Sermon Prep: a couple hours, half the work week, or more?

Editor’s Note: If you are reading this, you are probably interested in preaching. As such, I hope I can simply point you towards our great NT Wright Logos book giveaway (we are giving away a collection of 36 books!). Enter here! ——————————————————– It’s always interesting to hear about various pastor’s methods for sermon preparation. Two [Read More...]

N.T. Wright on How to Study the Bible

Yes, friends, this is the month of N.T. Wright :-). You may have heard that we are giving away a set of N.T. Wright books in partnership with Logos Bible Software (36 total books!). Even if you have some of these books already, having them in a digital format makes them an even more valuable research tool… especially the [Read More...]

Win 36 N.T. Wright books from Kurt Willems & Logos! (Easy to enter)

As most of you know, N.T. Wright is one of the most influential theological voices in my life. His work on Jesus, Paul, and the New Testament in general are unmatched in their scholarly voice and pastoral sensitivity. One of the coolest things about Wright is the volume at which he puts out books. What [Read More...]

Pangea Communities and Mars Hill Compared (David Warkentin)

Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from the Praxis Urban Discipleship program at Columbia Bible College. I love what this program represents: a year of urban theology and practice with the intention of creating space for students to discern their futures. Great stuff! David Warkentin, a fellow Anabaptist, runs [Read More...]

Abraham, Evil, and Unsettling Faith (Mark Moore)

Mark Moore is a personal friend. He’s a consistent source of encouragement and wisdom. He’s also a great preacher. Check out this clip to get a feel for his style and then check out the whole sermon if you have time… Link to full sermon. Also, check out his sermon “Church at the Feet of [Read More...]

Is N.T. Wright right about Paul or is John Piper? – The continuing debate

Anyone who enjoys quality theological inquiry can’t get enough of N.T. Wright. Readers of this blog know that I’ve been highly influenced by his teachings on Jesus, Paul, the early church, and new creation. Wright’s new book, which is volume 4 in his Christian Origins and the Question of God series, is called: Paul and the [Read More...]

Rob Bell & Oprah talk about what they talk about when they talk about God

I know that many of my friends hate the idea of “Christian celebrities.” I totally get it – although I’m less critical. Rob Bell finds himself in a situation where he can speak to the broader culture. I believe that this is a gift, one that he has for the most part wielded responsibly. His [Read More...]

Books that leaders in our church plant will read

As most of you know, I recently moved to Seattle to lead a church plant. We have a fabulous Core Team and Launch Team… one that continues to grow in depth and relational connections. What’s fun is seeing the surprising ways in which God is already at work in our church. [check out our website: [Read More...]

Shane Claiborne speaking at The Justice Conference

Any time Shane speaks – I listen… Shane Claiborne from The Justice Conference on Vimeo. [Read more...]

If Jesus is a pansy, I want to be one too – Reflections on Christlikeness

Recently a pastor wrote an article about why God is not a pacifist. Not only so, he argued that Jesus (the “God-human”) is also not a pacifist and never taught such. He went on to claim that Jesus wasn’t a “pansy,”[1] as though being a pacifist equates one to this derogatory title. [Note: I, personally [Read More...]

Life-changing books: The New Testament For Everyone by NT Wright

As a pastor of a young church plant, I’ve been spending some time reflecting of the various influences that have shaped my approach to ministry and faith. I can sum up a huge influence with one word: BOOKS. Not that books are the only thing that I have learned from, but that they have been a companion on my journey of pastoral and [Read More...]

Greg Boyd on the Power of Prayer

The power of prayer is discussed in this clip, specifically the stories of how God has been at work at Woodland Hills. [Read more...]

First Nations Version of the Bible: Check this out!

Check out this new translation that is being put together to reach out to native american peoples. Terry M. Wildman is putting together a paraphrase that seeks to: “…retell, in the tradition of the oral cultures, the story of the Bible. In doing so, I draw on the 15 years of experience I share in relationship [Read More...]

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...]


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