Lost World of Genesis One – A visual introduction (Video Resource)

This week I had the opportunity to present the main ideas of John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: ancient cosmology and the origins debate to my Old Testament Theology classmates.  I had a wonderful time talking about Genesis 1 and evolution issues and thought I’d share some of the slides with you.  I [Read More...]

Extending the Table – New Testament Theology by Jon Isaak (An Interview with the Author)

I am excited about this new book by personal friend and professor, Jon Isaak.  He is an EXCELLENT teacher of the Scriptures and interacts with the most current scholarship.  I encourage you to give this interview a read and consider purchasing the book!  – Kurt 1) What is your background academically? My formal academic training [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 4): Inclusive

A fourth value of biblical leadership within the church is that of being inclusive.  To summarize: “There are no prerequisites to grace and love.”  This value goes hand in hand with all of the others and could have very easily been a sub-category of missional or community, but in my opinion this is one that [Read More...]

The Problem: Cars That Break Down (an analogy for narrative theology)

Out of all the bad luck that I have been dealt in my life, the worst is evidenced in the mechanical malfunction of cars.  Its as though they break down to mock me.  Maybe you have had similar experiences.  For the sake of analogy, lets assume that a brand new car is designed in such [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 3): Creativity (I get a bit charismatic here)

The third value that I want to explore that is relevant both to the church and to her leaders is creativity.  To summarize this value we could say: “Spirituality unleashes the prophetic imagination.”  The more connected the church and her leaders are to God, the more that imaginative possibilities can prophetically be revealed to our [Read More...]

Rob Bell's First Sermon Ever

I am greatly indebted to Rob Bell.  Many people think he is ‘bad’ or a heretic, but I say show me this so-called heresy from a credible source and maybe… just maybe I will listen.  Because when I hear Rob I hear an Anabaptist.  So, if choosing to not be Reformed by preaching from an [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 2): Community

The second value that is important to both the local church and to her leaders is community.  This is another word that has multiple meanings for various groups, so I want to offer the following summary: “Authentic relationships guided by love can change the world.” The values of community and missional fit together perfectly.  It [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 1): Missional

The bible is full of helpful character traits that could easily be confused with core values for leadership.  Being kind, compassionate, wise, or a servant; are all examples of these.  Rather than looking at various characteristics of a leadership in the bible, I want to suggest that a Christian leader is invited to derive her [Read More...]

11:11 for 2011 Book Giveaway Contest Results!

I want to thank all of you who participated in this contest.  It really helped me to continue to get the word out about this blog and the conversations I love being a part of on Facebook!  What a blessing it is to be a facilitator of Christ-centered dialogue!  Also, I believe that God is [Read More...]

End Times Board Game and Unbiblical Madness

(thanks to Michael Morrell for showing me this via FB *Also note that “madness” is not to suggest the insanity of the good folks who hold to the view being critiqued, but to the “madness” of playing a board game ) I am personally saddened that this is a real commercial by wonderful Christian folks [Read More...]

What is the Core Message of the New Testament?

This past semester I was in a Biblical Theology class at Fresno Pacific University’s Biblical Seminary.  We were challenged to write out what we believe to be the central message of the New Testament and to refine it throughout the semester, while keeping it under 100 words.  If you read this blog regularly, you know [Read More...]

11:11 for 2011 (Easy Book Giveaway Contest!)

11:11… this has been a haunting number in my life for the past 5 years.  Most of my college friends can attest to this.  It is a number that I see on the clock at the oddest moments.  For instance, I have seen it on my phone three times in a row, completely without intention [Read More...]

Jesus is a Liberal Democrat (Colbert Report)

Here is a video that I just had to share.  It is a bit sarcastic, but that is the point of this comical genius.  Check it out and then come back and give me your thoughts! The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jesus Is a Liberal Democrat www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes [Read More...]

Rediscovering the Lost World of Genesis One (Best Interpretation I’ve Seen!)

The most convincing interpretation of the passage at hand is found in John Walton’s, The Lost World of Genesis One.  After reading this book, my view of the chapter has evolved.  I am going to attempt to summarize Walton’s perspective, but would strongly urge you to read his prolific book in its entirety.  His basic [Read More...]

Thrift Store Theology (Guest Post: Megan)

I write about trash. Yup; I do. It’s the thing that makes me the happiest. When I was a kid, I saved containers that smelled good, like cinnamon bottles and other spices, and kept them in my closet. When I felt sad, I’d get them out, sit on the ground, and smell them. Smell is [Read More...]

When a Poor Baby in a Manger Overthrows the Empire

Many would consider the Roman Empire one of the greatest civilizations in history.  In regard to the New Testament, the story of early Christianity finds its setting under the shadow of a meta-narrative[1] that dominated most of the Mediterranean world and even beyond.  Caesar Augustus is the earliest figure of the Roman Empire that the [Read More...]

All Out War (Partnering with the God who is "gathering up all things!"), part 5

Today, I want to make some “big picture” observations about the Armor of God… 1. The weapons are not literal but meant to capture the reader/hearer’s imagination to understand the great resources of God at our disposal 2. The armor metaphor comes from mostly the book of Isaiah, and partially from the average Roman soldier [Read More...]

God’s Story, Our Stories, the Intersection of New Creation (A sermon on Domestic Violence)

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  (Gen. 1.31a) The Scriptures begin with the declaration that God created the cosmos, and called it “very good.”  Unfortunately, many of us do not experience the goodness of God’s world on a regular basis because the goodness of creation has been overshadowed by [Read More...]

WikiLeaks and Pro-Life?

WikiLeaks has been one of the political issues dominating our news and radio in the last couple of weeks.  Almost daily, I hear this issue being discussed in my casual car rides while I listen to NPR. Interestingly, there are two basic opinions about the cables that are being released.  There is one side of [Read More...]


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