New Conservative Christian Documentary Calls Out Guns as Anti-ProLife

This documentary looks awesome. Seriously though. A hardcore conservative pastor calling out against gun violence. Why is this awesome? #1 This is the logical extension of prolife ethics. #2 It is consistent with the ethic of Jesus and nonviolence. #3 It is consistent with the ethic of Jesus and “love thy neighbor.” #4 It trumps political categories!!!! HuffPo says: Bringing a preserved fetus to an anti-abortion demonstration would have been one of the more politically explosive moments of the Rev. Robert… Read more

Giving Up on Nonviolence: For Those Who Want to Believe Peace is Possible

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American bombs kill innocent aid workers in hospitals. ISIS displaces large segments of Iraqis and Syrians. Regular folks are being beheaded. The tension between Israel and Palestine hasn’t a hint of slack. Peace feels futile. Can you relate? Perhaps you are like… Read more

The Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls & the Kingdom of Christ

Sex-trafficking of children is heartbreaking–perhaps more than any other evil act on earth. As a dad, the thought of young children being exploited in this way is almost too much for me to bear. In this post, I’m going to offer you some impressions from a book that made a big impact on my life: God in a Brothel – An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue. Let’s begin with a reflection from “Daniel Walker” (a pseudonym): I noticed… Read more

A Video that Perfectly Illustrates How Egocentric Humankind has Become

This is an animated film, but for some reason it was still hard to watch. There is so much truth in this short video, but I’m not so sure we can handle the truth. It hurts. But there is hope. Followers of the way of Jesus can choose something better. A life free of violence. A life free of animal cruelty. A life free of the destruction of creation. A life free of anything that doesn’t look like a God… Read more

Many American Christians Would Call for the Execution of St. Paul #KellyonMyMind

In no way do I want to create a one-for-one correlation between St. Paul and Kelly Gissendaner. Paul’s violence was religiously motivated (always evil in light of Christ) and Kelly’s was motivated by other things. But, the fact is that they do have one thing in common: they both committed unthinkable murders and they both found the light of God which changed them into dramatically loving people. Read more

We Just Launched a Portable Church

Yes, it finally happened. After the dream was birthed about five years ago… we finally did it. We launched a church in Seattle. Here’s our vision: We seek to create spaces of friendship, activism, and spirituality for anyone disconnected from intentional spiritual community. That’s it. If someone is disconnected from intentional spiritual community, they are our “target.” (holding back gag reflex after typing “target” in the context of church) As a result, I hear lots of stories from folks who… Read more

Learn Biblical Greek | Tool #1: Online Immersion Style

In the next few posts, I plan to share about ways to learn Greek. Several tools, methods, resources, approaches, philosophies, etc. are out there that claim to be “the best.” I don’t think any way is “the best,” but the approaches I discuss will all be paths that I think can be extremely beneficial for the early Biblical and/or Attic Greek learner. This first post highlights the Conversational Koine Institute, headed up by my good friend Michael Holcomb. I’ve sat… Read more

Moving Beyond Pentecost: Embracing a More Inclusive Charismatic Theology & Life

KURT NOTE: Today we have a guest contribution by Jeff Clarke, who has been a guest before. I’m always challenged by what he writes. This post is about the wind and fire of God… some Holy Ghost stuff… Read and offer feedback if you can! ——————————————————- For some time, I have struggled with the narrow pneumatological focus within Classical Pentecostalism. It’s as though we have defined the work of the Spirit almost exclusively in reference to Spirit baptism (with tongues… Read more

Story, Structure and Scripture: Reading the Bible in the 21st Century

KURT NOTE: The following is a guest post by Ryan Furlong. Deep stuff here! —————————————————————————– I suppose stories are vehicles for far more than we give them credit. Far from the typical plot diagram one’s high school English teacher delineated on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” or Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter—outlining the discrete plot elements of exposition, complicating action, climax, declining action, the denouement, and some sort of resolution—stories produce infinite possibilities for meanings and interpretations of those meanings… Read more

A Prayer from a Pacifist 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 earth, and to one’s own self. Life is indeed a gift both… Read more

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