Jesus and Homosexuality 1

Life is not law. For Jesus at least. The place to begin a constructive understanding of how Christians should relate to persons with same-sex orientation and think about homosexuality is with Jesus’ practice of table fellowship. Why? Because it represents how life is encountered, of how a first century person would have come to understand [Read More...]

The First Ordained Black Woman

I recently read Rebecca’s Revival by Jon F. Sensbach, a professor of history at the University of Florida. Rebecca Freundlich Protten was the first ordained black woman in Western Christianity (she was ordained in Europe). Born in Africa, enslaved in the Caribbean, she eventually made her way to St. Thomas, was set free (probably) because [Read More...]

The Evangelical Giveaway 7

So far David Fitch, in his provocative book, The Great Giveaway, has taken on the pillars of evangelical church life: success, evangelism, leadership, experience, and preaching. He will also address spiritual formation and moral education. But, I’m particularly happy he has devoted a chapter to “justice” because most evangelical books about the Church simply don’t [Read More...]

Good Kingdom People

It is common to ask if the Beatitudes are “entry requirements” or “kingdom blessings”. Are they what we need to do and be or are they sudden revelations of who it is that God is favoring? I see the Beatitudes as the agenda of Jesus, and an in-your-face sudden declaration that the unlikely are the [Read More...]

A Summons called Sermon on the Mount

I’ve spent my academic life teaching the Sermon on the Mount in one way or another. Most of those who read the Sermon the Mount (=SoM) see it as the Ethics (or Morals) of Jesus or they classify it as the Discipleship teachings of Jesus. Since redemption and discipleship are often seen as two distinct [Read More...]

Jesus on Being Missional 1

In this series of posts, I will look at what Jesus did and said and says to us today about being missional. “Missional,” if you recall, is a global term for what God is doing in this world and how the follower of Jesus is summoned to participate in that great redemptive work of God. [Read More...]

Kingdom Resource

A good book for understanding a Kingdom perspective on “gospel,” is R.J. Sider, Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel (Baker, 1993). Followed by Churches that Make a Difference. [Read more...]

Kingdom Resource

A good book for understanding a Kingdom perspective on “gospel,” is R.J. Sider, Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel (Baker, 1993). Followed by Churches that Make a Difference. [Read more...]

Kingdom of God 7

The Apostle Paul’s view of Ecclesia is consistent with Jesus’ view of Kingdom (Basileia). For Paul, Kingdom is primarily Eternity or the Final Future Kingdom (see 1 C or 15:24), though he does use it in a way that makes me think he sees the Ecclesia as the primary manifestation of the Kingdom in the [Read More...]

Kingdom of God 7

The Apostle Paul’s view of Ecclesia is consistent with Jesus’ view of Kingdom (Basileia). For Paul, Kingdom is primarily Eternity or the Final Future Kingdom (see 1 C or 15:24), though he does use it in a way that makes me think he sees the Ecclesia as the primary manifestation of the Kingdom in the [Read More...]


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