Jesus Never Said: “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle”

We attribute lots of things to Jesus and/or the bible. Lots of things. We go to the bible for our political views. We give Jesus credit for our slogans. We use ideas that have been handed down to us without testing them, and assume they are biblical. We all have likely done this at one [Read More…]

I was quoted on TBN, positively, about Revelation

If you follow my social media channels, you likely already saw this. I am honored and perplexed. Here’s the video to check out! Thank you World Impact with Billy Wilson! The quote comes from my varied work on Revelation. I have an archive of work on Revelation here at Patheos as well as a great [Read More…]

Entering Jesus’ Kingdom of Shalom

Recently, I’ve spent some time thinking about the kingdom of God. I continue to come back to the availability of God’s kingdom–that it is an already and not yet reality. It is a kingdom that can be summarized by the word, shalom. Shalom, in the broad sense is a word meaning “peace.” This Hebrew word goes [Read More…]

I Wanted War – and I Was Wrong (Zach Hoag)

[Kurt Note: Zach is someone that I respect. A lot. In fact, he and I are kindred spirits in lots of ways. I hope that this excerpt from his brand new book, The Light is Winning, will inspire you today!] In the early days of my Reformed and Calvinist fervor, I made a mistake that [Read More…]

The Word “Create” Means “Arrange” – Genesis 1 & Science

Last week I wrote about the problem the church is perpetuating: we create atheists by dealing with the question of evolution poorly. Young adults continue to leave over the perceived posture of broader church culture toward science (this exists in every tradition to a point, but certainly in my home tradition of evangelicalism). One of [Read More…]

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 [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 [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 [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…]