A Hatred of Science Is Killing the Church: Why Young Adults Leave or Never Show Up

Both on The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul and at Pangea Church (Seattle), I have been walking through series on science and scripture. How I go about that now is quite different than I imagine my methods if I were 19. Back then, evolution was off the table. In fact, it wasn’t even something I gave any thought to until 2008 (mid-20s). I was a creationist by default. I had deconstructed (or at least beginning this process):… Read more

How Jesus Defeats the Monsters of the Deep (and Shows Us How to be Human)

During the Season of Lent at Pangea Church (Seattle), we’ve been walking through a series called “Encounters by the Sea.” The basic idea is that Jesus is the one who defeats evil. Here’s a longer summary of the talks: Much of the New Testament narrative of Jesus’ ministry takes place “by the water” – specifically by the Sea of Galilee. In the gospel of Mark especially, some of the most significant and astonishing events in Jesus’ ministry are on or by… Read more

My Favorite Academic but Accessible Books on St. Paul

In this post, I continue a bit of a series on books I recommend on the Apostle Paul. This list isn’t exhaustive, in any way. In fact, I have several others I like (sometimes more, perhaps). But this is still the list that I’d say would be a ‘go to’ for where I’d invite people to start in the category of “intermediate” level reading or “academic but accessible.” Last post, I gave a list of intro-level books. If you are… Read more

My Favorite Intro Level Books about St. Paul the Apostle

In this post, I want to point you toward some of my favorite introduction level books on Paul. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and I do not have the seminary student in mind. I do have a person in mind that has some background in the study of Paul in a general sense, but even if you don’t, these books can catch a person up. I also invite your feedback. What other books could I add to this list. Of… Read more

Last Minute Gift Guide for Theology Nerds: Books on Paul the Apostle

If you want to buy a great gift for the armchair theologian in your life, especially if they are interested in Paul (who isn’t?! hahah), then this guide will be your friend. I want to save you trouble. You don’t have to guess. If your significant other, friend, or family member loves to read up on theology, these books on Paul will most-likely be a “win!” I’ve created this free resource for you, all I ask is that you share… Read more

A Video Intro to Open Theism (Greg Boyd)

Yesterday I had a fun conversation with someone who is checking out our church. The topic of “why pray” came up and thus we chatted about ‘open theism.’ This video is a great introduction to the open view of the future. It is about 8 mins long but gives a wonderful introduction to the key issues. A huge thanks to The Work of the People. Our church subscribes to their resources and uses them weekly in our worship environment. You… Read more

Logos 7 is Here! Time to Nerd Out a Bit!

Every time a new version of Logos comes out, I get giddy. This is by far the coolest sermon resource that I have. And the endless commentaries, dictionaries, translations, Greek/Hebrew tools, helpful preaching illustrations, interactive images, and so many other helpful resources are just amazing. I may sound like I’m talking this thing up, but honestly, if one harnesses the power of this digital bible study tool, it really creates an opportunity to dive deeper than ever before into the… Read more

A 3 Minute Intro to the Context of Revelation

This first video is about the gods of the Roman Empire and their influence on the book of Revelation: This second video, is about some important “big ideas” to keep in mind when reading the text of Revelation: Read more

New Podcast Explores Paul, Gender in the Roman World, and Homophobia

I discuss the need for *nuance* when talking about Paul and LGBTQ folks. The center for Paul and Jesus is always love, no matter where one lands on the traditional–progressive interpretation spectrum of the controversial passages. Love trumps our theological preferences: every single time. Read more

The Cosmic God and Earthy God: Reading Genesis 1-3 Like a Scholar

Reading Genesis 1-3 like a scholar! Read more

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