FREE: Missio Alliance Anabaptism Conference Talks

Hey friends. You may remember that I spoke at a conference a couple months back. It was an honor to share this moment with many excellent voices for peace and justice: Plenary 1: A Fresh Encounter with Jesus, with Greg Boyd, Meghan Good, and Brian Zahnd Plenary 2: A Radical Approach to Community, with Bruxy [Read More...]

Disarming Scripture from Cherry-Picking Liberals & Violence-Loving Conservatives

Derek Flood’s new book Disarming Scripture has just been released this week, and has already received endorsements and accolades from some pretty big names: Walter Brueggemann, Jim Wallis, Peter Enns, and Steve Chalke to name a few. Disarming Scripture deals with the problem of violence in Scripture, tackling a wide range of troubling passages–from commands [Read More...]

Christian Quotes that “Destroy” a Homeschool Mom’s Museum Demolition of Evolutionary Science

Recently the internet has been abuzz with an interesting story (Here’s where I read about it: Watch a home-schooler mom go through a science museum and destroy evolution) [this isn't an endoresemnt of the full content of that article, just an example of how this video has gone viral, etc.]. A homeschool mom [unfortunately, the reputation [Read More...]

10 Podcasts on the Book of Revelation and Empire

Revelation is a book of hope.

Revelation is a book of sacrifice.

Revelation is a book of gardens and cities.

Revelation is a book that exposes violence.

Revelation is a book that calls out empires.

Revelation is a book that summons us into a better way of being human.

Revelation is a book that features, front and center, a slaughtered lamb. [Read more...]

Motherhood as a Source for Resistance in the African American Struggle: From Slavery to Rosa Parks

I post this analysis at the risk of being completely ignorant. I mean that in a humble sense–as I seek to learn to care about the welfare of all people. Speaking of an oppressed culture, as one who lacks the ability to fully understand, is a risk. I post this reflection as part of my journey [Read More...]

Logos 6: Why I’m a Big Fan

There are several ways to do bible study. The old fashion way, with a Bible, books, and journal works just fine. You can highlight, crease your favorite pages, and write notes. There’s something humanizing about this slow process of study. For those who are not worried about expediting study time, this post is probably not [Read More...]

There are No God Moments: Rethinking Divine Omnipresence

By Jeff K. Clarke ————————– Let me say it up front – I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘God moment.’ By ‘God moment’ I refer to the phrase that speaks of those episodes when God is said to suddenly ‘show up.’ For Christians, the phrase would normally be used in the context [Read More...]

The End of Sacrifice: The Eucharist as Christ’s Nonviolent Presence

In this post, I want to explore the connection between Rene Girard’s view of sacrifice and the nonviolent empowerment of the church through the Eucharist. Before I do, here are a couple of my assumptions. Christianity, in its ideal form, is absolutely committed to nonviolence. In Christendom (and some years prior) our fore-bearers gave into [Read More...]

Why Was Early Christianity So Diverse? – “Orthodoxy,” “Gnosticism” & Mexican Food

Getting along is hard to do. People divide. That’s a fact of human nature. Division occurs when two divergent views emerge within seeming mutuality. Best friends quickly become enemies. Teammates become opponents. Royal siblings go to war over an inherited kingdom. A Church becomes churches? Well, that is the question at hand. In which way [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll Resigned Today: According to Mars Hill

From Religion News Service: (RNS) Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Wednesday (Oct. 15), according to a document obtained by RNS. The divisive Seattle pastor had announced his plan to step aside for at least six [Read More...]

postCHRISTIAN: Why we need a new reformation in the church

In this post, I chat with Christian Piatt about his most recent book, postCHRISTIAN: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?. He makes some important observations about the state of Christianity in a postmodern world. Whether you agree with everything he says or not, it’s important to allow his thoughts to provoke us to think [Read More...]

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...]


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