Does the new Left Behind trailer remind anyone else of Cage’s ‘Con Air?’ (compare trailers here!)

Nick Cage is known for many movies… but perhaps the most out of place and provocative role for which he’s ever been cast is in the new Left Behind movie (hitting theaters this Fall). The movie trailer, released today, reminds me of Con Air for some reason. Anyway, here you go… enjoy this????? (or not… [Read More...]

A Pacifist’s Prayer 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 [Read More...]

Assume the Worst in Others, Bring Out the Worst in Us: Macklemore, Rob Bell & Others We Love to Hate

What is it about this new online reality that makes us assume. As the old phrase goes: “When you assume you make an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’. Let me just that there’s lots of ass-u-me-ing that happens online. We have heroes. We have villans. On any given day these people become either. Not [Read More...]

New Podcast Episode: “The Death of Hope & the Hope of Death”

This message was based on the lectionary texts from this past week… and a few others. The primary texts… Key Texts: John 14.2ff, Acts 7.55-60 Support Texts: 1 Peter 1.4, 1 Thess. 4.16-17, Philippians 3:20-21, Daniel 7 We discussed the “many rooms” imagery and then evoked various passages that have been used to say that [Read More...]

Sitting at the Feet of a Female Seminary Professor – What Cedarville is Missing!

I attended Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Amazing experience. I can’t recommend it enough! One of the best things about the school (formerly: Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary) is that they foster the gifts of both women and men to use for the Kingdom. They make no distinctions, as a faculty, based on gender. Pastors are men. [Read More...]

My Experience at the First Taping of the Rob Bell Show

The following reflection comes from my close friend Dale Best. He’s the Director of Communications & Production at Neighborhood Church. On Wednesday night, I had the privilege of attending the taping of the first two episode of the Rob Bell Show. The new show, which is tentatively set to debut on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN later [Read More...]

Introducing “PangeaCast” – a new missional/anabaptist podcast resource

I’ve pondered starting a podcast for years. Tried it once but didn’t have the time to really invest. Now that I’m leading a church community, it seems like the time has come. PangeaCast is the digital voice of The Pangea Blog and Pangea Communities – a movement of peace, justice, and hope. What makes this [Read More...]

The Praxis Conference is going to be awesome!

I’m going to The Praxis Conference. This could be one of the most interesting events that I’ve been a part of. Check out why they exist: The Praxis Conference is a collaboration of academics, artists, and authors focused on reclaiming the historical church’s priority on liturgy, art and sacred space into the modern day evangelical [Read More...]

Colbert on the War on Christianity

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Zach Phelps: the latest dissenter from Westboro Baptist [video interview]

HT: HuffPo We all have heard about the Westboro Baptist Church. They hate LGBTQ folks. They hate Billy Graham. They hate all Evangelicals. They – well at least they attribute such hatred to their false god – hate just about everyone but themselves. But… what if such a posture eventually feels wrong? Well, the grandson [Read More...]

When you are Pissed Off, Put that Energy Elsewhere

Have you ever been pissed off? I realize that this is crude langauge for some, but it’s authentic language. Sometimes we are angered in a way that makes our blood boil. What are those anger-triggers for you? Sometimes we get angry about things that really shouldn’t anger us. Coffee’s too cold. Coffee’s too hot (seasonal [Read More...]

We Refuse to be Enemies: The Next Dr. King or Gandhi lives in Palestine

Over the past couple of months I’ve occasionally posted my reflections from an experience I had with The Global Immersion Project. If you want to read other reflections, check out: “A Land Without a People for a People without a Land?” or “The Art of Resistance: Bansky, Memory, & Hope.” I should simply add that [Read More...]

5 Church-Types to Probably NOT Avoid, but Embrace

Recently I reflected upon 5 Church-Types to Probably Avoid. My list (which for the explanation of each point you will need to check out that post as well) was as follows: 1) A church in which “Truth” is the most common word in the vocabulary. 2) A church that is driven by a strong personality… [Read More...]

Patheos Turns 5: my top 5 posts ever…check them out! #Patheos5Yrs

I want to start out by saying how grateful I am for the opportunity to blog at Patheos.com. It was just over three years ago when they approached me about such an arrangement. I actually tried to talk them out of it in some ways, as I let them know that I was just having [Read More...]

The Only Time Torture was Ever “Good” – water baptisms and state-sanctioned brutality

Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to the baptism of terrorists is creating quite a bit of online chatter. I, for one, would be offended – that is if I actually cared about her opinion. Most people (I hope!) don’t take her seriously as a spokesperson for Jesus or Christianity. So, she continues to dig [Read More...]

The Crisis of Millennial Mentorship: what young leaders desperately need to hear

[This article originally appeared in the Spring | Summer 2014 Journal (Vol. 12.1) Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation. This particular volume’s theme was “Wisdom and Aging” and offered several pieces on spiritual transformation from across the generational spectrum. I can’t recommend picking up a copy of this issue enough!] I was on the edge [Read More...]

Cracks in God’s Beautiful World: social justice as an act of spiritual warfare

[This article originally appeared in Prism Magazine (Vol. 19., No. 5 - Sept/Oct 2012). I am a huge fan of the work of ESA and Prism and highly recommend utilizing their resources!] How is it that we really make a difference in this world? A few years ago, while driving to a speaking engagement in [Read More...]

Give Greek a “Go!” – an easy way to finally learn the language of Scripture

This upcoming school year I will be studying Christianity and Greco-Roman Religion at the University of Washington (in conjunction with our church plant). My goal, after getting some more religion/history/language classes under my belt, is to then move into Ph.D. studies in Roman History and New Testament. Essentially, I want to do what some scholars [Read More...]

The Art of Resistance: Banksy, Remembering, & Hope Beyond Occupation #IsraelPalestine

In what follows I offer another reflection based on my time in Israel/Palestine with The Global Immersion Project. What a life-changing time and a life-changing organization to be connected to. I can’t recommend them enough! The old saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Art does something to free the imagination to [Read More...]


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