Logos 7 is Here! Time to Nerd Out a Bit!

Every time a new version of Logos comes out, I get giddy. This is by far the coolest sermon resource that I have. And the endless commentaries, dictionaries, translations, Greek/Hebrew tools, helpful preaching illustrations, interactive images, and so many other helpful resources are just amazing. I may sound like I'm talking this thing up, but … [Read More...]

A 3 Minute Intro to the Context of Revelation

This first video is about the gods of the Roman Empire and their influence on the book of Revelation:This second video, is about some important "big ideas" to keep in mind when reading the text of Revelation: … [Read More...]

New Podcast Explores Paul, Gender in the Roman World, and Homophobia

In this special edition of The Paulcast, I explore a topic that is on the hearts and minds of many people in the aftermath of the horrific shooting that took place in Orlando. 50 lives were lost. 49 lives were lost because of one thing: their identity. LGBTQ persons continue to struggle to find equal footing in our society, and this tragedy is … [Read More...]

The Cosmic God and Earthy God: Reading Genesis 1-3 Like a Scholar

A text is never just a story; it is a story that keeps getting told. Stories, although often static in the medium of texts, evolve and expand. The ways in which certain passages are interpreted, not least in religious texts, are in an ongoing hermeneutical conversation. Meaning often evolves as circumstances warrant fresh applications and … [Read More...]

Freestyling Through Galatians, Chunk by Chunk: An Audio Resource

Hey friends, I wanted to let you all know that I started a new series today on The Paulcast called "Freestyle Galatians." In this ongoing series, I will walk through Paul's letter to the Galatians chunk by chunk. This is a freestyle, which means that although it is informed by scholarship, it is mostly focused on diving into the text and processing … [Read More...]

Entering the Conversation on Paul and Judaism (Podcast Episodes)

As you may already know, I recently started a podcast called The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul.In order to understand the scholarly conversation about Paul, many folks need a starting point. My first series is exactly that. If you listen to this series, you will understand Paul's writings in a whole new way!Here are all the … [Read More...]

Why Studying the Apostle Paul Matters | In fact, it’s a matter of life & death!

As I announced a couple of weeks ago, my latest project is The Paulcast: A Podcast all about the Apostle Paul. After my introduction episode, titled "Surprised by Paul," I launched straight into a series called Entering the Conversation. Here's why.In my experience, many people talk about the things Paul wrote down without doing the hard work … [Read More...]

Introducing: The Paulcast Podcast & Easy Book Giveaway (Books about Paul)

It has been a long time since I've been on the blog. Way. Too. Long.As some of you know, I've been steeped knee deep in it: grad school, a great church start-up, and my awesome family. All wonderful things--but I've had to put some creative extracurriculars on hold.But now it is time to re-engage with my online friends who have cheered me … [Read More...]

Paul’s “Problem” with Torah: Why Evangelicalism’s Law vs Grace Preaching Needs to be Reconsidered

Paul had a problem with the Torah.[1] There is no denying this fact.The nature of the problem, however, is certainly up for debate.Growing up as a child of evangelicalism, the problem was often framed in binaries: law vs. grace or religion vs. grace or works vs. faith or flesh vs. Spirit or slavery vs. freedom. All of these dualities get at … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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 ReKnew.org. 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X