Rob & Kristen Bell: An Egalitarian Marriage Book Coming Out… finally???

Many of us have been hoping for a Christian marriage book that is “egalitarian” in nature for a long time. Of course, there are some books out there that aren’t anti-egalitarian, but most of the popular marriage books out there are written from a conservative/complementarian bent. If you don’t understand those words, here’s a brief [Read More...]

Undiluted: the book to hand your friends about the kind of Jesus you follow

  Undiluted… now there’s a thought. What would it look like to remove the muck and mire of American culture from the deep well of the Christian faith to reveal an undiluted Jesus? It looks painful. It looks like losing friends. It looks like carrying a cross. It looks like letting go of comfortable ideas. [Read More...]

Revelation #1: Anabaptist Apocalyptic Fever, a Fresh Word, and Exile

Yesterday at Pangea Communities we began the LONG journey preaching through the book of Revelation. I spend some time in this first talk wrestling with apocalyptic fanaticism in my own tradition of Anabaptism. In the 1530′s a group of so-called Anabaptists in Münster decided that the New Jerusalem would be located there. So, by all means [Read More...]

Ed Young to Preach a Series on “Drones”

HT: Medium.com Ed Young is an excellent communicator. His theology is terrible most of the time, but he’s got skills. His skills led him to make the following promo video for an upcoming series……… What is your take? Bad use of metaphor? This is the same pastor who celebrated the “greatest sniper in US History.” [Read more...]

God Doesn’t Give a ______ about Cussing–God Cares about Character Formation

As a younger Christian, I judged people. A lot. I didn’t know that I was casting judgment…but I was. I’d hear a “bad word” and would think (especially if they went to church): They must be really struggling in their relationship to the Lord. I had similar beliefs about drinking and smoking. How could one [Read More...]

God’s Story, Our Story & the Ancient Church: The Christian Life is Like Shakespeare

Last night we continued in our series at Pangea Communities called Threads. This is a look at our core values as a church and how when we weave them together, they produce what Paul calls “a tapestry of love.” [PODCAST] The value we covered in our latest worship gathering is STORY–We choose to live into [Read More...]

My Neighbor Mark Driscoll to Take a 6-Week Leave of Absence

What a whirlwind it has been for those following the Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill situation. For a summary, see the New York Times. All I want to say, before giving the following report is that I pray for Mark Driscoll and all who have been hurt by him directly or indirectly. As a newish [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

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 [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 [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 [Read More...]

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 [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 [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

#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 – [Read More...]

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...]

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 world All: Have mercy on us One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world All: Free us from the bondage of sin and death One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]


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