Floaties, High Dives, and Spiritual Questions: Is the Church a "Safe Place?"

photo © 2007 Paul Sapiano | more info (via: Wylio)   On the last day of school we had a pool party at a friend’s house celebrating our graduation from the fourth grade.  Of course, every one of my friends knew that I could not swim and so the teasing caught the ear of the [Read More...]

15 Ways to Love Your Neighbors (Guest Post: Jason Dye)

photo © 2007 Brian | more info (via: Wylio)   One could argue (and many have. Trust me) that the bible is filled with commandments, limitations, laws. Things that we are meant to do and not to do. In fact, when most people think of the bible and church, they’re sure that’s what it’s all [Read More...]

De-Sanitizing the Resurrection

photo © 2008 Andrew Bossi | more info (via: Wylio)   There was a moment in my life that I had to make a choice.  Would I listen to my older cousin or would I do what was right? It was Easter and I was six.  All of the grandkids were sent upstairs into the [Read More...]

What's Water Worth To You? (Guest post: Dan Martin)

This Lent money raised on this blog will go to Blood: Water Mission to provide clean water in Africa.  We only have a few days left and are not yet to 50% of our $200 goal!!!!  Please consider giving a few dollars Here.  Also, please re-post this and promote our cause on FB and Twitter!!!! [Read More...]

Snot Rags That Heal: The Gap Between my Life and the Strangeness of the New Testament

There are strange stories in the New Testament. Sometimes, when I come across them, I am almost surprised. For instance, there is one situation that arises when a guy named Agibus takes off his belt and ties it around Paul’s ankles and hands to let Paul know of a coming imprisonment. There is another story [Read More...]

Why Hell Still Matters

I have been doing some thinking about hell lately and find the debate interesting. Some believe in a traditional view of hell with literal flames. Others see the flames as an image or metaphor for suffering torment, believing that fire itself will not be the source of eternal suffering, but separation from God will be. [Read More...]

Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women

If you are a regular reader of the Pangea Blog, you already know that I am an outspoken egalitarian.  I believe that when women are not given the same opportunities as men, that we actually can unintentionally hinder the body of Christ.  Women ought to be free to exercise their gifts of leadership, apostleship, preaching, [Read More...]

Bare Feet, Parvo, and Simplicity ($2 a Day: 17-30)

    When we got our first Dog, Sadie, I had quite the learning curve.  One thing I didn’t realize when she came into our home as a young pup is that she would not be able to go on long walks or to the dog park for the first couple of month.  This is [Read More...]

Questioning God (Guest post – Alan Molineaux)

During a recent theological debate with a friend, who had declared their Calvinist credentials, I was struck by a particular sentiment that all but ended our conversation. It seems that we human beings are not allowed to question God. In raising issues about God’s character I was, apparently, in danger of being blasphemous. In doing [Read More...]

Embracing the Darkness – Jonah Message

Here is a sermon I gave last Sunday on the book of Jonah, specifically chapter 2.  Would love to hear your thoughts! Peace! Jonah 2 – Embracing the Darkness (Sermon) from Kurt Willems on Vimeo. [Read more...]

When Beliefs Become Idols (Quote to Ponder: Tim Keller)

        While I was working on some research for the book of Jonah, I came across a quote that is worthy of pondering.  It makes me wonder if we in the religious community, on both the right left and center are making idols out of our theological convictions?  With all of the [Read More...]

"Failure Reminds us of Grace During Lent," Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day) [Day 15-16]

Failure.  I failed.  It was unintentionally, but nevertheless, I failed.  My goal for Lent has been to stay under $2 a day with my food and any extra expenses that may come up.  And yesterday when I hit the auto-sum button on my Excel spreadsheet, I realized I had topped the scales by $0.08.  I [Read More...]

How Much More? [Brief Reflections on Rob Bell] (Guest Post: Alan Molineaux)

‘How much more…….?’ In the midst of all the conversation hitting twitterland about the Rob Bell book and the conservative evangelical backlash it is illuminating to see how much of what is being said reveals what Christians believe about God. This is, of course, what Rob Bell calls ‘the question behind the question’. Or perhaps [Read More...]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): “Creativity is Awakened!” [Day 14]

They say that if you put yourself into unfamiliar situations, that this is when creativity is birthed. As I am in the midst of eating and doing life with $2 a day, I am noticing that new creativity in the kitchen is happening. On a usual day, I would see eggs, rice, and salsa in [Read More...]

The God who Suffers in Japan

The history of our world is the history of our suffering together.  Every act of evil extracts a tear from God, every plunge into anguish extracts a sob from God.  But the history of our world is the history of our deliverance together.  God’s work to release himself from his suffering is his work to [Read More...]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): "Being Simple Brings Families Together" [Days 10-13]

So it is four days later since I wrote last.  I have a couple of highlights that I think are worth mentioning, particularly about my marriage.   What a wonderful wife I have that she would want to partner with me in this $2 experiment.  I cannot tell you how much I love her….  Ok, [Read More...]

HELL AND DEATH OR ETERNAL LIFE (Guest Post by Author: Edward Fudge)

Here is a guest article that will make you think.  I am not endorsing this as the Biblical view (although it is quite compelling), but as one of many views of hell that is consistent with evangelicalism. ————————————————— With all the fuss and furor flying around us about hell, I have some good news: Everything [Read More...]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): Thanks! [Day 9]

Thanks to everyone who gave me encouragement about food and my anniversary yesterday.  My wife and I had a simple day and I wrote her a simple letter that I hid in her car while she was at work.  She teared up… so I guess it was good Here is a list of what I [Read More...]

Towards a Biblical Theology of Final Judgment – A Quote to Ponder (Jon Isaak)

  Recently I interviewed Anabaptist / evangelical theologian, Jon Isaak about his new book, New Testament Theology: Extending the Table.  He has a great quote that is worth pondering as evangelicals seek to discern the essentials and nonessentials regarding hell and judgment.  He states: All four of these scenarios of the final judgment are interpretations [Read More...]


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