God breaks mirrors.

This is a guest post by Jonathan Sauder. God Breaks Mirrors We live in a world where narcissists can pontificate about their stunningly humble temperaments. But my own habits of closed-loop mirroring are perhaps a bit more devious. I am someone who “cannot bear being loved by someone whom [I] think believes that [I] do not deserve it.” This is how Clifford Williams (in Singleness of Heart, Eerdmans, 1994, page 99) describes devout resistance to grace. Unlike the narcissist, whose… Read more

Anabaptism: The Gospel Reformation, Part 2 of 2

This is the second of two guest posts by Simone Ramacci, a friend from Great Britain. Simone is a biology research student and the leader of a campus ministry at the University of Essex (England). He is currently serving as an intern at the local Congregational church and as Science & Religion Rep for the Student Christian Movement (UK).   4. The Church and Evangelism  We now come to a big issue in contemporary Christianity: what is the role of the… Read more

Anabaptism: The Gospel Reformation, Part 1 of 2

This is Part One of two guest posts by Simone Ramacci, a friend from Great Britain. Simone is a biology research student and the leader of a campus ministry at the University of Essex (England). He is currently serving as an intern at the local Congregational church and as Science & Religion Rep for the Student Christian Movement (UK).   Anabaptism: The Gospel Reformation An Introduction Anyone who is familiar with the kind of theology Michael Hardin and his friends… Read more

Peace of the Gospel Conference

This November 2-4, Preaching Peace is hosting the inaugural Peace of the Gospel conference, a gathering in teaching and song that centers proactive Shalom at the very heart of the Gospel. For several months now, momentum has been building to come together nationwide as a family gathered around the non-retributive, unambiguously-loving, reconciling character of our God, revealed in Jesus. As such, it’s important for this gathering to reflect the beautiful diversity that is becoming of Jesus-people, who at our best… Read more

Modern Evangelicalism as Second Temple Judaism v. 2.0

This is a guest post by Matt Distefano. Matthew J. Distefano is the author of All Set Free and From the Blood of Abel. He is a regular contributor for the Unfundamentalist Christians blog on Patheos.   Modern Evangelicalism, or, in other words “Second Temple Judaism v. 2.0”   I grew up in the Evangelical church, so I’m fairly familiar with all of the standard doctrines: Pre-tribulation rapture, eternal conscious torment, penal substitution atonement, retributive eschatology, yada yada yada. What I never realized… Read more

The Use of the Old Testament by New Testament Writers

When the Bible is used as a foundation for faith and beliefs by so many, it begs a huge foundational question: “What is the Bible?”  This question is comprised of a myriad of other questions that people tend to ask themselves.  Here are just a few: What is the relationship between God and humans in the writing of the biblical texts? What part did culture play in these texts as they were being penned? What did the authors of Scripture… Read more

Metaphysical Jesus. — by Rob Grayson

This guest post encourages us to be disciples, and not merely fans, of a down-to-earth Jesus. Rob Grayson is a freelance translator from Coventry, England. He is passionate about amateur theology and likes to write about the deconstruction and reconstruction of faith, theology and Christian culture. Rob blogs at www.faithmeetsworld.com. Metaphysical Jesus.   By Rob Grayson The farther I proceed on my theological and experiential journey, the more convinced I am that one of the most fundamental mistakes many churches… Read more

Resurrection: Neither Mythical Nor Historical

This is a guest post by Jonathan Sauder. Jonathan Sauder currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is completing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Brite Divinity School. He focuses his theological research on excavating and exposing the empire-friendly habits of theologies past and present. He is teaching an upcoming online course for The School of Peace Theology called “Can A Christian Conscience Be A Good Conscience?”  Jonathan and his family attend a Mennonite church. His wife, Brenda,… Read more

Reflections on Holy Week. Part 3 of 3. –by Jan Coates

This concludes Jan’s three part series on the meaning of Holy Week. Jan Coates is a married mother of two adult sons (and two cats). She lives in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia and is currently completing a Master of Arts (Theology) and beginning a Master of Theological Studies at Whitley College in Melbourne. She considers herself to be a Universalist with Baptist leanings. Jan adores animals, supports animal rescue organizations, and works part time for Blue Cross Animals Shelter… Read more

A Holy Week Reflection. Part 2 of 3 –by Jan Coates

This guest post is part two of a three part imaginative reflection on the meaning of Jesus’ last week. Jan Coates is a married mother of two adult sons (and two cats). She lives in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia and is currently completing a Master of Arts (Theology) and beginning a Master of Theological Studies at Whitley College in Melbourne. She considers herself to be a Universalist with Baptist leanings. Jan adores animals, supports animal rescue organizations, and… Read more

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