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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

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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…]

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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

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

The Paulcast: A Podcast all about the Apostle Paul launches this week. Help get word out and win a book! [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 [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. [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

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 [Read More…]