Pastor Punches Kid, but It’s Cool… “There’s Times That Might Be Needed”: A Little Friday Funny

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First, let me say that I don’t believe for one minute that this actually happened, at least not in the way that it is described. If it did go down the way he describes it, then it is what you call assault and battery. I watched the clip with a friend who works in youth [Read More...]

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

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— “Bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” – Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, The Truth About God. — I was recently offered the opportunity to write on the [Read More...]

Favorite Stanley Hauerwas Quotes

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If I had to pick one theologian who has had the most influence on my thinking–probably my being and doing as well–it would be Stanley Hauerwas. He has the ability to see the world the way I want to see it. He’s unafraid to tell the truth about his own life, which seems to give [Read More...]

Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842

Here’s a transcript of my sermon from last week (Palm Sunday). If you are a pastor please feel free to cut & paste everything. I got much of the historical stuff from commentaries, especially Ken Bailey’s work on Jesus, and from talks by John Ortberg & Rob Bell.     2014.04.15 – Lent 06 John [Read More...]

Walter Brueggemann’s 19 Theses Revisited: A Clarification from Brueggemann Himself

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In September 2005, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann sat with a group of church leaders for a theological discussion as a part of the Emergent Theological Conversation series. In my opinion, this is of the most innovative and fruitful contributions Emergent Village has made over the years. The secret was in the format: they would [Read More...]

Epiphany 7A – Matthew 5:38-48; “Love Your Enemies”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.02.23 – Light Will Shine 08 Matthew 5:38-48 – Love Your Enemies. Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for [Read More...]

On How Small the Christian Peace Movement Is (w/ Gratitude to the Anabaptists)

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“It is sometimes discouraging to see how small the Christian peace movement is, and especially here in America where it is most necessary. But we have to remember that this is the usual pattern, and the Bible has led us to expect it. Spiritual work is done with disproportionately small and feeble instruments. And now [Read More...]

Superman: Coming to a Church Near You

"Man of Steel": Not the familiar Superman (fan)fare

There was an interesting article on the CNN belief blog yesterday. It’s about the marketing effort Warner Bros. is making toward pastors in an effort to get them to help market their new Superman franchise entry Man of Steel, via their pulpits this Father’s Day. I would love to get my hands on the study [Read More...]

Theologian Billy Abraham Rips Christian Non-violence, Calls it “Morally Corrupt”

William J. (Billy) Abraham has a new book out called Shaking Hands With the Devil: The Intersection of Terrorism and Theology. It was recently featured in the American Spectator, and I’m fascinated by this article & book.  I recommend you read it. I once saw Billy Abraham and Stephen Long (Marquette), go at each other [Read More...]


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