Interactive Map: Where the 12 apostles died

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The Parable of the Wicked Tenants: A Handbook – New E-Book!

The parable of the wicked tenants is enigmatic in many ways. It’s a parable that has created a great deal of controversy both in how it is interpreted and within the world of textual criticism. Those who seek to exegete what the text means are faced with not only a diverse rage of historical opinions on the subject, but also with an almost unprecedented number of images, parallels, and symbols. Many scholars have struggled with the ways in which this parable seems to fly in the face of many … [Read more...]

Why I Have Hope In The Church

Reconciling a Changing WorldThe world that we live in today is faced with new ethical challenges everyday. We find that the patterns that have helped us live our lives for decades or even centuries at a time are quickly shifting away and new paradigms of normalcy have emerged. We are faced with new questions of sexuality, science, biology, technology, globalization, diversity, pluralism, and a host of other challenges that we simply have no easy answers to. The world is becoming polarized, … [Read more...]

Traditional Families Are NOT Holier Families

Family is a great gift from God. It is a community, created by God, that is designed to foster love and create trust. Our families form for us the foundations of how we see the world, and help support us as we live into our individual dynamic voices. There is arguably no context that helps us learn to live and serve those around us better than a family.What makes a family however is not always clear. Normally we look for some standard markers (Mom and Dad, maybe a sister or two, possibly a … [Read more...]

The Jesus Prayer

I recently wrote a little handbook on one of my favorite prayers, "The Jesus Prayer." The Jesus prayer is the simple prayer, “Κύριε Ιησού Χριστέ, Υιέ του Θεού, ελέησόν με, translated: “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me.” It is one of the central prayers of the Eastern Christian traditions. Take a look at this brief introduction, and let me know what you think.EPUBKindlePDF … [Read more...]

NEW BOOK: Esther, Queen of the Jews

I have published another FREE E-Book. This time it's a simple curriculum. I wrote it out of frustration that the book of Esther (which I love) was not taught very often in churches. It's a five week plan that brings you through a number of different angles. Feel free to use it! Let me know how it works for your context. I would love to hear about it. Have a blessed day!Download :EPUBKindlePDF … [Read more...]

The Role of Tears in the Spiritual life: lessons from the Desert Fathers

One of the most interesting things that we as human beings do is to weep. From a purely scientific perspective tears are a lubricating fluid that pours across the cornea. They are created when the lacrimal gland is stimulated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine through the nicotinic and muscarinic receptors.[1] Although this tells us a bit about the physicality of tears it doesn’t tell us much about why we cry, and how it impacts us spiritually. Tears are a unique specimen of human behavior. T … [Read more...]

LOVE WINS: a review

My beautiful and intelligent wife wrote a review of Love Wins by Rob Bell. I thought is was much better than any review I could write so I thought I would share it with you. Please let me know what you think of the book, and any of the reflections that are shared here. Thanks!-Billy KangasLOVE WINS: A Call to Participate in the Kingdom of HeavenBy Joan KangasThe book "Love Wins" is, in my view, intentionally controversial, but I think a very interesting read and even IMPORTANT read for opening … [Read more...]

Living as a Peacemaker in a World at War

Having a Voice in a Violent WorldThe movie “Miss Congeniality” (2000) presents the story of Gracie Hart, a FBI agent who goes undercover as a contestant in a beauty pageant in order to protect the contestants from a threat of violence. After learning how to dress, walk and act the part, and after wooing the audience with her amazing “glass harp” playing skills, Gracie finds herself doing quite well in the competition. She then has to answer a few personal questions about who she is and what she v … [Read more...]