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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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Getting “up to date” on the Study of St. Paul in about 30 Mins: Wright and Gorman Conversation

Here's a great video, from Fortress Press, that walks through major themes in NT Wright's latest book on Paul. It includes a discussion guide that can be used in a discussion group, classroom, or small group.Discussion Guide (Thanks to Fortress Press) … [Read More...]

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A Liturgy of Confession and Allegiance for July 4th

Litany of Confession & Allegiance[Source]One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldAll: Have mercy on usOne: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldAll: Free us from the bondage of sin and deathOne: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldAll: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.One: For … [Read More...]

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Can Traditionalists & Progressives Unite with Different LGBTQ Theologies?

For a long time I've been discouraged by how the conversation between traditionalists and progressives goes when it comes to LGBTQ inclusion. Name calling in both directions has led to polarizing results.This, of course, is no different then the religious rhetoric wars of the past. For the most part, physical violence isn't involved (with the … [Read More...]

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If Shane Claiborne had a Jewish Brother: gardens, reconciliation, & hope

"I no longer want to see others as humans. I want to learn to see others as brothers, sisters, mothers, & fathers." - Rabbi Shaul David JudelmanA few months ago I traveled to the Holy Land with The Global Immersion Project to learn about peacemaking [side note: you should join in the great work that TGIP is up to... seriously!!!!]. We … [Read More...]

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Christians and July 4th: Celebrate with Kingdom Lenses – Not Americanized Ones

For the past several years I have publicly discussed why I tend to avoid associating myself with Independence Day. For a few years in a row I posted what was called my "annual unpopular post." It all began in 2009 (when I hardly blogged), with a post titled: An "unpopular" 4th of July Post… Why this is Not a Day to Celebrate [later re-blogged and nu … [Read More...]

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Sermon Series to check out: Threads – woven together in love

Right now at Pangea Communities we are in a new series for the summer season. We are calling it Threads and are walking through each of our core values - each representing a thread that weaves us into a fuller human existence. We have as our theme passage Colossians 2.2-4 (The Message)*:I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with … [Read More...]

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Resources for Shaping a *RaptureLess* Theology: Where to Start to Debunk Left Behind

With the new Left Behind movie coming out this Fall, I think it's fitting to reexamine what the Bible actually teaches about the "End Times." One thing that I realize when we talk about issues pertaining to the End, is that many folks feel in their bones that what they were taught is wrong. The hard part is putting together something that makes … [Read More...]

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Why the Rapture isn’t Biblical… And Why it Matters

I grew up in church culture. Most of what I recall from those early childhood and teenage years bring memories of good things.  People genuinely taught me that loving Jesus matters more than anything else in the world.  The world, after all, is corrupt and the place we truly long for is far, far away – heaven.  So we are to love Jesus and hate the w … [Read More...]

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Hookah & the Gospel of Reconciliation: Loving Muslim Neighbors

Many of you know that a few months ago I had the unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land with The Global Immersion Project a few months ago. We went with the intentional posture of learners, hearing stories and strategies from wonderful grassroots peacemakers (both Israeli and Palestinian). One of the things that impressed me more than anything … [Read More...]

Podcast: “Centrifugal(petal) Representation” 06.01.14 (PangeaCast 5)

Hi Friends,For those of you who are following along with our missional/anabaptist church planting journey, here is our 5th podcast. As I've said before, this will eventually be a full blown resource - more than just our sermon content. I plan to have regular interviews from practitioners and thinkers along with some conversations with folks … [Read More...]

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Does the new Left Behind trailer remind anyone else of Cage’s ‘Con Air?’ (compare trailers here!)

Nick Cage is known for many movies... but perhaps the most out of place and provocative role for which he's ever been cast is in the new Left Behind movie (hitting theaters this Fall). The movie trailer, released today, reminds me of Con Air for some reason. Anyway, here you go... enjoy this????? (or not... considering rapture isn't in the Bible). … [Read More...]

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A Pacifist’s Prayer on Memorial Day

God, help us to remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life. So on this Memorial Day weekend we remember that Your intention for this world is shalom. This would be a world where human beings find themselves in right relationship with You - God, with each other, with the … [Read More...]

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Assume the Worst in Others, Bring Out the Worst in Us: Macklemore, Rob Bell & Others We Love to Hate

What is it about this new online reality that makes us assume. As the old phrase goes: "When you assume you make an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'.Let me just that there's lots of ass-u-me-ing that happens online. We have heroes. We have villans. On any given day these people become either.Not only so,but these people divide. "I'm for … [Read More...]

New Podcast Episode: “The Death of Hope & the Hope of Death”

This message was based on the lectionary texts from this past week... and a few others. The primary texts...Key Texts: John 14.2ff, Acts 7.55-60Support Texts: 1 Peter 1.4, 1 Thess. 4.16-17, Philippians 3:20-21, Daniel 7We discussed the "many rooms" imagery and then evoked various passages that have been used to say that death is … [Read More...]

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Sitting at the Feet of a Female Seminary Professor – What Cedarville is Missing!

I attended Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Amazing experience. I can't recommend it enough!One of the best things about the school (formerly: Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary) is that they foster the gifts of both women and men to use for the Kingdom. They make no distinctions, as a faculty, based on gender. Pastors are men. Pastors are … [Read More...]

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My Experience at the First Taping of the Rob Bell Show

The following reflection comes from my close friend Dale Best. He's the Director of Communications & Production at Neighborhood Church.On Wednesday night, I had the privilege of attending the taping of the first two episode of the Rob Bell Show. The new show, which is tentatively set to debut on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN later this fall, features … [Read More...]

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Introducing “PangeaCast” – a new missional/anabaptist podcast resource

I've pondered starting a podcast for years. Tried it once but didn't have the time to really invest. Now that I'm leading a church community, it seems like the time has come.PangeaCast is the digital voice of The Pangea Blog and Pangea Communities – a movement of peace, justice, and hope.What makes this exciting is that those who subscribe ( … [Read More...]


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