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January 29, 2018
Decluttering Jesus: Refusing to Give Shame the Last Word
As a pastor, I encounter wonderful people on a regular basis. Many of these folks,...
December 11, 2017
Jesus’ Radical Kingdom Reformation within Judaism (and some stuff about The Reformation)
ust like Luther, and the later reformers 500 years ago, the message of Jesus upset...
June 28, 2017
The “Christian” Politics of Stone Throwing
One of the challenges in any era is what to do when there is a...
May 04, 2017
The Word “Create” Means “Arrange” – Genesis 1 & Science
Last week I wrote about the problem the church is perpetuating: we create atheists by...
December 30, 2016
My Favorite Academic but Accessible Books on St. Paul
In this post, I continue a bit of a series on books I recommend on...
October 20, 2015
Giving Up on Nonviolence: For Those Who Want to Believe Peace is Possible
The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen...
April 28, 2015
Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church
A NOTE FROM KURT WILLEMS: This is a guest post from two anabaptist thinkers/practitioners who...
December 18, 2014
Why Christians Should Care About Hebron in the West Bank
Hebron. It is the city where one building, separated by bulletproof glass, is both a...
October 29, 2014
Why Was Early Christianity So Diverse? – “Orthodoxy,” “Gnosticism” & Mexican Food
Getting along is hard to do. People divide. That’s a fact of human nature. Division...
August 18, 2014
Can You Lose Your Salvation? Competing Views from Mark Driscoll & Greg Boyd
In the past several weeks, much controversy has arisen over Mark Driscoll and the church...
April 30, 2014
The Only Time Torture was Ever “Good” – water baptisms and state-sanctioned brutality
Sarah Palin's recent comments comparing waterboarding to the baptism of terrorists is creating quite a...
February 12, 2014
When Violence Hits Home: “sparing the rod,” spanking, & peaceful parenting
[Kurt's Editor Note: The following article, written by Rachel Boldwyn, reflects my general approach to...
February 10, 2014
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...
December 16, 2013
Defining Sin in a Better Way: Shalom Disrupted
In this post, I want to briefly look at the issue of "sin." It's a...
October 29, 2013
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...
September 16, 2013
First Nations Version of the Bible: Check this out!
Check out this new translation that is being put together to reach out to native...
May 13, 2013
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...
April 01, 2013
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....
March 19, 2013
Is preaching nonviolence bad for evangelism?
Many in the evangelical realm, especially pastors and lay leaders committed to church growth, believe...
February 19, 2013
DJesus UnCrossed SNL Skit and the Violence of American Christianity
Warning, the following video has violent and bloody imagery. If this offends you, do not...
February 11, 2013
When “Top Gun” becomes a pacifist
In 1986 when I was a senior in high school, a new movie was released...
January 24, 2013
Following Jesus: The Best Gun Control Ever!
The Central Valley of California is similar to most of rural America. It’s an area...
January 14, 2013
How I Became a Universalist (a guest post)
[Editor's Note (Kurt Willems): If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that...
December 20, 2012
Mayan Weather Forcast for the End of the World!
A student from my English class sent this image to me! Look out for fire...
December 19, 2012
Your god of Hatred is an Idol – Processing the Legitimate Grief of Sandy Hook with Love
I had a meeting last Friday morning, so all I knew was that a shooting...
December 05, 2012
5 Resources on Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible
The question of divorce and remarriage is a sad reality that the church must face....
October 30, 2012
Remixing N.T. Wright with Frank Viola (Wright’s opponents greatest misrepresentations)
As you know if you read this blog regularly, NT Wright is the theologian that...
October 25, 2012
A Pig’s Tail: A wonderful short animated film about a piglet in a factory farm
As you may know, animal advocacy is something that I see as a Kingdom issue....
August 13, 2012
God is throwing a party and everyone is invited! (Rob Bell)
***If you want my thoughts on Rob Bell and Hell, here's where you can start....
August 09, 2012
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