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…]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): Amazing Life, Amazing Wife! [Day 8]

Yesterday was pretty normal.  I went to work at the church (I am serving part time until I finish seminary) and then had a dentist appointment.  But, as I read many of the comments and emails from all of you yesterday, something became evident: You are all concerned about my health and eating practices. As [Read More…]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): A Day Behind [Days 6-7]

The past couple of days have felt dizzy and busy.  I missed my post yesterday and simply want to say that things are starting to get real. My biggest concern is that I am not getting as much protein as I probably need.  This is something I will need to be quite aware of. Well, [Read More…]

Initial Thoughts on Rob Bell Interview

As you know, I defended Rob as not a universalist from the beginning of the controversy. Based on his interview (still, having not read the book) here are my thoughts… Rob has a big vision of God’s love and grace.  He is convinced that God is not primarily a God of wrath, but of love [Read More…]

Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day): I Need Water, Lots and Lots of Water! [Days 3-5]

    Water.  Peanut butter.  Water.  Water.  Peanut butter.  Water.  Water. This pattern is consistent on almost a daily basis. Because I am not a big fan of beans, my default source of protein is the sticky, icky, ooey, gooey, paste of thickness of PB.  I like it, well at least in week one.  But [Read More…]

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…]