Freestyling Through Galatians, Chunk by Chunk: An Audio Resource

Hey friends, I wanted to let you all know that I started a new series today on The Paulcast called “Freestyle Galatians.” In this ongoing series, I will walk through Paul’s letter to the Galatians chunk by chunk. This is a freestyle, which means that although it is informed by scholarship, it is mostly focused on diving into the text and processing it out loud. It is designed to be a resource for personal bible study, sermon prep, small group... Read more

Entering the Conversation on Paul and Judaism (Podcast Episodes)

As you may already know, I recently started a podcast called The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul. In order to understand the scholarly conversation about Paul, many folks need a starting point. My first series is exactly that. If you listen to this series, you will understand Paul’s writings in a whole new way! Here are all the titles for Entering the Conversation: #1 Intro & Auschwitz #2.1 Paul via Augustine, Luther, & Reformers #2.2 Augustine, Luther,... Read more

Why Studying the Apostle Paul Matters | In fact, it’s a matter of life & death!

As I announced a couple of weeks ago, my latest project is The Paulcast: A Podcast all about the Apostle Paul. After my introduction episode, titled “Surprised by Paul,” I launched straight into a series called Entering the Conversation. Here’s why. In my experience, many people talk about the things Paul wrote down without doing the hard work of entering the world Paul lived in. So, without knowing it, we read this statement or that in one of his letters... Read more

Introducing: The Paulcast Podcast & Easy Book Giveaway (Books about Paul)

It has been a long time since I’ve been on the blog. Way. Too. Long. As some of you know, I’ve been steeped knee deep in it: grad school, a great church start-up, and my awesome family. All wonderful things–but I’ve had to put some creative extracurriculars on hold. But now it is time to re-engage with my online friends who have cheered me on over the years. So… I … started … a … PODCAST! The Paulcast: A Podcast All About... Read more

Paul’s “Problem” with Torah: Why Evangelicalism’s Law vs Grace Preaching Needs to be Reconsidered

Paul had a problem with the Torah.[1] There is no denying this fact. The nature of the problem, however, is certainly up for debate. Growing up as a child of evangelicalism, the problem was often framed in binaries: law vs. grace or religion vs. grace or works vs. faith or flesh vs. Spirit or slavery vs. freedom. All of these dualities get at the same thing: the old Hebrew covenant was needed, but only so that at the fullness of... Read more

Dining Disaster in Galatians: A Dinner that Went Wrong, but Not for the Reasons We’ve Been Taught

  Sitting at the table continues to be a metaphor for communing with other human beings. When we dine with others, we hear their stories, and we gaze into their eyes trying to see things as they see them. Table fellowship, as it is often called, implies that real human beings are engaged in friendship. But we all know that these shared experiences can go wrong. Perhaps you’ve attended a dinner where your only role was to be a silent... Read more

5 Ways Christians Can Be Better Friends to LGBTQ Persons

The following post is written by my friend Preston Sprinkle. He comes at this conversation, as someone with a fairly traditional theological perspective and yet full of love and openness. At our church, Pangea, we actually have folks on both sides of the theological spectrum—all who choose to break bread with each other. Voices like Preston’s would fit quite well in our context. His recent written work addressing a Christian approach to LGBTQ persons is full of empathy and wisdom.... Read more

Greg Boyd Gives 5 Bullet Points about Open Theism in the Bible

Greg does us all a favor by compiling this helpful list of how the Bible speaks to Open Theism. Greg is a great guy and a great source for both pastoral and theological wisdom. Make sure you spend some time at the archives of ReKnew.org. If you need a basic introduction to the concept of Open Theism, start with: “A “dummies” guide for understanding open theism?“. The Lord frequently changes his mind in the light of changing circumstances, or as... Read more

Evil is Random, Even for God: The Uncontrolling Love of God

Kurt Note: Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian I respect. His work in open and relational theology is so helpful for understanding the nature of God in relation to space and time. In this short article, Tom gives us a bit of a peak at a new way of understanding why evil and suffering exist. He also looks at why God doesn’t always intervene as we’d like. Thought provoking, to be sure! This particular post is inspired by his new book, The Uncontrolling Love of... Read more

Presidents Can’t Follow Jesus, So Christians Quit Fighting About It!

It’s impossible to be the president of the United States and to follow Jesus. But we Christians love fighting about this or that candidate as if they will bring the sword of the Lord to bear upon this land. This doesn’t mean that someone can’t be a Christian and president, but that their ability to actually follow Jesus’ call to discipleship is automatically stunted. In fact, it might be impossible. But that doesn’t keep candidates from trying to cater to... Read more
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