The Beautiful Risk of Calling God our “Father” – reflections from a young dad

Lately I’ve reflected on the way we use language to describe God. Naming God as “Father” is normal to me. I worship the God revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – as spoken of in the creeds, texts, and liturgies of the Church. At the same time, I recognize that God-proper, often referred to [Read More...]

Free eBook: Evolution & Scripture are NOT Mutually Exclusive – Ham & Nye are both wrong

Most folks probably know that Ken Ham and Bill Nye just debated the origins of the earth. Ham, a youth earth creationist, and Nye (the science guy), an atheist, demonstrated that the old dichotomy remains in some segments of culture: the bible and science are incompatible. This is a false dichotomy – one that prompted [Read More...]

The Reconciliation of LGBTQ vs. Chick Fil A – why I stayed silent and the beauty of hospitality

It’s no secret that I have advocated that the church stay out of marriage (in regards to imposing a “Christianized” version on the government). There should be no qualms about allowing people who love each other to marry one another under the law, especially when a marriage is ratified by a pagan state. This has no [Read More...]

A Liturgical-Anabaptist Worship Gathering: our “worship script” from last sunday

Many people often ask me about how Pangea Communities: a movement of peace, justice, & hope is able to be both Anabaptist and liturgical. What does this look like practically? Although we are still figuring this stuff out, I thought I’d share with you our “worship script” from last Sunday. You will notice that we [Read More...]

What a “Missional Community” is and isn’t: understanding the basics

In what follows, I’m sharing with you what I shared with our church plant Core Team last night. The following outline describes what a “Missional Community” is and what it isn’t. Now, I’m using this language for our context, so I’m not claiming to have the corner on the MC market (so to speak). Also, [Read More...]

The Modern Magnificat: stories of women called to ministry

As you are well aware, I am an egalitarian when it comes to gender roles in the church and home. I’ve written about it numerous times. What I want to make you aware of is a great book that has compiled stories of modern women following their calls into the pastorate (and other ministry professions). [Read More...]

Where I disagree with N.T. Wright: Paul, Soldiers, & Leaving Violent Professions Behind

Recently, an edition of “Ask N.T. Wright” was release via his Facebook Page. One of the questions that got asked had to do with Paul’ approach to Christian converts in the military. The question was: Question 2 from Joshua Gillies: “What would Paul say to a Christian serving in the military?” I’ve always known that [Read More...]

What if Bonhoeffer really didn’t try to kill Hitler? [a new theory]

I didn’t come across this topic until this morning as I was reading a friend’s blog [check out David Marshall's good work on theology]. Scot McKnight, back in November, discussed a new book called Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking (BakerAcademic, 2013). Written by Mark Thiessen Nation, Anthony G. Siegrist, and Daniel P. [Read More...]

Worship is about you, me, and us – but mostly God: reflections on the songs we sing

I grew up in the contemporary evangelical church. Many people in my life have noted that rather than completely cut myself off from my roots, I have a tendency to integrate what I perceive to be the good. Although that may have to be the topic of another post, today I want to reflect on [Read More...]

Get 500 Logos Books for Less than a Buck per Volume! (2 days only)

  As most readers will already know, I am a big fan of Logos Bible Software. It was amazing to be able to give away a huge collection of N.T. Wright books last month. Well, until the end of this month, Logos has a killer deal going on that might interest some of my theologically [Read More...]

Was Paul a Sexist? NT Wright explains…

Thoughts? [Read more...]

Baby Jesus meek and mild, overthrew an empire – Wild!

 *A version of this article was originally posted on Dec 20, 2010 Baby Jesus Meek and Mild // Pray for me an Orphan Child // Be my strength, be my friend // Be with me until the end Perhaps you remember this prayer from childhood that kids would say around Christmas time. Well, kids… buckle [Read More...]

Defining Sin in a Better Way: Shalom Disrupted

In this post, I want to briefly look at the issue of “sin.” It’s a word that many of us feel uncomfortable using as it has been utilized in ways that lean into legalism. With that said, it is a biblical concept so we do well not to simply throw it out. In order to [Read More...]

Time to take the seX out of se-Xmas

*** This is a piece I wrote a couple of years back. I hope it still makes sense, even if the references are a bit dated… Then one foggy Sex-mas Eve, Victoria came to say: Consumer with your eyes so wide, buy this bra and panties tonight. Twenty-year-old young women wearing unmentionables stare into the [Read More...]

Liturgical-Anabaptist-Friendly Resources for Advent & a New Christian Year

As many of you who read my blog already know, I’m an Anabaptist pastor/writer. But, you probably also know that I’m quite liturgical in my spirituality – something not as common among folks from my historical tradition. I’ve reflected on why I consider myself a Liturgical-Anabaptist in the past (start here), but in short this [Read More...]

Why the Psalms Matter – Even the Violent Ones

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of listening to N.T. Wright speak about the Psalms at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. One of his recent books, The Case for the Psalms: Why they are Essential, served as the catalyst for this conversational presentation. First, a favorite phrase from the evening: [Read More...]

Armed with the Weapon of Peace

*Written by Joey LeTourneau Peace is my weapon.  It could be yours too.  In a world where we seldom find peace as often as many of us would like; that same world could be finding peace within us. It seems to me that “peace” can carry a lot of misconceptions, many of which prevent us [Read More...]

A doom-and-gloom board game trumps the good news of Christ’s return

[Kurt's Note: This is a slightly revised version of blog post I wrote a few years back. I thought of it after hearing that a new Left Behind movie (featuring Nicolas Cage and Chad Michael Murray) will be coming to theaters in 2014. These are some basic reflections (which, if I had started from scratch, [Read More...]

Gospel Patrons – the people behind the people who change the world (generous givers)

Imagine sitting on a plane – especially if you travel alone. Who will be your seatmate? Will that person smell? Require too much legroom? Be quiet? Or, will they be a new friend? On a flight from Seattle to OC last month, I was pleasantly surprised. My seatmate and I clicked right away. Both followers [Read More...]


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