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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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Revelation #1: Anabaptist Apocalyptic Fever, a Fresh Word, and Exile

Yesterday at Pangea Communities we began the LONG journey preaching through the book of Revelation. I spend some time in this first talk wrestling with apocalyptic fanaticism in my own tradition of Anabaptism. In the 1530's a group of so-called Anabaptists in Münster decided that the New Jerusalem would be located there. So, by all means possible ( … [Read More...]

Ed Young to Preach a Series on “Drones”

HT: Medium.comEd Young is an excellent communicator. His theology is terrible most of the time, but he's got skills.His skills led him to make the following promo video for an upcoming series.........What is your take? Bad use of metaphor? This is the same pastor who celebrated the "greatest sniper in US History." … [Read More...]

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God Doesn’t Give a ______ about Cussing–God Cares about Character Formation

As a younger Christian, I judged people. A lot. I didn't know that I was casting judgment...but I was. I'd hear a "bad word" and would think (especially if they went to church): They must be really struggling in their relationship to the Lord.I had similar beliefs about drinking and smoking. How could one follow Jesus and engage in such vices?* … [Read More...]

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God’s Story, Our Story & the Ancient Church: The Christian Life is Like Shakespeare

Last night we continued in our series at Pangea Communities called Threads. This is a look at our core values as a church and how when we weave them together, they produce what Paul calls "a tapestry of love." [PODCAST]The value we covered in our latest worship gathering is STORY--We choose to live into the narrative of God.Of all of our … [Read More...]

My Neighbor Mark Driscoll to Take a 6-Week Leave of Absence

What a whirlwind it has been for those following the Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill situation. For a summary, see the New York Times. All I want to say, before giving the following report is that I pray for Mark Driscoll and all who have been hurt by him directly or indirectly. As a newish resident church planter in Ballard (the site of the first … [Read More...]

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God’s Scandalous Grace in the Old Testament

 Preston Sprinkle is a guy I respect. As we've interacted over the past couple of years, he's always been graceful (even where we've disagreed). Hence, I think he's chosen a topic he models: grace. Not only so, but he's a thoughtful scholar and embraces the nonviolence of Jesus (see my review of Fight: a christian case for nonviolence). We … [Read More...]

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The Israel-Gaza Conflict has Names and Faces: Hearing Voices from Both Sides of the Wall

Over the past several weeks, my heart has grieved the violence taking place in Gaza. Hamas hurts the cause of all Palestinians when they shoot their homemade rockets over the wall at innocent civilians in Israel. And Israel perpetuates the desperation of groups like Hamas with their unjust policies, walls, and discrimination. Both sides of the … [Read More...]

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Resources for Reading Revelation (without all the weird futuristic stuff)

This post is going to be short. As some readers may know, we will be starting an ongoing sermon through the book of Revelation at Pangea Communities in September. By ongoing... we are going to take it slow... and sometimes take breaks... but someday in the far distant future we will get through the whole thing. (you can subscribe to the podcast … [Read More...]

Inclusive: We Choose to Invite Everyone to the Party (sermon)

Yesterday we picked back up where we left off in our church's summer teaching series (Pangea Communities). This series, Threads, is about our core values. Here they are:Peace – We choose to love our enemies. Justice – We choose to right wrongs with those at the margins. Hope – We choose to imagine the world as it ought to be. Community – … [Read More...]

Can You Lose Your Salvation? Competing Views from Mark Driscoll & Greg Boyd

In the past several weeks, much controversy has arisen over Mark Driscoll and the church he started in Seattle. Things have become so bad that even Acts 29 removed the pastor and church from their membership and encouraged him to resign and get help. Needless to say, Mark Driscoll is once again a polarizing figure in Social Media. The intention of … [Read More...]

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My upcoming talk for Missio Alliance’s conference on Anabaptism

Hi friends. Not sure if you have heard, but in September a great conference is going to be happening in Carlisle, PA. Missio Alliance has organized a conference for all of those intrigued by how Anabaptism can be a resource for mission and community in a post-Christian society. I'll be sharing the stage with Greg Boyd, Bruxy Cavey, Brian … [Read More...]

My Response to Mark Driscoll Being Removed from Acts 29

Here's my reaction to Mark Driscoll on being kicked out of Acts29... Post by Kurt Willems.HERE'S THE FULL TEXT OF WHAT I WROTE IN THAT FB UPDATE FOR ANYONE WHO DOESN'T USE FB: "I've intentionally stayed out of this publicly as I live in some odd tension as a church planter in Mars Hill's founding neighborhood. One of the challenges for … [Read More...]

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Resources for Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Today and Yesterday

As many of you know, this past winter I visited Israel/Palestine with The Global Immersion Project. With TGIP I was guided into hope and pain, peace and violence. I still see much hope, but the events of the past week seem like such a step backwards. In this post, I want to point folks towards some helpful resources to gain a basic understanding of … [Read More...]

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#FarewellJohnPiper? – What Boyd, Wright, Bell, and Whoppers Have in Common

Over the past several years John Piper has piped in on many things. And, yes friends, his pipes are loud and proud (well, not Whopper proud ;-) ). He is known for a having a very specific view of God, the Scriptures, and culture.On God, Piper pipes about God's glory. I affirm this wholeheartedly - except much of what he means when he uses this … [Read More...]


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