What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement? Part 2

Soon after I left the New Reformed movement, I took an American Literature class. I was surprised to learn just how much Calvinism had influenced many of the early American classics. One author in particular drew me in: Nathaniel Hawthorne. I don't know much about Hawthorne, but after I read Young Goodman Brown, it felt like I knew exactly where he was coming from.The first negative experience I can remember coming from a New Calvinist preacher was when he described going to a baseball game, … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Muchness

Some reflections about reclaiming our muchness after talking to Richard Rohr and Mike Stavlund on Doug Pagitt Radio.http://dougpagittradio.com/reclaiming-muchness … [Read more...]

Toward Collective Liberation: Building Successful Social Movements

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It wasn't until recently I realized that I had somehow lost a bunch of digital files off my computer. It was mainly photos and newspaper articles from my activist work when I lived in the San Francisco/Bay Area from the late 90's to the mid 2000's. That loss left me feeling sick with the thought that a deeply formative part of my life was gone. My experience with Occupy Movement organizing left me longing to reconstruct what was good, strategic and expansive about our activism back in the day … [Read more...]

Fatal Distraction.

This past week, this post has been circulating around the more evangelical corners of the interwebs.While I understand the desire to focus on holy week (trust me, liturgical seasons are big in the Anderson household), I think it’s complete BS. For those of you who didn’t read the post, it essentially says that the “paint the internet red” campaign by HRC is Satan’s way of distracting us from holy week.Seriously? That is some of the most transparent BS I’ve seen ever since the “women’s … [Read more...]

Interview with Mike Stavlund & an Easter Poem

It was another busy week on Doug Pagitt radio. We had a chance to chat with Weber grill aficionado, professor, and author Mike Stavlund about his new book A Force of Will: Reshaping Your Faith in a Year of  Grief. Victoria also shared a poem for Easter. We even had a guest call in to give us a post out-patient procedure update.Here's the audio:Here's the video: … [Read more...]

“Dad, I want to go to church”

This past weekend my wife and I fell into an interesting dilemma. Our 12-year-old son wanted to go with a friend to church. My initial response was, “Sure, no big deal.” I spoke with the friend’s mom on the phone about it, and she came by and picked him up on Sunday morning. He spent the morning and part of the afternoon with them and their church friends.Shortly after I said okay, I started looking around on the internet to see what kind of church this was. It looked “harmless.” It’s part of … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement?

A little over three years ago, I was part of the center of the New Reformed movement.One of the final straws for me was an event of which I was the Director: Advance09. We brought in heavyweight speakers like Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler, John Piper, Ed Stetzer, and a few others. The event was held at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and approximately 2500 people showed up.Overall, as a business venture, the conference went really well. People seemed to really enjoy it. And, it … [Read more...]

Busy Show – Interviews with Richard Rohr, Fink & Holsclaw, and an Easter Explanation

It's been a busy week on Doug Pagitt radio. We spoke with David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw on their book Prodigal Christianity which calls for missional Christianity. Then, we had a chance to talk with Richard Rohr about his book Immortal Diamond. Tune in to hear Fitch & Holsclaw's explanation of missional Christianity and a Easter explanation for your kids from me.Listen here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Off the Cliff of Surrender

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For those of you who have been reading my writings for a while, you may have noticed that I am a proponent of the Twelve Steps. The more I surrender my life to God through them, the more I realise they are the essence of the message of Christ. March being the third month of the year, I am currently meditating on the third step quite a bit. The third step is, "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." I have been a Christian of some kind or … [Read more...]

Interview With Margaret Johnston – Faith Beyond Belief

It's been a busy week on the show, two shows in one week!  On Wednesday we had a chance to speak with Margaret Johnston about her book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who  Left Their Church Behind. Check out the audio and video feeds below!Listen here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Church Planters Academy

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The Church Planters Academy August 15-17, 2013 $145 (by March 31)   $195 (April – August) Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, MN   Register Now    A dynamic and innovative event to equip and encourage those desiring to start new churches in fresh and entrepreneurial ways. For those who are starting new churches. For those who are exploring starting a new church. For those who’ve already started churches and want to gather with others who are doing the same.For anyone in the process … [Read more...]

Rob Bell Is Wrong

Of course I am all for Rob Bell coming out in favor of humanity. And, theoretically, who could disagree with this? We need more love. But, it's where he goes next that frustrates me: We need more fidelity. We need more monogamy. We need more people who are committed to each other. It’s not good for us to be alone. What bothers me here is the equation between love/fidelity/commitment and monogamy. That the only possible solution to not being alone is to be in a monogamous (and I would assume h … [Read more...]

Interview an Atheist at Church Day – May 5

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On May 5, 2013 atheists from all over the United States will be interviewed at Church. If you are a Pastor willing to interview or an atheist willing to be interviewed, please join us! Every interview will be videotaped and available to watch on our Facebook page and website. Help us connect atheists with Church-goers!If you are interested in hosting an Atheist for a conversation click here   … [Read more...]

Vocation by Instinct (or what birds buildings nests might tell us about finding meaningful work)

Some thoughts and a poem on intuition and vocation after conversations with Troy Bronsink, Jon Dudley, and David Howard on Doug Pagitt Radio.http://dougpagittradio.com/vocation-by-instinct-or-what-birds-building-nests-might-tell-us-about-finding-meaningful-work … [Read more...]


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