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Dining Disaster in Galatians: A Dinner that Went Wrong, but Not for the Reasons We’ve Been Taught

 Sitting at the table continues to be a metaphor for communing with other human beings. When we dine with others, we hear their stories, and we gaze into their eyes trying to see things as they see them. Table fellowship, as it is often called, implies that real human beings are engaged in friendship. But we all know that these shared … [Read More...]

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5 Ways Christians Can Be Better Friends to LGBTQ Persons

The following post is written by my friend Preston Sprinkle. He comes at this conversation, as someone with a fairly traditional theological perspective and yet full of love and openness. At our church, Pangea, we actually have folks on both sides of the theological spectrum—all who choose to break bread with each other. Voices like Preston’s would … [Read More...]

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Greg Boyd Gives 5 Bullet Points about Open Theism in the Bible

Greg does us all a favor by compiling this helpful list of how the Bible speaks to Open Theism. Greg is a great guy and a great source for both pastoral and theological wisdom. Make sure you spend some time at the archives of If you need a basic introduction to the concept of Open Theism, start with: "A “dummies” guide for understanding … [Read More...]


Evil is Random, Even for God: The Uncontrolling Love of God

Kurt Note: Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian I respect. His work in open and relational theology is so helpful for understanding the nature of God in relation to space and time. In this short article, Tom gives us a bit of a peak at a new way of understanding why evil and suffering exist. He also looks at why God doesn't always intervene as we'd like … [Read More...]

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Presidents Can’t Follow Jesus, So Christians Quit Fighting About It!

It’s impossible to be the president of the United States and to follow Jesus. But we Christians love fighting about this or that candidate as if they will bring the sword of the Lord to bear upon this land.This doesn't mean that someone can't be a Christian and president, but that their ability to actually follow Jesus' call to discipleship is a … [Read More...]

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New Conservative Christian Documentary Calls Out Guns as Anti-ProLife

This documentary looks awesome. Seriously though. A hardcore conservative pastor calling out against gun violence.Why is this awesome?#1 This is the logical extension of prolife ethics.#2 It is consistent with the ethic of Jesus and nonviolence.#3 It is consistent with the ethic of Jesus and "love thy neighbor."#4 It trumps … [Read More...]

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Giving Up on Nonviolence: For Those Who Want to Believe Peace is Possible

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible.The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American bombs kill innocent aid workers in hospitals. ISIS displaces large segments of Iraqis and Syrians. Regular folks are being beheaded. The … [Read More...]

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The Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls & the Kingdom of Christ

Sex-trafficking of children is heartbreaking--perhaps more than any other evil act on earth. As a dad, the thought of young children being exploited in this way is almost too much for me to bear. In this post, I'm going to offer you some impressions from a book that made a big impact on my life: God in a Brothel – An Undercover Journey into Sex T … [Read More...]

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A Video that Perfectly Illustrates How Egocentric Humankind has Become

This is an animated film, but for some reason it was still hard to watch. There is so much truth in this short video, but I'm not so sure we can handle the truth. It hurts.But there is hope. Followers of the way of Jesus can choose something better. A life free of violence. A life free of animal cruelty. A life free of the destruction of … [Read More...]

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Many American Christians Would Call for the Execution of St. Paul #KellyonMyMind

Last night hit our country hard. Millions of people followed, with interest, the case of Kelly Gissendaner. Sadly she was executed late yesterday evening after countless pleas from people around the world, including the Pope, to spare her life. The retribution machine won. Kelly Kelly is a woman, who in 1997, conspired with her then boyfriend to … [Read More...]

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We Just Launched a Portable Church

Yes, it finally happened. After the dream was birthed about five years ago... we finally did it. We launched a church in Seattle. Here's our vision: We seek to create spaces of friendship, activism, and spirituality for anyone disconnected from intentional spiritual community. That's it.If someone is disconnected from intentional spiritual … [Read More...]

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Learn Biblical Greek | Tool #1: Online Immersion Style

In the next few posts, I plan to share about ways to learn Greek. Several tools, methods, resources, approaches, philosophies, etc. are out there that claim to be "the best." I don't think any way is "the best," but the approaches I discuss will all be paths that I think can be extremely beneficial for the early Biblical and/or Attic Greek … [Read More...]

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Moving Beyond Pentecost: Embracing a More Inclusive Charismatic Theology & Life

KURT NOTE: Today we have a guest contribution by Jeff Clarke, who has been a guest before. I’m always challenged by what he writes. This post is about the wind and fire of God... some Holy Ghost stuff... Read and offer feedback if you can! ——————————————————- For some time, I have struggled with the narrow pneumatological focus within Classical Pe … [Read More...]

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Story, Structure and Scripture: Reading the Bible in the 21st Century

KURT NOTE: The following is a guest post by Ryan Furlong. Deep stuff here! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------I suppose stories are vehicles for far more than we give them credit. Far from the typical plot diagram one’s high school English teacher delineated on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” o … [Read More...]

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A Prayer from a Pacifist on Memorial Day

God, help us to remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life. So on this Memorial Day weekend we remember that Your intention for this world is shalom. This would be a world where human beings find themselves in right relationship with You – God, with each other, with the … [Read More...]

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Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church

A NOTE FROM KURT WILLEMS: This is a guest post from two anabaptist thinkers/practitioners who offer us some needed reflections on Christians engaging in politics. I hope you will read and consider picking up their book!---------------------------------------------------------------------Upon returning to his hometown of Nazareth from forty … [Read More...]

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Husbands, Crucify Your Privilege: Ephesians 5 & How Men Take the Lead

... 21 and submit to each other out of respect for Christ. 22 For example, wives should submit to their husbands as if to the Lord. 23 A husband is the head of his wife like Christ is head of the church, that is, the savior of the body. 24 So wives submit to their husbands in everything like the church submits to Christ. 25 As for husbands, love you … [Read More...]

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Between 2 Gods: A Memoir of Abuse in the Mennonite Community

KURT NOTE: What an honor to offer you this excerpt from the new book Between 2 Gods by my friend Trudy Metzger. Read and consider getting her book!--------------------------------The mountains rise, tall and majestic, stretching into the skies and gracing the heavens—that place where God dwells. I pause from my play, a young preschooler, to … [Read More...]

Watershed Vade Mecum: Life Together, Open Call for Writing Submissions

KURT NOTE: This comes from my dear friends at Watershed Church in Kansas City!!!!! Writers, take note!------------------------------------------------Life is messy. It is full of surprises. Rather than taking the roads less traveled, alone, why not look for a tour guide and dare to ask some friends to join you for the adventure?Inspired … [Read More...]