue reading

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Links to a 2020 Advent series by Max Jeganathan

These brief Advent videos by Max Jeganathan are quite good. Advent 1 Advent 2 Advent 3 Advent 4

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Is Music Joy? – a Lecture by Dan Chua

This is one of the most remarkable lectures I’ve heard ever, and it is on video at YouTube! It is Dan Chua, a scholar at the University of Hong Kong considering the question, “Is Music Joy?” He is speaking in … Continue reading

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