Was Paul a Sexist? NT Wright explains…

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Baby Jesus meek and mild, overthrew an empire – Wild!

 *A version of this article was originally posted on Dec 20, 2010 Baby Jesus Meek and Mild // Pray for me an Orphan Child // Be my strength, be my friend // Be with me until the end Perhaps you remember this prayer from childhood that kids would say around Christmas time. Well, kids… buckle [Read More...]

Defining Sin in a Better Way: Shalom Disrupted

In this post, I want to briefly look at the issue of “sin.” It’s a word that many of us feel uncomfortable using as it has been utilized in ways that lean into legalism. With that said, it is a biblical concept so we do well not to simply throw it out. In order to [Read More...]

Time to take the seX out of se-Xmas

*** This is a piece I wrote a couple of years back. I hope it still makes sense, even if the references are a bit dated… Then one foggy Sex-mas Eve, Victoria came to say: Consumer with your eyes so wide, buy this bra and panties tonight. Twenty-year-old young women wearing unmentionables stare into the [Read More...]

Liturgical-Anabaptist-Friendly Resources for Advent & a New Christian Year

As many of you who read my blog already know, I’m an Anabaptist pastor/writer. But, you probably also know that I’m quite liturgical in my spirituality – something not as common among folks from my historical tradition. I’ve reflected on why I consider myself a Liturgical-Anabaptist in the past (start here), but in short this [Read More...]

Why the Psalms Matter – Even the Violent Ones

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of listening to N.T. Wright speak about the Psalms at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. One of his recent books, The Case for the Psalms: Why they are Essential, served as the catalyst for this conversational presentation. First, a favorite phrase from the evening: [Read More...]

Armed with the Weapon of Peace

*Written by Joey LeTourneau Peace is my weapon.  It could be yours too.  In a world where we seldom find peace as often as many of us would like; that same world could be finding peace within us. It seems to me that “peace” can carry a lot of misconceptions, many of which prevent us [Read More...]

A doom-and-gloom board game trumps the good news of Christ’s return

[Kurt's Note: This is a slightly revised version of blog post I wrote a few years back. I thought of it after hearing that a new Left Behind movie (featuring Nicolas Cage and Chad Michael Murray) will be coming to theaters in 2014. These are some basic reflections (which, if I had started from scratch, [Read More...]

Gospel Patrons – the people behind the people who change the world (generous givers)

Imagine sitting on a plane – especially if you travel alone. Who will be your seatmate? Will that person smell? Require too much legroom? Be quiet? Or, will they be a new friend? On a flight from Seattle to OC last month, I was pleasantly surprised. My seatmate and I clicked right away. Both followers [Read More...]

Female Bishops: Good for the Anglican Church! (moving a biblical direction)

From Huffington Post: CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England’s governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this time next year. Meeting in London on Wednesday (Nov. 20), the church’s General Synod passed a motion by 378-8, with 25 abstentions, that paves the way for the endorsement [Read More...]

Life-Changing Books: Surprised by Hope

Many of you know that I’ve partnered with Logos Bible Software to give away a collection of 36 N.T. Wright books (enter contest here). I feel like I run the risk of overkill, but I want to let you know about one book in that collection that literally can change a person’s life: Surprised by [Read More...]

Being “confident enough” to follow Jesus: apologetics, doubt, and the idol of certainty

Those of us who find ourselves in post-conservative/emerging/semi-progressive/Anabaptist circles prefer to make that foundation the person of Jesus Christ. The way in which the Bible is (or isn’t) inspired by the Holy Spirit, then, is a secondary concern. [Read more...]

“Batkid” – Best Make a Wish Foundation Moment, ever!

This seriously fulfilled my childhood dreams (Batman or Ninja Turtle). Yes, I know… myth of redemptive violence… Kurt you’re a pacifist… blah blah. But, come on folks, this is cool! [Read more...]

Sermon Prep: a couple hours, half the work week, or more?

Editor’s Note: If you are reading this, you are probably interested in preaching. As such, I hope I can simply point you towards our great NT Wright Logos book giveaway (we are giving away a collection of 36 books!). Enter here! ——————————————————– It’s always interesting to hear about various pastor’s methods for sermon preparation. Two [Read More...]

N.T. Wright on How to Study the Bible

Yes, friends, this is the month of N.T. Wright :-). You may have heard that we are giving away a set of N.T. Wright books in partnership with Logos Bible Software (36 total books!). Even if you have some of these books already, having them in a digital format makes them an even more valuable research tool… especially the [Read More...]

Win 36 N.T. Wright books from Kurt Willems & Logos! (Easy to enter)

As most of you know, N.T. Wright is one of the most influential theological voices in my life. His work on Jesus, Paul, and the New Testament in general are unmatched in their scholarly voice and pastoral sensitivity. One of the coolest things about Wright is the volume at which he puts out books. What [Read More...]

Pangea Communities and Mars Hill Compared (David Warkentin)

Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from the Praxis Urban Discipleship program at Columbia Bible College. I love what this program represents: a year of urban theology and practice with the intention of creating space for students to discern their futures. Great stuff! David Warkentin, a fellow Anabaptist, runs [Read More...]

Abraham, Evil, and Unsettling Faith (Mark Moore)

Mark Moore is a personal friend. He’s a consistent source of encouragement and wisdom. He’s also a great preacher. Check out this clip to get a feel for his style and then check out the whole sermon if you have time… Link to full sermon. Also, check out his sermon “Church at the Feet of [Read More...]

Is N.T. Wright right about Paul or is John Piper? – The continuing debate

Anyone who enjoys quality theological inquiry can’t get enough of N.T. Wright. Readers of this blog know that I’ve been highly influenced by his teachings on Jesus, Paul, the early church, and new creation. Wright’s new book, which is volume 4 in his Christian Origins and the Question of God series, is called: Paul and the [Read More...]


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