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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 … [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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Christian Quotes that “Destroy” a Homeschool Mom’s Museum Demolition of Evolutionary Science

Recently the internet has been abuzz with an interesting story (Here's where I read about it: Watch a home-schooler mom go through a science museum and destroy evolution) [this isn't an endoresemnt of the full content of that article, just an example of how this video has gone viral, etc.].A homeschool mom [unfortunately, the reputation of … [Read More...]

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10 Podcasts on the Book of Revelation and Empire

 At Pangea Communities, we are ten messages into our series on Revelation. We have focused on themes such as spiritual formation, radical discipleship, empire, and God's Kingdom.For many of us, we grew up thinking that Revelation was a book that: proved Jesus was a badass after all (and not merely that hippie in the Sermon on the Mount), … [Read More...]

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Motherhood as a Source for Resistance in the African American Struggle: From Slavery to Rosa Parks

I post this analysis at the risk of being completely ignorant. I mean that in a humble sense--as I seek to learn to care about the welfare of all people. Speaking of an oppressed culture, as one who lacks the ability to fully understand, is a risk. I post this reflection as part of my journey of understanding the African American struggle. This r … [Read More...]

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Logos 6: Why I’m a Big Fan

There are several ways to do bible study. The old fashion way, with a Bible, books, and journal works just fine. You can highlight, crease your favorite pages, and write notes. There's something humanizing about this slow process of study. For those who are not worried about expediting study time, this post is probably not for you.However, if … [Read More...]

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There are No God Moments: Rethinking Divine Omnipresence

By Jeff K. Clarke -------------------------- Let me say it up front - I don't believe there is such a thing as a 'God moment.' By 'God moment' I refer to the phrase that speaks of those episodes when God is said to suddenly 'show up.' For Christians, the phrase would normally be used in the context of a church service, meeting or conference … [Read More...]

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The End of Sacrifice: The Eucharist as Christ’s Nonviolent Presence

In this post, I want to explore the connection between Rene Girard's view of sacrifice and the nonviolent empowerment of the church through the Eucharist. Before I do, here are a couple of my assumptions.Christianity, in its ideal form, is absolutely committed to nonviolence. In Christendom (and some years prior) our fore-bearers gave into the … [Read More...]

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Why Was Early Christianity So Diverse? – “Orthodoxy,” “Gnosticism” & Mexican Food

Getting along is hard to do. People divide. That’s a fact of human nature. Division occurs when two divergent views emerge within seeming mutuality. Best friends quickly become enemies. Teammates become opponents. Royal siblings go to war over an inherited kingdom. A Church becomes churches? Well, that is the question at hand. In which way does e … [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll Resigned Today: According to Mars Hill

From Religion News Service: (RNS) Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Wednesday (Oct. 15), according to a document obtained by RNS.The divisive Seattle pastor had announced his plan … [Read More...]

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postCHRISTIAN: Why we need a new reformation in the church

In this post, I chat with Christian Piatt about his most recent book, postCHRISTIAN: What's Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?. He makes some important observations about the state of Christianity in a postmodern world. Whether you agree with everything he says or not, it's important to allow his thoughts to provoke us to think and act d … [Read More...]

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Rob & Kristen Bell: An Egalitarian Marriage Book Coming Out… finally???

Many of us have been hoping for a Christian marriage book that is "egalitarian" in nature for a long time. Of course, there are some books out there that aren't anti-egalitarian, but most of the popular marriage books out there are written from a conservative/complementarian bent. If you don't understand those words, here's a brief definintion of … [Read More...]

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Undiluted: the book to hand your friends about the kind of Jesus you follow

 Undiluted... now there's a thought. What would it look like to remove the muck and mire of American culture from the deep well of the Christian faith to reveal an undiluted Jesus?It looks painful. It looks like losing friends. It looks like carrying a cross. It looks like letting go of comfortable ideas. It looks … [Read More...]


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