Allan Bevere

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Name: Allan Bevere
Date registered: March 3, 2012
URL: http://www.allanbevere.com/

Latest posts

  1. Allan R. Bevere: Saturday at the Cinema: How to Speak So That People Will Listen — October 25, 2014
  2. Allan R. Bevere: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Man Cries Fowl on Turkey Sandwich — October 24, 2014
  3. Allan R. Bevere: Tar Heel Treachery at UNC — October 23, 2014
  4. Allan R. Bevere: The Character of God and the Nature of Scripture: Reading the Bible Incarnationally #5– Fundamentalist and Progressive Interpretations of Scripture are Simply Two Sides of the Same Coin — October 23, 2014
  5. Allan R. Bevere: Pastors Go Through Slumps too — October 23, 2014

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  1. Allan R. Bevere: Online Communion and Disembodied Gnosticism — 3 comments
  2. Allan R. Bevere: Yes, It Is Unavoidable… in the Head and in the Cafe — 2 comments
  3. Allan R. Bevere: A Last Supper with Helpings of Betrayal and Denial — 1 comment
  4. Allan R. Bevere: You Don’t Get Strung Up on a Cross for Running Around Telling Everyone to Love One Other — 1 comment
  5. Allan R. Bevere: It’s Four Years Later– Will It Be the Same Old Thing? — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Oct 25 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Saturday at the Cinema: How to Speak So That People Will Listen

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/2Uc3F3ssoHg/saturday-at-cinema-how-to-speak-so-that.html


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Oct 24 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Man Cries Fowl on Turkey Sandwich

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/naJB5hRBEtg/truth-is-stranger-than-fiction-man.html


from the Huffington Post:
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An incorrectly made turkey sandwich didn't cut the mustard with Rudy Frazier. When the manager of the sandwich shop refused to handle his beef, Frazier called 911, according to the TLC series, "Outrageous 911." Did it help? Lettuce look at the video above from an episode airing Wednesday.

The video is here.

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Oct 23 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Tar Heel Treachery at UNC

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/yi8hr9NonP0/tar-heel-treachery-at-unc.html


As a Duke fan, I find this to be very sad. College sports must maintain academic integrity.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina (CNN) -- For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.

"These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible," Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report. He conducted an eight-month investigation into the scandal, which has plagued the university for nearly five years.

UNC has long been a place where it was believed that athletics and academics went hand in hand. It has enjoyed a stellar reputation, producing basketball greats such as coach Dean Smith and Michael Jordan.

Now, that reputation has been stained.
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The entire post can be read here.

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Oct 23 2014

Allan R. Bevere: The Character of God and the Nature of Scripture: Reading the Bible Incarnationally #5– Fundamentalist and Progressive Interpretations of Scripture are Simply Two Sides of the Same Coin

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/qpiqTYZ3YrA/the-character-of-god-and-nature-of_23.html



I've been meaning to get back my series on reading the Bible Incarnationally, but I have had other obligations that have prevented me from doing so. The via media Methodists have published a post on rejecting both the fundamentalist and progressive options in reading the Bible. They quote Stanley Hauerwas:
…the debate between fundamentalists and biblical critics is really more a debate between friends who share many of the same assumptions. The most prominent shared assumption is that the interpretation of the biblical texts is not a political process involving questions of power and authority. By privileging the individual interpreter, who is thought capable of discerning the meaning of the text apart form the consideration of the good ends of a community, fundamentalists and biblical critics make the Church incidental.

 The power of this text shows up in an excessive theological conservatism that has transposed fidelity into certitudes that are absolutes about morality as about theology, as though somewhere there are rational formulations that will powerfully veto the human ambiguities so palpable among us. The power of this text also shows up in overstated theological liberalism in which every woman and every man is one's own pope, in which autonomous freedom becomes a fetish and all notions of communal accountability evaporate into a polite but innocuous mantra of "each to her or his own."

Indeed, and in so doing both fundamentalists and progressives end up with their own brand of civil religion. James Hunter writes that civil religion is
a diffuse amalgamation of religious values that is synthesized with the civic creeds of the nation; in which the life and mission of the church is conflated with the life and mission of the country. American values are, in substance, biblical prophetic values; American identity is, thus, vaguely Christian identity" (Hunter, To Change the World, p. 145).
The truth of the matter is that both fundamentalist and progressive readings of Scripture have become all too predictable and all too uninteresting. There is indeed a better way. The via media post states it well. "A focus on the person and work of Christ as the primary hermeneutic lens through which to read Scripture thus upends the Pharisees on the left and the right, for whom the only lens is The Agenda.  The teaching and the way of Christ are best determined and lived out in the community of faith, the Church."

As I have said before, if there are modern day Pharisees, they are not the legalists. They are the fundamentalists and the progressives who functionally reject the way of the cross (Philippians 2:1-11) in favor of the kind of power that marginalizes and seeks to eliminate those who refuse to get with their agenda. Their hermeneutic is indeed determined by their agenda.

Hauerwas is correct. Both approaches to Scripture have corrupted our use of the Bible.

I will address the Incarnational lens and the Old Testament in the next post.

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Oct 23 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Pastors Go Through Slumps too

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/bRfi3HBshnc/pastors-go-through-slumps-too.html


from Thom Rainer:
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The "slump" metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games.

But pastors can get in slumps as well. Admittedly they are not as easily recognizable as sports slumps. There aren't really any metrics to tell us that a slump is in progress.


Sure, the pastoral ministry slump is subjective if not vague. But it's real. And every pastor experiences it. So I asked several pastors what they viewed to be the causes of slumps they experienced. Here are their top responses in the form of direct quotes.

1. Failure to spend time in the Word and the Bible. 

2. The cumulative effect of criticisms.

3. Unfulfilled expectations.

4. Family problems.

5. Financial problems.

6. Physical burnout.

7. Counseling.

8. Comparisons.
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The details of each can be found here.

Permanent link to this article: http://methoblog.com/3_0/2014/10/pastors-go-through-slumps-too/

Oct 21 2014

Allan R. Bevere: What’s the Best Diet Out There?…

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/gcy8tj7BoBs/whats-best-diet-out-there.html


...Well, it turns out "none of the above."
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Author Matt Fitzgerald summarized the finding, or rather, the lack thereof, in his new book Diet Cults:
"Science has not identified the healthiest way to eat. In fact, it has come as close as possible (because you can't prove a negative) to confirming that there is no such thing as the healthiest diet. To the contrary, science has established quite definitively that humans are able to thrive equally well on a variety of diets. Adaptability is the hallmark of man as eater. For us, many diets are good while none is perfect."


Further support for this notion comes from a simple glance back at the history of our species. Mankind has populated almost every corner of the earth, and in every diverse situation, humans were able to survive, even thrive, on whatever food their homes had to offer.

Even more convincing evidence has been found by observing those who have lived the longest. The University of California-Irvine's 90+ Study has tracked thousands of Americans who've made it to age 90 and beyond, yielding an unprecedented wealth of information about their lifestyle habits. For lead investigators Claudia Kawas and Maria Corrada, the most surprising finding they made is that most participants didn't seem to be too concerned with their health. Generally, the 90-year-olds said they didn't really keep to a restrictive diet. Nor did they abstain from alcohol, quite the opposite actually! The researchers found that up two drinks a day -- no matter the type -- was associated with a 10-15% reduced risk of death. They also discovered other things that might disturb ardent dieters. Vitamin supplements did not affect lifespan in any way, and being a little overweight starting in middle age positively affected longevity.
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The entire article can be read here.

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