Ron Martoia on Reading and Living the Biblical Text

Here are some helpful videos on how we read and live the story of God, by Ron Martoia (who contributed to this blog). He has some great insights! Would love your feedback! [Read more...]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): Study & Resist the Urge [Day 2]

Yesterday was pretty much a normal day.  I had an appointment in the morning and spent the rest of the day studying. 2 realizations… 1) Studying at Starbucks sucks when it doesn’t involve a cup of coffee. 2) Peanut butter is going to get old as my source of protein. So, in the midst of [Read More...]

Why Both Sides of the Political Aisle Stink at Balancing the Budget

I am convinced that both the left and right in our political system stink at balancing the budget.  Here is a video that gives the best answer to the problem, using Oreo cookies.   What are your thoughts on this video?  What about the larger theory the video represents? [Read more...]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): Dust and Ashes [Day 1]

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Those are the words that were spoken over me by the priest, at the beautiful Anglican church my small group visited, as he administered the ash on my forehead last night. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” photo © [Read More...]

Why Jesus might be a Republi-demo-liber-green-peace and freed-O-crat

Recently there was a provocative article written by Phil Zuckerman and Dan Cady called: Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus. It would be easy for many to be up in arms about such an article, but maybe it takes a critique from the ‘outside’ to make us look honestly at our ‘inside.’ They state: “White Evangelical Christians [Read More...]

Simplicity in the Burbs: $2 a day for Lent (Introduction and an Opportunity for You)

I am picky. I hate most foods that could be considered healthy. In college, I ate Panda Express (Chinese fast food) for dinner almost every night and supplemented other meals with burgers and pizza. As a child, I would sit at my Grandpa’s dinner table for hours because I refused to eat my veggies. My [Read More...]

Orthodoxy and Exclusion (Guest Article, Alan Molineaux)

photo © 2010 Hartwig HKD | more info (via: Wylio)   Who has the right to say what is orthodox? Following the recent controversy regarding Rob Bell’s soon to be published book about the meaning and nature of hell, one commentator suggested that Bell should no longer be considered as an evangelical. Quite what difference [Read More...]

The End of Theological Discussion (Guest Post – Nathan McCorkindale)

photo © 2008 Navjot Pawera | more info (via: Wylio)   Some days I feel like calling for an end to all theological discussion.  I hate the way that theology spirals into nasty battles about whose got the corner market on truth. When I told my co-workers at a a steel manufacturing warehouse that I [Read More...]

Rob Bell Controversy – Your Questions, My Answers OR Why this is a Pastoral Issue!

The following questions are from my original response to Justin Taylor about Rob Bell’s new book: Love Wins. Why do you feel the need to defend Rob Bell? Let me be quite clear.  I do not feel the need to defend Rob in the way that some assume.  Do I like his books? Yes.  Do [Read More...]

If Rob Bell is a Universalist, then maybe I am – along with many prominent evangelicals? (A response to Justin Taylor)

UPDATE: After you read this original post, please also read the follow up post where I answer some important questions! ———— Have you ever been fed up?  Today, I am fed up. For the past couple of months I have been excited about the forthcoming release of Rob Bell’s latest book: Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, [Read More...]

Pharaoh's Way or the Way of YHWH? (God as the Just Judge)

Elmer Martens begins his discussion of the cult practices of Israel with Passover. Such an annual festival was explained with great detail, but the theology of such is left unattended (48). He expands his exploration of a theology of sacrifice by noting that ‘substitution’ as commonly understood is not the focal point as many assume [Read More...]

Growing Up Christian – Without Losing Faith or Brains (Guest Post: George Murphy)

It’s a pretty common story.  Someone grows up in a conservative Christian setting and is taught that Genesis gives the true account of creation and that evolution is false.  Then in high school or college the young Christian learns about evolution.  You’ve probably heard or met people who had that experience and reacted in one [Read More...]

Conversion is a Journey, NOT a Moment (well, at least for some) [The Example of Lauren Winner]

Lauren Winner, in her wonderful memoir, Girl Meets God, offers a wonderful perspective on what it means to convert to Christianity.  She is a former Orthodox Jew who embraced Jesus as Messiah in her young adult years.  In our conversionist evangelical culture, we often desire to have a single moment in time when we turned [Read More...]

Thanks to Rachel Held Evans and Digital Disciples

This weekend I was featured on two different sites.  First, I was part of Rachel Held Evans’ “Sunday Superlatives” which featured my Nonviolence 101 series.  A big thanks to her.  If you are here visiting from her site, welcome!  If you have not read her stuff, she is always creative and provocative. Also, I had [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Concluding Thoughts and Exhortations (part 9)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– Convinced of the theology of nonviolence, I have embraced the essence of my Anabaptist roots.  It would be arrogant to assume that my [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – 2 "What ifs" [Another Hitler or Someone Attacks Your Spouse/Child] (part 8)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– “What if…” #1 Without fail, there are two “what if” scenarios that always emerge when having this discussion with American friends.  The first [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Jesus is Irrational! [2 Myths - Christian Nation & Redemptive Violence] (part 7)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– Now that we have thoroughly explored a theology of nonviolence, based on the New Testament witness, we need to address the common hurdles [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Other Key Passages that Deal With Violence [White Horses, New Testament Soldiers, & Swords] (part 6)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– Now that we have looked at the two key texts in the New Testament that address the issue of nonviolence, there are other [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Submit to the Sword, but Do Not Carry One! [Romans 12-13] (part 5)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– Perhaps the most appealed to text in the New Testament to call into question any nonviolent readings of Jesus is Romans 13.  When [Read More...]


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