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A chat with Australian musician, scholar John Dickson about the Bible, unicorns, talking snakes, slavery and he played a bit of my drumming
Jan 3, 2020
January 3, 2021

I wish more and more church leaders were like John Dickson.

He is someone who is wicked smart and has his Masters degree in Theology and a PhD. But what I find the most refreshing is that he never forgets what it is like looking into the church and "Christianity" from the outside.

We had a chat on his really great podcast "Undeceptions" that is for both non-Christians and Christians you can listen to here.

He is from Australia and we have some things in common as we both were in bands (he is a singer and I am a drummer) but we also had an elderly person who was our main influence in becoming a Christian. I got to meet the woman who was that for him when I spoke in Australia at an event once. But John is passionate about seeing the local church train people in theology - not just for head knowledge or to use to fight battles with other Christians. But learning theology to be able to share about Jesus in intelligent, kind, winsome ways with those who aren't Christian and asking questions.

In this podcast John makes a challenge to read at least 100 pages of the Bible in 2021. So we talked about what happens when you do read it and see talking snakes, slavery, a lot of violence and even unicorns. He also included a little bit of my drumming in the podcast from when I was in a band way back with my brother and my buddy Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

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Judging Others
Oct 20, 2020
October 20, 2020

Taught today that “do not judge” does not mean to never judge as so often believed. There is a wrong way and a right way to judge and who we are and aren’t to judge. So much damage had happened from incorrect judging but at the same time so much damage happens when we don’t judge correctly when we need to.

Had wonderful discussions after each gathering about how this applies to political views, progressive Christianity and theological drifts and personal things we have blinds spots we need help with from others. It shows the importance and need for local church community who knows Scripture.

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Mornings
Oct 10, 2020
October 20, 2020

Every single morning I now have these friends to greet me and spend time with as I start reading through the New Testament. They will be companions for the next 3 months and look forward to seeing them and spending time with them each morning.

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