In part 5 in our series through the book of Exodus we continue to listen into the conversation between God and Moses at the Burning Bush. The particular focus of this episode is on God's revealed name — about which the early Christians (among others) had rather a lot to say.

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In this fourth episode in our series on the book of Exodus, a lonely shepherd steps off the beaten track to take a closer look at something rather odd: a bush, burning but not consumed ... 

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In this third episode on the book of Exodus, we take a look at some of the complications that arise for Moses because of his difficult position between two brothers — pharaoh and Aaron, Egypt and Israel. Moses kills a guy, stops another guy from killing another guy, and then runs away from everything he has ever known. And yet, he can't seem to escape his own nature: he is, as we all are (and as we all seem to need to be), both a prince and a judge.

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This is the second in a series looking at the meaning and resonancnes of the astonishingly profound book of Exodus. This series draws from a number of sources, from both Jewish and Christian traditions, as well as including a pinch of contemporary philosophy, to explore the way that the Exodus story still speaks to us today no matter who we are and no matter our own ideological commitments. Having looked a bit at the context of the Exodus story in the first episode, we can now turn to the significance of the "birth of Moses/Virtue" narrative.

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This is the first in a series looking at the meaning and resonancnes of the book of Exodus, which is one of the finest literary achievements in human history. This series draws from a number of sources, from both Jewish and Christian traditions, as well as including a pinch of contemporary philosophy, to explore the way that the Exodus story still speaks to us today no matter who we are and no matter our own ideological commitments.

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This is a very short episode: a reading of GK Chesterton's wonderful little reflection on drawing and virtue entitled 'A piece of chalk.' The original essay appeared in the Daily News, November 4, 1905. 

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In this episode, I read through Hans Christian Andersen's profound and wonderful little fairy tale, "The Silver Shilling," and offer a few reflections on its meaning. It has a lot to say about how we navigate our own lives with respect to finding a place in the world. 

You can read the fairy tale here: http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheSilverShilling_e.html

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This is an old one: a recording of a talk I gave back in 2014 at L'Abri in the UK on the subject of how to reconcile theology and humor, with specific reference to Chesterton's take on humor. The recording is a bit patchy in places, and half-way through the talk I realised that I was coming down with a cold (a very unfunny thing in the midst of a reflection on fun, because ... irony. It was fun and serious and (hopefully) interesting.

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December 13, 2017

71 | Incarnation as Apocalypse

In his most complex work - a study of anthropology and history in the light of the Incarnation called "The Everlasting Man" - G. K. Chesterton puts forward an argument that the Christ-story marks an apocalyptic shift in the way that people understood reality. Historically speaking, mythology and philosophy were always totally different ways of looking at the world and the two hardly ever gave each other a second thought. But in the Gospel narratives, with the birth of Christ, the two become one: no longer in
contradiction, but completely complementary. This idea is a kind of echo of a profound theological insight noted by the great church Father, Irenaeus of Lyons, known as recapitulation. This talk covers these ideas and more, and my hope is that by the end of it the Christmas story will have all kinds of brand new resonances for you — and maybe even a revelation or two.

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Duck Amuck: https://vimeo.com/204478956

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Whether we like it or not, research shows that all of us are given to being self-deceived. It turns out that a person generally believes to be true what they want to be true, even when evidence is glaringly opposed to their beliefs. Take for instance the fact that most people think they're above average when it comes to job performance or driving skills, as well as the fact that some people who really are ahead think they're not. What does this propensity for self-deception tell us about families and communities in general, and communities of faith in particular? Isn't faith, after all, just a socially accepted form of self-deception? This is the third in a three-part series looking at self-deception and faith. Helpful authors on the topic: Robert Trivers (Deceit and Self-deception), Gregg Ten Elsoff (I Told Me So), and Herbert Fingarette (Self-Deception). 

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