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…]

Giving Up on Nonviolence: For Those Who Want to Believe Peace is Possible

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American bombs kill innocent aid workers in hospitals. ISIS displaces large segments of Iraqis and Syrians. Regular [Read More…]

The Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls & the Kingdom of Christ

Sex-trafficking of children is heartbreaking–perhaps more than any other evil act on earth. As a dad, the thought of young children being exploited in this way is almost too much for me to bear. In this post, I’m going to offer you some impressions from a book that made a big impact on my life: [Read More…]

A Video that Perfectly Illustrates How Egocentric Humankind has Become

This is an animated film, but for some reason it was still hard to watch. There is so much truth in this short video, but I’m not so sure we can handle the truth. It hurts. But there is hope. Followers of the way of Jesus can choose something better. A life free of violence. [Read More…]

Many American Christians Would Call for the Execution of St. Paul #KellyonMyMind

In no way do I want to create a one-for-one correlation between St. Paul and Kelly Gissendaner. Paul’s violence was religiously motivated (always evil in light of Christ) and Kelly’s was motivated by other things. But, the fact is that they do have one thing in common: they both committed unthinkable murders and they both found the light of God which changed them into dramatically loving people. [Read more…]

We Just Launched a Portable Church

Yes, it finally happened. After the dream was birthed about five years ago… we finally did it. We launched a church in Seattle. Here’s our vision: We seek to create spaces of friendship, activism, and spirituality for anyone disconnected from intentional spiritual community. That’s it. If someone is disconnected from intentional spiritual community, they are [Read More…]

Learn Biblical Greek | Tool #1: Online Immersion Style

In the next few posts, I plan to share about ways to learn Greek. Several tools, methods, resources, approaches, philosophies, etc. are out there that claim to be “the best.” I don’t think any way is “the best,” but the approaches I discuss will all be paths that I think can be extremely beneficial for [Read More…]

Moving Beyond Pentecost: Embracing a More Inclusive Charismatic Theology & Life

KURT NOTE: Today we have a guest contribution by Jeff Clarke, who has been a guest before. I’m always challenged by what he writes. This post is about the wind and fire of God… some Holy Ghost stuff… Read and offer feedback if you can! ——————————————————- For some time, I have struggled with the narrow [Read More…]

Story, Structure and Scripture: Reading the Bible in the 21st Century

KURT NOTE: The following is a guest post by Ryan Furlong. Deep stuff here! —————————————————————————– I suppose stories are vehicles for far more than we give them credit. Far from the typical plot diagram one’s high school English teacher delineated on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” or Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter—outlining the discrete plot [Read More…]

A Prayer from a Pacifist 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…]

Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church

A NOTE FROM KURT WILLEMS: This is a guest post from two anabaptist thinkers/practitioners who offer us some needed reflections on Christians engaging in politics. I hope you will read and consider picking up their book! ——————————————————————— Upon returning to his hometown of Nazareth from forty days of temptation in the desert, Jesus began his [Read More…]

Husbands, Crucify Your Privilege: Ephesians 5 & How Men Take the Lead

… 21 and submit to each other out of respect for Christ. 22 For example, wives should submit to their husbands as if to the Lord. 23 A husband is the head of his wife like Christ is head of the church, that is, the savior of the body. 24 So wives submit to their husbands in everything like the church submits [Read More…]

Between 2 Gods: A Memoir of Abuse in the Mennonite Community

KURT NOTE: What an honor to offer you this excerpt from the new book Between 2 Gods by my friend Trudy Metzger. Read and consider getting her book! ——————————– The mountains rise, tall and majestic, stretching into the skies and gracing the heavens—that place where God dwells. I pause from my play, a young preschooler, [Read More…]

Watershed Vade Mecum: Life Together, Open Call for Writing Submissions

KURT NOTE: This comes from my dear friends at Watershed Church in Kansas City!!!!! Writers, take note! ———————————————— Life is messy. It is full of surprises. Rather than taking the roads less traveled, alone, why not look for a tour guide and dare to ask some friends to join you for the adventure? Inspired by [Read More…]

God is Waiting on the Outside: Moving Beyond our Theological Boundaries in Pursuit of Jesus

KURT NOTE: Today we have a guest contribution by Jeff Clarke, who has been a guest before. I’m always challenged by what he writes. I hope you will be too… ——————————————————- “When we have our lives oriented on religious identity instead of in Jesus alone, we encounter a massive obstacle in our path.” – Benjamin [Read More…]

Politicized Christology in Christianized Politics: “Constantinianism” of “Right” and “Left”

This is a guest post to get us thinking about political discourse as Christians. Thanks to Darrin W. Snyder Belousek for this great guest submission! ———————————— In a recent essay at The Week, Damon Linker responds to several writers in First Things who lament the triumph of “secular liberalism” and the demise of “civic Christianity” in [Read More…]

Rethinking Hell Conference at Fuller Seminary

KURT: Whether you are a traditionalist, conditionalist, or believe in some form of universal reconciliation (or fall anywhere else on the hell spectrum of evangelical theology), the Rethinking Hell Conference would be awesome to attend. I think that we should be willing to listen to various views on theological issues so that we can sharpen [Read More…]