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...]

Rob Bell & Oprah talk about what they talk about when they talk about God

I know that many of my friends hate the idea of “Christian celebrities.” I totally get it – although I’m less critical. Rob Bell finds himself in a situation where he can speak to the broader culture. I believe that this is a gift, one that he has for the most part wielded responsibly. His [Read More...]

Books that leaders in our church plant will read

As most of you know, I recently moved to Seattle to lead a church plant. We have a fabulous Core Team and Launch Team… one that continues to grow in depth and relational connections. What’s fun is seeing the surprising ways in which God is already at work in our church. [check out our website: [Read More...]

Shane Claiborne speaking at The Justice Conference

Any time Shane speaks – I listen… Shane Claiborne from The Justice Conference on Vimeo. [Read more...]

If Jesus is a pansy, I want to be one too – Reflections on Christlikeness

Recently a pastor wrote an article about why God is not a pacifist. Not only so, he argued that Jesus (the “God-human”) is also not a pacifist and never taught such. He went on to claim that Jesus wasn’t a “pansy,”[1] as though being a pacifist equates one to this derogatory title. [Note: I, personally [Read More...]

Life-changing books: The New Testament For Everyone by NT Wright

As a pastor of a young church plant, I’ve been spending some time reflecting of the various influences that have shaped my approach to ministry and faith. I can sum up a huge influence with one word: BOOKS. Not that books are the only thing that I have learned from, but that they have been a companion on my journey of pastoral and [Read More...]

Greg Boyd on the Power of Prayer

The power of prayer is discussed in this clip, specifically the stories of how God has been at work at Woodland Hills. [Read more...]

First Nations Version of the Bible: Check this out!

Check out this new translation that is being put together to reach out to native american peoples. Terry M. Wildman is putting together a paraphrase that seeks to: “…retell, in the tradition of the oral cultures, the story of the Bible. In doing so, I draw on the 15 years of experience I share in relationship [Read More...]


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