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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...]

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God is Waiting on the Outside: Moving Beyond our Theological Boundaries in Pursuit of Jesus

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. I hope you will be too... -------------------------------------------------------"When we have our lives oriented on religious identity instead of in Jesus alone, we encounter a massive obstacle in our path.” - B … [Read More...]

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Politicized Christology in Christianized Politics: “Constantinianism” of “Right” and “Left”

This is a guest post to get us thinking about political discourse as Christians. Thanks to Darrin W. Snyder Belousek for this great guest submission!------------------------------------In a recent essay at The Week, Damon Linker responds to several writers in First Things who lament the triumph of “secular liberalism” and the demise of “civ … [Read More...]

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Rethinking Hell Conference at Fuller Seminary

KURT: Whether you are a traditionalist, conditionalist, or believe in some form of universal reconciliation (or fall anywhere else on the hell spectrum of evangelical theology), the Rethinking Hell Conference would be awesome to attend. I think that we should be willing to listen to various views on theological issues so that we can sharpen one … [Read More...]

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Lent: Because sometimes rich Christians simply need to starve a little

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are powerful words that are often recited as ashes are applied to the forehead of Christians. For the past few years of my life, Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent has been a time of focused commitment to journey with Christians around the world to the cross. This season is marked … [Read More...]

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Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

I believe in Hell. Hell is real, in one form or another.Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earth--this is r … [Read More...]

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We Can Be So Right and Still Be So Wrong: My Theological Journey from Certainty to Discovery

*Guest Post by Jeff K. Clarke. He offers guest insights here on the Pangea Blog from time to time. I hope you enjoy! My theological journey has less to do with changes made to specific categories, though many such changes have occurred, and more to do with the posture, mood and style in which I engage in the theological task. In the past, my appro … [Read More...]

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8 Signs That You Might Be An Evangelical Reject

It's been 3.5 years since I originally coined the phrase "Evangelical Reject." And a lot has happened in those years, in my life and in the culture of the church in America.For one, when I originally wrote "You Might Be An Evangelical Reject If...," the word "evangelical" still had authority as a label for millennials like myself. Many of us … [Read More...]

Make Wine Not War

Repurposed for Peace: Christmas, Crucifixion & Reconciliation

They shall beat swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, [nor] learn war anymore. Isaiah 2.4 (NRSV)I have a bottle topper that says: “Recycled from disarmed nuclear weapon systems.” Its opposite reads: “Make wine not war.” Whether you drink wine or not this image is powerful. This rep … [Read More...]

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Why Christians Should Care About Hebron in the West Bank

Hebron.It is the city where one building, separated by bulletproof glass, is both a mosque and synagogue. Here houses the legendary burial sites of Abraham and Sarah (Tomb of the Patriarchs).Hebron is a city of division. Of violence. Of pain. Of apartheid. Of racism. Of militarism. Of despair. Of settlement.I know this first hand. I've … [Read More...]

Saturday Night Live Goes to Christmas Church Service (Hilarious!)

This is one of those things... I just had to share. Check it out. Laugh a lot! … [Read More...]

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Ethical Children’s Books for the Christian Activist Family

In this post, I've attempted to create a list of books for families who are followers of the way of Jesus. As Christians, we are called to foster the imaginations of our children so that they will know of God's heart for reconciliation, peacemaking, and justice. Although I don't have a long list to offer here, I do want to offer a few books that we … [Read More...]

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Jesus was Born in Bethlehem, NOT Rome: Choosing to Lose the “War for Christmas”

Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. Yesterday, my friend Jeff Clarke wrote:However, when we post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our demand for people toKeep Christ in Christmas, we are in that moment displaying a degree of arrogance, not humility. Instead of pointing people to the humble birth of the incarnate … [Read More...]

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2 Reasons NOT to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’

*Guest Post: By Jeff K. Clarke ————————– Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place - from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links and blog posts. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers t … [Read More...]

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We’re not playing the race card; we’re analyzing the racialized deck.

From Kurt: The following post comes from my friend Drew Hart. Read his blog! Also, read his full bio a the bottom of this post. He's not only a gifted thinker on issues pertaining to theology and race, but he's a great person. This article will challenge many of us who come from privileged backgrounds. Hopefully it will lead us closer towards the p … [Read More...]

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FREE: Missio Alliance Anabaptism Conference Talks

Hey friends.You may remember that I spoke at a conference a couple months back. It was an honor to share this moment with many excellent voices for peace and justice:Plenary 1: A Fresh Encounter with Jesus, with Greg Boyd, Meghan Good, and Brian Zahnd Plenary 2: A Radical Approach to Community, with Bruxy Cavey, Samuel Sarpiya, Dennis … [Read More...]

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Disarming Scripture from Cherry-Picking Liberals & Violence-Loving Conservatives

Derek Flood's new book Disarming Scripture has just been released this week, and has already received endorsements and accolades from some pretty big names: Walter Brueggemann, Jim Wallis, Peter Enns, and Steve Chalke to name a few.Disarming Scripture deals with the problem of violence in Scripture, tackling a wide range of troubling … [Read More...]


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