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Give Greek a “Go!” – an easy way to finally learn the language of Scripture

This upcoming school year I will be studying Christianity and Greco-Roman Religion at the University of Washington (in conjunction with our church plant). My goal, after getting some more religion/history/language classes under my belt, is to then move into Ph.D. studies in Roman History and New Testament. Essentially, I want to do what some … [Read More...]

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The Art of Resistance: Banksy, Remembering, & Hope Beyond Occupation #IsraelPalestine

In what follows I offer another reflection based on my time in Israel/Palestine with The Global Immersion Project. What a life-changing time and a life-changing organization to be connected to. I can't recommend them enough! The old saying goes that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Art does something to free the imagination to dream of a … [Read More...]

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Cultivate Seattle: a one-day conference on peacemaking & mission (discount!)

Having just returned from a peacemaking trip to Israel/Palestine, under the leadership of the Global Immersion Project, I'm thrilled to have them in my city! I'm hoping you will come hang out with us on April 24th (as a pre-seminar for the Inhabit Conference). Peacemaking has been disintegrated from the Church’s understanding of God, His … [Read More...]

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A Land without a People for a People without a Land? – Zionism, Jesus, & Israel/Palestine

I’m writing this article from Israel/Palestine. I’ve partnered with The Global Immersion Project to learn from peacemakers in the region in order to apply their vision of peace both at home and abroad. As you can imagine, visiting this place is life-changing. Even prior to this trip, my heart broke for the people of this land. Before I get into … [Read More...]

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5 Essential Ways to Prepare for a Trip to Israel – especially if you’re a Christian #IsraelPalestine

For the past couple of months I've been preparing for my first ever trip to Israel/Palestine. Visiting the Holy Land has long been a dream of mine (perhaps for most Christians), so when the opportunity came up, I'm glad I prepared with some great folks. With the guidance of my friends at The Global Immersion Project, I feel prepared for such a … [Read More...]

A “dummies” guide for understanding open theism?

Kurt Johnson, wrote an excellent piece called "Open Theism Simplified." This doesn't mean that the article is super-short, but that he did all that he could to take out any technical jargon to explain the open view. As many of you know, this is a perspective that I also hold to... that the future to God is one of possibilities not of fixed outcomes … [Read More...]

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5 Church-Types to Probably Avoid

For the past several years I've been wrestling with my vision of church. Often, pessimism wins out. And, although I still believe that the church is the hope of the world – when it is in Christ – I still struggle to see the beauty of the kingdom throughout the greater church at times. I need to be careful here, because the temptation would … [Read More...]

The Story of St. Valentine – in a nutshell

Quoted from Common Prayer -- Valentine of Rome (d. 269) A Christian priest in Rome, Valentine was known for assisting Christians persecuted under Claudius II. After being caught marrying Christian -couples and helping Christians escape the persecution, Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. Although Emperor Claudius originally liked … [Read More...]

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The Global Immersion Project – everyday peacemakers. global conflict. #IsraelPalestine

Kurt's Introduction: Some of you may already know, I'm currently preparing for a trip to Israel/Palestine. Not only is it a dream come true to get to walk where Jesus walked, but this trip is quite intentional - learning from peacemakers in the region to become more of a peacemaker myself.  For the past several years, I've blogged about my … [Read More...]

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Changing our Lenses on Crime and Punishment – a restorative justice view

My friend Ben Corey wrote a great set of blogs on our justice system and the connection to theology. His blog, How a Poor Theology of the Cross Created America's Broken Justice System, frames the discussion well.... read, read, read it! In the following blog post, I want to come alongside the great work that he did last week on Restorative Justice … [Read More...]

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When Violence Hits Home: “sparing the rod,” spanking, & peaceful parenting

[Kurt's Editor Note: The following article, written by Rachel Boldwyn, reflects my general approach to spanking. Lauren and I have no plans to spank our daughter, for the reasons listed in this article and for various other reasons. With that said, we need to offer grace and understanding in this area. I have no interest in making a blanket … [Read More...]

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The Beautiful Risk of Calling God our “Father” – reflections from a young dad

Lately I’ve reflected on the way we use language to describe God. Naming God as “Father” is normal to me. I worship the God revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – as spoken of in the creeds, texts, and liturgies of the Church. At the same time, I recognize that God-proper, often referred to as “the Godhead,” transcends gender … [Read More...]

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Free eBook: Evolution & Scripture are NOT Mutually Exclusive – Ham & Nye are both wrong

Most folks probably know that Ken Ham and Bill Nye just debated the origins of the earth. Ham, a youth earth creationist, and Nye (the science guy), an atheist, demonstrated that the old dichotomy remains in some segments of culture: the bible and science are incompatible. This is a false dichotomy - one that prompted the writing of a free … [Read More...]

The Reconciliation of LGBTQ vs. Chick Fil A – why I stayed silent and the beauty of hospitality

It's no secret that I have advocated that the church stay out of marriage (in regards to imposing a "Christianized" version on the government). There should be no qualms about allowing people who love each other to marry one another under the law, especially when a marriage is ratified by a pagan state. This has no effect on Christians of either … [Read More...]

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A Liturgical-Anabaptist Worship Gathering: our “worship script” from last sunday

Many people often ask me about how Pangea Communities: a movement of peace, justice, & hope is able to be both Anabaptist and liturgical. What does this look like practically? Although we are still figuring this stuff out, I thought I'd share with you our "worship script" from last Sunday. You will notice that we draw from several sources, … [Read More...]

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What a “Missional Community” is and isn’t: understanding the basics

In what follows, I'm sharing with you what I shared with our church plant Core Team last night. The following outline describes what a "Missional Community" is and what it isn't. Now, I'm using this language for our context, so I'm not claiming to have the corner on the MC market (so to speak). Also, I should say that although this outline is … [Read More...]

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The Modern Magnificat: stories of women called to ministry

As you are well aware, I am an egalitarian when it comes to gender roles in the church and home. I've written about it numerous times. What I want to make you aware of is a great book that has compiled stories of modern women following their calls into the pastorate (and other ministry professions). The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to … [Read More...]

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Where I disagree with N.T. Wright: Paul, Soldiers, & Leaving Violent Professions Behind

Recently, an edition of "Ask N.T. Wright" was release via his Facebook Page. One of the questions that got asked had to do with Paul' approach to Christian converts in the military. The question was: Question 2 from Joshua Gillies: “What would Paul say to a Christian serving in the military?” I've always known that N.T. Wright wasn't a … [Read More...]

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What if Bonhoeffer really didn’t try to kill Hitler? [a new theory]

I didn't come across this topic until this morning as I was reading a friend's blog [check out David Marshall's good work on theology]. Scot McKnight, back in November, discussed a new book called Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking (BakerAcademic, 2013). Written by Mark Thiessen Nation, Anthony … [Read More...]