Public Jesus: Beyond the Politics of Anxiety

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here.   Talking politics in the local church is tricky. One statement that flies in the face of a parishioner’s strong belief and that could be the end of the conversation, the end of your influence, and quite possibly the end [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – N.T. Wright and Breaking Beautiful

Months ago I was asked to write six chapters to accompany a video series – a work for hire thing. The House Studio packages these great small group resources consisting of a set of video talks by a well known scholar and a short chapter written by some unknown author interacting with the video, some [Read More...]

Do You Hate Your Job? See what this video does to you…

As a pastor, I find myself needing to talk about work and the American workplace constantly, and to constantly reevaluate my theology of work given the ever changing culture. In Public Jesus I wrote a whole chapter about work and vocation. More and more I am having conversations with people about work and how difficult [Read More...]

Breaking Beautiful: Is it sad that I have to say this is not a ruse?

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I’m not an April Fool’s guy. I’ve never been much of a prankster on any day. I cannot enjoy another person’s discomfort, it trips my internal justice meter. If I’m around someone who is playing a practical joke I will purposefully ruin the joke before it ever happens because I can’t stand to see someone [Read More...]

Work as Mission: Vocation and Learning What to Count

Most of us will spend somewhere around 65% of our waking hours working. If work is not seen as a holy thing, if work is not counted as an essential aspect of our contribution to the mission of God, then no wonder our work isn’t fulfilling. No wonder it feels like toil. Work is one [Read More...]

Talking About Politics in an Election Year

I did an interview w/the Peace Pastor Marty Troyer for his blog at the Houston Chronicle. Marty sent me some questions he had after reading Public Jesus & I answered them in a bit of a hurry. I read back over them after they were posted and realized that I did not have the filter [Read More...]

John Ortberg and David Fitch on Public Jesus

“Tim is raising big-time questions about the most important person ever. Read it and get ready to think!” – John Ortberg, author of The Life You’ve Always Wanted. “Tim Suttle’s Public Jesus offers us an alternative to the tired extremes present in Christian politics today. He reminds us that the Kingdom of God has already broken into [Read More...]

Here’s What William Cavanaugh had to say about Public Jesus

When I read Torture and Eucharist by William Cavanaugh, it was a profound experience. I had not come anywhere close to understanding how central the Eucharistic life must be to the believer and the life of the church. His retelling of the horrors of the Pinochet regime and the essential nature of an embodied faith. [Read More...]

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other) – From Sojourners

I’ve got a new article up at Sojourners that you can read here. Here’s an excerpt of 4 helpful hints on how to talk about politics in an election year with your church community without hurting/killing each other. 1. Love the One You’re With The two most divisive words in the English language during an [Read More...]

Missional Politics for the Local Church

I have a new article up at The Huffington Post this morning. I’m trying to think about what missional politics would look like. Here’s an excerpt: Christians believe that God is on a mission to make the world right, and that God actually has the power to do it. This power is displayed in weakness. [Read More...]


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