What is Open Theism? (Greg Boyd and a question for N.T. Wright)

Today Rachel Evans posted her latest “Ask a…” conversation partner: N.T. Wright. You all probably know that I have several influences in my theological life and that N.T. Wright is at the top of that list. I asked him the following question on Rachel’s post: Hi Dr. Wright, First, allow me to admit that your [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #2: Missional

This is the second 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. Missional The bible in its essence is a missional book that describes a [Read More...]

Markers of a church planting movement #1: Anabaptist & BIC

This is the beginning of a series of posts in which I describe the vision of the broad ethos of our church planting project. Not everything that goes into these posts will be EXACTLY what our church plant will look like because context and the Holy Spirit will shift our plans as we get moving. [Read More...]

Re-Membering Memorial Day with Love

photo © 2010 US Army Africa | more info Remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life. So on this Memorial Day weekend we remember that God’s intention for this world is shalom. This would be a [Read More...]

Revelation 17: The Whore, The Empire, and A Tale of Two Cities [observations and sermon download]

  If you follow this blog regularly (and my Facebook and Twitter feeds), you probably have noticed that I’ve been doing some research on the book of Revelation. Last week, I posted what I think will be the first of several scattered posts about my findings as I study the book [Corrective Strategies and Themes [Read More...]

Unfinished (Rich Stearns – World Vision) book giveaway! [just comment and share]

  Rich Stearns is someone I first became familiar with through the book The Hole in our Gospel. In it, he advocates for the church’s role amongst the poor and marginalized throughout the world. He now has come out with a new book, Unfinished: Believing is Only the Beginning. The flow of the book goes [Read More...]

An Interview with NT Wright – Ecclesia and Ethics

On behalf of the Conference Ecclesia and Ethics, out of the University of St Andrews, conference organizers John Dunne (thetwocities.com) John Frederick (truthstatic.com) sit down live in St. Andrews, Scotland with Professor N.T. Wright who is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews. Join us on May 18th and [Read More...]

Corrective Strategies and Themes for Understanding the Book of Revelation (Tired of the chaos? Me too!)

After my most popular status update ever affirmed it a few months back, I’ve decided to do some intentional thinking about the book of Revelation. These posts will be scattered for a time, but will eventually make up a series of posts. This biblical bookend is perhaps the most abused text in all of christendom. [Read More...]

“What will you do after seminary?” – A Female Grad on Becoming a Pastor

I will graduate on May 11, mere days from now. God willing, I will soon possess a diploma that says M.A. in Theological Studies. I took the scenic, part-time, pay-as-you-go route through seminary, so this has been a four-year project. Which is why so many are recently asking: “What will you do after seminary?” In [Read More...]

New Book Highly Recommend by 47 Top Leaders – Get 25 Free Gifts If You Get It Now By May 7th

My friend Frank Viola has just released a new book called God’s Favorite Place on Earth that could literally change your relationship with God, help you defeat bitterness, free you from a guilty conscience, and help you overcome fear, doubt and discouragement once and for all. This is a book that will jar you out [Read More...]

North Korea may bomb the hell out of us and blow us to smithereens, yet we will cling to the instability of hope

  ***I wrote this article prior to the events in Boston, otherwise my title would have been a bit more sensitive. My prayers go out to the victims and their families. At the moment, I have the unfortunate luck to commute about an hour to and from work every day. Don’t get me wrong, I [Read More...]

Brennan Manning clip: Jesus will ask us – “Did you believe that I really loved you?”

As you may have heard, Brennan Manning past away on Friday. Here are some potent words on God’s love for us. Gives a great picture of the essence of Manning’s teachings. [Read more...]

Philip Yancey on Brennan Manning on the day of his passing

I love the work of Brennan Manning. His books The Ragamuffin Gospel and The Signature of Jesus made a profound impact on my spiritual journey. Tonight I learned that he passed away. Although I never met him, he taught me much about the grace and love of God. Brennan Manning’s homepage reports the following message: [Read More...]

The past, present, and future of Kurt Willems (Comprehensive Enough???)

What I share below is part of an interview with a local web magazine from where I grew up. I share about my life, passions, and future. I hope you will check it out.  A big thanks to Lorie Lewis Ham for interviewing me… a huge honor! Here’s an excerpt and I encourage you to [Read More...]

America’s Unforgivable Youth: What Lupe Fiasco can Teach the Church

Growing up, I developed a love for rap music. Yep. Many of you are shocked. I don’t fit the stereotype. I also used to be heavily involved in skateboarding. Some of my best memories include solo sessions on my board popping kick-flips to the rhythms of a smooth hip-hop track. It’s probably the closest I [Read More...]

Comfortable Idolatry? – Padding our prayer benches in the flag

Here is more evidence of nationalism in our culture. This couldn’t be further from anything Christian. Product: Folding Prayer Bench, Patriotic Edition Walnut meditation bench upholstered in American Flag fabric to enhance your prayer time. The flag, of any nation, and the cross of Christ NEVER belong together. For those who don’t think nationalism is [Read More...]

Parenting Reimagined Podcast: Dreaming of a Daughter Liberated and Loved

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Subscribe via iTunes I recently was interviewed by my friend Sherry Walling, Ph.D. She the mother of two sons, a clinical psychologist,  a seminary graduate (Fuller), a world traveler, and a person who spends Friday nights at home in sweatpants. The Parenting Reimagined podcast is her brainchild. I felt a bit odd thinking forwardly [Read More...]

Is preaching nonviolence bad for evangelism?

Many in the evangelical realm, especially pastors and lay leaders committed to church growth, believe that proclaiming the revolutionary vision of nonviolence and Kingdom allegiance is antithetical to evangelism. In other words, some folks (with good intentions) worry that emphasizing an Anabaptist (peace and justice) ethic might make the Gospel unattractive in our American context. [Read More...]

Oremus: A Catholic Friend Brings Us His Prayer Request for the Papal Conclave

***Guest Post By David Ozab Catholic or not, unless you’re spent the last month on a deserted island cut off from all communication from the outside world, you know that Pope Benedict XVI resigned at the end of February, that the College of Cardinals has convened in Rome, and that today the cardinal electors (all [Read More...]


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