The Artistic Imagination and the Word: Reflections from Jim LePage (Woodland Hills Church-Graphic Artist)

  At the beginning of every year, I think about what types of changes or growth I’d like to see in my life over the next 12 months. Nearly every year, “reading the Bible more” is at the top of that list. For a long time, I’ve believed that the Bible is filled with wisdom [Read More…]

Calling All Blogger Friends – Help Me Create a New Blogroll

photo © 2007 Martin Stabe | more info (via: Wylio)   As I announced and you probably noticed, I moved my website from Dreamhost to Patheos last week. This move has already been quite fun for me. If you found my site as a result of my affiliation with Patheos, welcome! One thing that we [Read More…]

Dear Mars Hill Church… Concerns About Pastor Mark Driscoll

Many of us have been frustrated with some of the statements Mark Driscoll has been making lately.  One person who was bold enough to stand up, was my blogger friend: Rachel Held Evans.  Prompted by her post “Mark Driscoll is a Bully” and encouragement to email the church directly with our concerns about Pastor Mark’s [Read More…]

Sign My Petition for a Constitutional Amendment to Ban Divorce!

It’s time to ban divorce.  That’s right, I said it.  We need to protect the sanctity of marriage by following the New Testament teaching of Jesus that couples are not to divorce.  The days of Moses are over and marriage is too important to allow for anyone (unless there is provable adultery) to corrupt this [Read More…]

Why I Became An Ordained Roman Catholic Woman Priest – Even Though Vatican Says “No!” (Ann Penick)

On Saturday, June 4th, I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Baltimore, Maryland through the Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP). Their website is www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org. This is not an approved path with the Vatican nor with a number of the clerical hierarchy nor with 25% of the sitting-in-the-pew Roman Catholics. We will not leave the Church [Read More…]

God’s Chosen People and God’s Chosen Politics?

photo © 2008 uhuru1701 | more info (via: Wylio) Recently, President Obama made some comments about restoring the pre-1967 borders to Israel.  This led to quite an uproar in the Jewish community and in among Zionist Fundamentalist Christian groups.  Much of the alliance that the church in America has had with Israel, comes from the [Read More…]

Dear Reader: Pangea Moving to Patheos!

Dear Reader… In a great turn of events, I’ve been invited to move to Patheos as a hosted blogger for their network.  This is really exciting for multiple reasons. The chance to collaborate with some excellent bloggers who belong to this network.  I will be part of two Patheos portals, both the evangelical and progressive [Read More…]

What does science tell us about our soul? (Eric McClellan)

The study of quantum mechanics is one that stretches the mind beyond its capacity. The famous American physicist, Richard Feynman once said, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.”1 This is a field that has revolutionized the way that scientists view the world. Through the study of quantum mechanics, physicists have [Read More…]

The Devil Repents In Venice Beach (The "What if…" of all "What ifs")

What if… What if the devil repented?  He said that his reign of rebellion was all false.  The angelic host he influenced through devilish propaganda false.  Corruption of humanity and all of God’s creation – a mistake.  Would he and the demonic forces of evil have a second chance?  This is a question I’ve often [Read More…]

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro

Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too;  great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of [Read More…]

What Good Does It Do When Christians Are Offended? (Dale Best)

The talk in some circles of American Christianity this week is what NBC did, or rather didn’t do, this past Sunday afternoon during their US Open broadcast. Because the golf tournament was held in Washington, DC, the network put together a short montage of patriotic clips with an audio byte that included a reading of [Read More…]

Third Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire (Justin Bronson Barringer)

The early Christians had a funny notion that their lives were to be the primary argument for the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. They lived peculiar lives, radically different from the surrounding society. What happens though, when society co-opts the language, symbols and rituals of the church? The society may be quite religious, but that religion [Read More…]

Hitler, Prayer, and the Sovereignty of God (Greg Boyd)

What are your thoughts on Greg Boyd’s view of God, the future, evil, and sovereignty? [Read more…]

Just Jesus and Unjust July 4th – Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day (Annual Unpopular Post)

photo © 2009 Alessandro Valli | more info (via: Wylio) Guys can be stupid.  Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially.  Such was the case every 4th of July during High school.  A group of about 20 guys would get together to BBQ and play with illegal fireworks.  At any unsuspected [Read More…]

An Anglican and a Charismatic walk into a bar… ("Friendly Friday" – Ryan VanderHelm)

  Big thanks to Ryan VanderHelm, who after connecting on Facebook, we figured out we lived in the same town!  A radical for Jesus and a brotha in the Lord.  Here are his thoughts… _________ Among Christian churches, you would be hard pressed to find two as different as the Anglican church and Charismatic church. [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on His (Future) Deathbed… Thoughts for His Children on Jesus

  Beautifully said! Thoughts? [Read more…]

You Might Be an Evangelical Reject If… (Rejects – Readers’ Edition)

Over the past two weeks this post has gotten so much attention that I had to share with you some of my favorite responses. Here is what you said to answer this sentence: You might be an Evangelical reject if… …if you hear the word “Patriotism” and you think “idolatry.” (Dan Martin) …you listen to [Read More…]

I’m Quitting Facebook to Join Faithbook Because My WWJD Bracelet Told Me To

The end of the age has come.  No, not the rapture, but the end of Facebook.  There I said it… finished.  As of today, I am shutting down all Facebook communication. “Why?” you ask.  I’ll gladly answer. I’m convinced that the God revealed in Jesus desires that Christians avoid becoming convoluted by the world.  We [Read More…]

Exploding a "Love-mine" Amidst Oppression In Burma (Rachel Ryon)

  As I sat in the bed of the mud-splattered truck driven by a Burmese man who called himself “James Bond,” I made the last part of the journey to a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border with a very palpable nervous anticipation. This was a last-minute, only semi-planned trip – and I quickly realized [Read More…]