Entering Jesus’ Kingdom of Shalom

Recently, I’ve spent some time thinking about the kingdom of God. I continue to come back to the availability of God’s kingdom–that it is an already and not yet reality. It is a kingdom that can be summarized by the word, shalom. Shalom, in the broad sense is a word meaning “peace.” This Hebrew word goes [Read More…]

Lent: Because sometimes rich Christians simply need to starve a little

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are powerful words that are often recited as ashes are applied to the forehead of Christians. For the past few years of my life, Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent has been a time of focused commitment to journey with Christians around the [Read More…]

10 Podcasts on the Book of Revelation and Empire

Revelation is a book of hope.

Revelation is a book of sacrifice.

Revelation is a book of gardens and cities.

Revelation is a book that exposes violence.

Revelation is a book that calls out empires.

Revelation is a book that summons us into a better way of being human.

Revelation is a book that features, front and center, a slaughtered lamb. [Read more…]

Revelation #1: Anabaptist Apocalyptic Fever, a Fresh Word, and Exile

Yesterday at Pangea Communities we began the LONG journey preaching through the book of Revelation. I spend some time in this first talk wrestling with apocalyptic fanaticism in my own tradition of Anabaptism. In the 1530’s a group of so-called Anabaptists in Münster decided that the New Jerusalem would be located there. So, by all means [Read More…]