Jesus, domestic abuse, and exaggerating about divorce

Growing up, I was similarly taught as Suzanne Burden points out: “No one should divorce, ever, unless their spouse cheats on them; then they can get divorced and remarried.” The problem, of course, is that this sort of teaching leads to Christian women enduring violence – being “Battered into Submission.” Many pastors have gone to [Read More...]

When God speaks, I listen… So why don’t you?

Hearing God. One of the great dillemas of the Christian life. Can we actually “hear God” and if so, what does that mean? Some believe, for instance that God only speaks through the Bible. In some extreme cases, this leads to a subtle form of bibliolotry (worship of the Bible instead of the God therewithin). [Read More...]

A Pacifist View of Syria that You Might not Expect

I really appreciate Greg Boyd’s clarity and wisdom on the issue of Syria. Here’s an excerpt from a recent blogpost: The first thing I’ll say is that I don’t believe that being a kingdom pacifist (viz. on who swears off violence out of obedience to Jesus) means that one must embrace the conviction that governments [Read More...]

Jesus the Celebrity?

My friend Mark Moore has lots of good things to say about following Jesus. Consider this excerpt an go and check out his full article & blog: Suppose I answer my phone today and there is a woman’s voice on the other end of the line and she says, “Mark,” I am absolutely 100% positive [Read More...]

Shane Claiborne Discusses the Sermon on the Mount

I may have shared this in the past, but it is an insightful look at the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ teachings in general… [Read more...]

A Kingdom Revolutionary Gathering & a Conference on Doubt (Greg Boyd)

A Word About a Revolutionary Network Meeting There is a growing movement of pastors, church planters, and churches around the globe who have become convinced that the center of the Gospel is a Jesus-looking God who calls his people to partner with him to advance a Jesus-looking kingdom.  They sense that God is pouring out [Read More...]

Biblical Basis for Women’s Service in the Church by N.T. Wright

I have shared the content of this video before as an introduction into why I believe that women and men can serve together in every role within the church (in the form of the full written paper). My conviction (and that of my denomination – Brethren in Christ), is that women ought to be invited [Read More...]

Fight: “Erasing Hell” co-author defends nonviolence in a new book!

Preston Sprinkle, co-author of Erasing Hell (with Francis Chan), has written a book that ought to be exciting the progressive end of the evangelical world – Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence. Many of us, Anabaptist and otherwise, are strongly convinced that nonviolence is central to the gospel of Jesus. For conservative Christians, this is [Read More...]

An intro to Anabaptist history w/ Bruxy Cavey and Mike Krause

This is amazing. I love both these brothas! [Read more...]

Stop Turning “Devotions” into Dogma: reflections on how we read the bible

As a high school student, after a dramatic turn-around toward the end of my sophomore year, I began to engage with God through devotional readings (or “quiet times”). Such was encouraged by mentors and camp speakers as a way through which to grow in Christ. The ebb and flow of my devotional journey yielded significant [Read More...]

Friendly Reminder: Google Reader is disappearing on Monday… switch to Feedly!

Many of you have noticed that I haven’t been writing as often for the past couple of months. That will hopefully change toward the backend of summer. I’m in the midst of several life changes. I ended a job, will start a new job, am planting a church, moving 950 miles to a new city [Read More...]

N.T. Wright gets asked: “What is the gospel?”

Check out another great interview with N.T. Wright: INTERVIEW WITH NT WRIGHT from Evangelical Alliance on Vimeo. [Read more...]

Markers of a church planting movement #9: (a)Political

This is the ninth and FINAL post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. ———————————————————————————————————————————— (a)Political The kingdom of God isn’t directionally challenged; it transcends “left” or “right” [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #8: Post-Conservative Theology

This is the eighth post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. ———————————————————————————————————————————— A Generous Post-Conservative Theological Posture Roger Olson coined a phrase that fits the envisioned theological [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #7: Women as Leaders & Inclusive

This is the seventh post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. ———————————————————————————————————————————— Mutuality in Leadership One of the things I love about the BIC is that we [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #6: Community & Creativity

This is the sixth post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. ————————————————————————————————————————————— Community Authentic relationships guided by love can change the world! In the New Testament we [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #5: Charismatic

This is the fifth post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. —————————————————————————————————————————————— We want to create spaces for the Holy Spirit to transform lives. Much of the [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #4: Liturgical

This is the fourth post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. Liturgical Robert Webber, at the turn of the century, began writing about [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #3: Subversive Discipleship (Transformation)

This is the third post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category   For the rest of this specific series, go here. Subversive Discipleship (Transformation) Dallas Willard calls discipleship the “great omission” from the [Read More...]


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