Dear Reader… Deconstructing Religion – Moving Beyond "in" & "out"

Dear Reader… Growing up, I was taught that there are certain ‘things’ that a person has to do to earn favor with God. Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t watch certain movies… don’t! In other words, a large part of Christian discipleship was focused on the negation of ‘things’ rather than the freedom that comes from [Read More...]

Video Interview: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, pt 5 (First steps for those interested in New Monasticism?)

I recently had the opportunity to chat via Skype with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.  We discuss everything from his story, to the New Monasticism Movement, to his latest book: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture.”  He is also the author of: “God’s Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel,” “New Monasticism: What it [Read More...]

Video Interview: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, pt 4 (New book – Wisdom of Stability)

I recently had the opportunity to chat via Skype with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.  We discuss everything from his story, to the New Monasticism Movement, to his latest book: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture.”  He is also the author of: “God’s Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel,” “New Monasticism: What it [Read More...]

Video Interview: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, pt 3 (A Day in the Life of a New Monastic)

I recently had the opportunity to chat via Skype with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.  We discuss everything from his story, to the New Monasticism Movement, to his latest book: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture.”  He is also the author of: “God’s Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel,” “New Monasticism: What it [Read More...]

Quote to Ponder: Is Giving to Charity the Easy Way Out? Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on the following quote.  It has been challenging to me for over a year now!  I understand that pulling anything out of its larger context leaves some gaps.  My hope is that you will not feel a “judgmental” vibe coming through what these New Monastic [Read More...]

Video Interview: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, pt 2 (What is New Monasticism?)

I recently had the opportunity to chat via Skype with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.  We discuss everything from his story, to the New Monasticism Movement, to his latest book: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture.”  He is also the author of: “God’s Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel,” “New Monasticism: What it [Read More...]

Choosing To Trust in Times of Doubt: Sermon (Kurt)

Choosing To Trust in Times of Doubt: Sermon (Kurt) Here is a sermon that I gave this past weekend on the issue of doubt and trust.  It includes be falling off of the stage backwards Many of you have asked, so I thought I’d share this sermon with all of you! *PS – I make [Read More...]

Video Interview: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ("New Monasticism" author), pt 1

I recently had the opportunity to chat via Skype with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.  We discuss everything from his story, to the New Monasticism Movement, to his latest book: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture.”  He is also the author of: “God’s Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel,” “New Monasticism: What it [Read More...]

Scrapping the Offering from our Worship Gatherings (Guest Post: Al Molineaux)

What a cool thing it is to connect with so many people, from so many places, and with so many perspectives.  I want to hear from others, about how God is at work in their own theological, philosophical, cultural, and social ethics journey.  For contribution opportunities, go here.  I personally do not endorse everything that [Read More...]

Liberating Women for Ministry! part 5 (Closing Thoughts)

UPDATE: I ACCIDENTALLY POSTED PART 5 BEFORE PART 4! PLEASE READ PART 4 FIRST IF YOU CAN OR GO BACK AND READ IT! This is a series about women in ministry.  I have found that in most evangelical circles, women who are in ministry do not have the same opportunities as men.  Why is this?  [Read More...]

Dear Critics of my Sojo July 4th Article: An Open Letter to Mark Tooley and Others

The following is an open letter to Mark Tooley and others who have criticized my Sojourners Article about the 4th of July.  Mark is the president of the “Institute on Religion and Democracy” (where his reflection on my article is posted) and also writes for “The American Spectator.” See either link for the relevant article. [Read More...]

Liberating Women for Ministry? part 4 (Bridging the gap from 'then' to 'now')

UPDATE: I ACCIDENTALLY POSTED PART 5 FIRST AND PART 4 SECOND. HOPEFULLY YOU READ THIS POST FIRST AND THEN MOVE ON TO PART 5. BLESSINGS! This is a series about women in ministry.  I have found that in most evangelical circles, women who are in ministry do not have the same opportunities as men.  Why [Read More...]

Liberating Women for Ministry? part 3 (The Whole of Scripture)

This is a series about women in ministry.  I have found that in most evangelical circles, women who are in ministry do not have the same opportunities as men.  Why is this?  It comes from a deep seeded belief that core leadership of a biblical church is found in men alone.  Women are equal in [Read More...]

Liberating Women for Ministry? part 2 (Key Texts)

This is a series about women in ministry.  I have found that in most evangelical circles, women who are in ministry do not have the same opportunities as men.  Why is this?  It comes from a deep seeded belief that core leadership of a biblical church is found in men alone.  Women are equal in [Read More...]

Philemon: Forgiveness that Leads to Reconciliation, part 5 (New Possibilites!)

What follows is a manuscript from a sermon I have preached on a few occasions.  I walk through the whole book of Philemon.  Love to have you follow along in this series.  My prayer is that it will inspire you to “forgive as you have been forgiven…” The rest of the 5 part series is [Read More...]

Liberating Women for Ministry? part 1 (Key Texts)

This is a series about women in ministry.  I have found that in most evangelical circles, women who are in ministry do not have the same opportunities as men.  Why is this?  It comes from a deep seeded belief that core leadership of a biblical church is found in men alone.  Women are equal in [Read More...]

The Air 'Up There' OR The Air 'Down Here?' A Word Study in 1 Thessalonians 4.17 (rapture?)

Word Study, 1 Thessalonians 4.17 Below is a Word Study that I did based on 1 Thessalonians 4.17.  What is interesting to me is how it reinforced my belief that the “rapture” as it is popularly understood (Jesus secretly returns to extract believers from earth to heaven for eternity) is completely unwarranted.  If you choose [Read More...]

Bondage, Faith, and Liberation: White-Middle-Class Reflections on the African American Struggle

As I look at my own religious tradition and begin to contemplate the book titled, Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans, by Albert J. Raboteau; it would be easy for me to say that this book does not relate to my experiences at all.  I am a middle class white person of Mennonite [Read More...]

A Personal Post: Remembering My Grandpa (a sermon)

This is a sermon I gave yesterday at my Grandpa’s funeral.  He was an amazing man of God and after reading this you will know why… _____________________________________________________ Life is a Journey – The Legacy of Corny Penner It was a day that would define the rest of my life.  From the broom-shop (our family trade) [Read More...]


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