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...]

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...]


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