The Word “Create” Means “Arrange” – Genesis 1 & Science

Last week I wrote about the problem the church is perpetuating: we create atheists by dealing with the question of evolution poorly. Young adults continue to leave over the perceived posture of broader church culture toward science (this exists in every tradition to a point, but certainly in my home tradition of evangelicalism).One of the … [Read More...]

A Hatred of Science Is Killing the Church: Why Young Adults Leave or Never Show Up

Both on The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul and at Pangea Church (Seattle), I have been walking through series on science and scripture.How I go about that now is quite different than I imagine my methods if I were 19. Back then, evolution was off the table. In fact, it wasn't even something I gave any thought to until 2008 … [Read More...]

How Jesus Defeats the Monsters of the Deep (and Shows Us How to be Human)

During the Season of Lent at Pangea Church (Seattle), we've been walking through a series called "Encounters by the Sea." The basic idea is that Jesus is the one who defeats evil. Here's a longer summary of the talks: Much of the New Testament narrative of Jesus’ ministry takes place “by the water” – specifically by the Sea of Galilee. In the gos … [Read More...]

My Favorite Academic but Accessible Books on St. Paul

In this post, I continue a bit of a series on books I recommend on the Apostle Paul. This list isn't exhaustive, in any way. In fact, I have several others I like (sometimes more, perhaps). But this is still the list that I'd say would be a 'go to' for where I'd invite people to start in the category of "intermediate" level reading or "academic but … [Read More...]

My Favorite Intro Level Books about St. Paul the Apostle

In this post, I want to point you toward some of my favorite introduction level books on Paul. This isn't an exhaustive list, and I do not have the seminary student in mind. I do have a person in mind that has some background in the study of Paul in a general sense, but even if you don't, these books can catch a person up.I also invite your … [Read More...]

Last Minute Gift Guide for Theology Nerds: Books on Paul the Apostle

If you want to buy a great gift for the armchair theologian in your life, especially if they are interested in Paul (who isn't?! hahah), then this guide will be your friend. I want to save you trouble. You don’t have to guess. If your significant other, friend, or family member loves to read up on theology, these books on Paul will most-likely be a … [Read More...]

A Video Intro to Open Theism (Greg Boyd)

Yesterday I had a fun conversation with someone who is checking out our church. The topic of "why pray" came up and thus we chatted about 'open theism.' This video is a great introduction to the open view of the future. It is about 8 mins long but gives a wonderful introduction to the key issues. A huge thanks to The Work of the People. Our church … [Read More...]

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...]