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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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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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