Views of the Cross and Asian American Mission

I want to invite you to read a quick pdf file that is titled: Why Penal Substitution Doesn’t Work with Asian-Americans, by Mako Nagasawa.  This will take you maybe five minutes but is completely worth it.  If you don’t, the rest of this post may not make complete sense. A disclaimer I should start with [Read More...]

When Fish With Legs Are Eaten By Jesus (or) Are Culture Wars Good, Bad, or Both?

I remember the first time I saw a Jesus fish.  It really didn’t make sense to me.  Why is Jesus represented by a fish?  The only fish I know about was from the flannel-graph story of Jonah and the whale. But then someone told me the story about how in the early church the fish [Read More...]

The Idol of Politics (Guest Contribution, Robert Anthony Martin)

Here is a guest contribution from a good friend in the blogosphere, Robert Anthony Martin. He is from the Mennonite tradition and brings some much needed perspective in this article. We do not always disagree about American politics (and in fact there are some big gaps between us in this regard), but we are both [Read More...]

An Anthem for Nonviolence: "White Flag Warrior" by Flobots

One of my favorite bands is the Flobots.  They speak from a progressive Christian perspective on issues of politics and justice.  While I do not agree with them all of the time, the overall theme of their music is one I resonate deeply with.  The following song, which features Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), is called [Read More...]

Fired for Attending a Rob Bell Conference, but then…

Yesterday I listened to Rob Bell’s sermon from two weeks ago called: “The Village Elder.”  He takes almost an hour to expound a robust theology of aging while remaining fresh and innovative for the kingdom.  I cannot recommend this particular sermon enough! In this talk, Rob tells of a story from a year ago July [Read More...]

Islamic Cultural Center and Fundamentalists Christian Exegetes of the Koran

In the past weeks, we have heard everything from: pastors having Koran burning ceremonies (source: James-Michael Smith), to Christians being up in arms about an Islamic Cultural Center being built near “Ground Zero” (source: Chad Holtz). I can understand why fear has gripped many within the American church and why some concerns about ‘radical Islam’ [Read More...]

The Worship Industry (Brian McLaren)

I was at Derek Webb’s blog and came across this Youtube video by Brian McLaren on worship.  Check it out and let me know – What is Brian’s thesis? and  Is it true? [Read more...]

Amazing Video on Human Empathy as First Impulse (Science)

This is an interesting video. Not sure I agree with every nuance, but wow… some useful perspective. Not sure that I consider religion a “fiction” but that is beyond the point. Any thoughts?… Also, check out my friend, Jonathan Brink’s blog where he explores this in a bit more detail! [Read more...]

When Health Care Reform has a Face and a Name

Isaiah the prophet sees God’s ultimate dream for health care when the new creation is completed: “No more shall there be…an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime (Isaiah 65:20).”  Over the past year, our nation has been polarized over the issue of health [Read More...]

Liberating Women For Ministry (Summary Article @ Throw Mountains)

Hey friends!  I wanted to point your attention to an article I wrote for Throw Mountains, blog.  It is on the subject of women in ministry and is a condensed version of my series, “Liberating Women for Ministry.”  Also, you should know that this is a great blog to frequent as many gifted writers are [Read More...]

Biggness, Smallness, and the Image of God – Reflections on God as Creator, part 3

Now, lets think about the life of Jesus.  How does he have to say about us in our smallness?  There is one episode in the Gospel of Luke that gives us something to ponder about our role as image-bearers.  Luke 20.20 starts the story: 20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who [Read More...]

Augustine, Evolution, and Two Books

Although I tend to disagree with St. Augustine on several issues, he paid us a great debt through his concept of the “Two Books.”  He held that we ought to approach the quest for knowledge by holding together the two sacred forms of revelation that God has given to humanity: the Book of Scripture and [Read More...]

Biggness, Smallness, and the Image of God – Reflections on God as Creator, part 2

Lets read the climatic part of this creation poem* (Genesis 1) that as we said earlier is picked up by Psalm 8: 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over [Read More...]

Watch This… I Laughed So Hard I Cried!!!!! (Antoine Dodson, Web Sensation)

I want to introduce you to internet sensation Antoine Dodson.  His videos will make your heart smile!  Now, the reason behind this original news story is sad, but what came out of it is quite possibly the most hilarious thing you will see all month.  Take five minutes or so and watch the three following [Read More...]

Biggness, Smallness, and the Image of God – Reflections on God as Creator, part 1

When we consider how incredibly vast the universe really is, we become confronted by two realities simultaneously: our smallness, and God’s bigness.  In comparison to the size of everything that God has caused into existence (my life, my story…your life, your story) is very, very small.  On the flip-side, if we consider that the size [Read More...]

So, What's The Story Anyway? A Brief Intro to Narrative Theology

Many of you have probably heard language on this blog and in the Christian-world about narrative or storied approaches to the bible.  In my previous post, I have equipped you with some tools to dig into and “enter” this conversation.  I encourage you to read through these books one by one because it will lay [Read More...]

Entering the… "Understanding the Bible as Story" Conversation

Today I want to simply create a list of resources that in my opinion, could help someone enter into the “understanding the Bible as Story” conversation.  Now I do not want to claim that this list is complete or as immaculate as the Virgin Mary, but I do want to suggest that these resources are [Read More...]

Dear Reader… Deconstructing Religion, part 2 (A conversation between friends)

Yesterday I posted my “Dear Reader… Deconstructing Religion– Moving Beyond in and out” and have had multiple responses.  Mostly positive, but one that was a bit skeptical made me realize that I ought to give you a bit more context on the concept of Centered vs Bounded sets in ethics.  My exploration of this was [Read More...]

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...]


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