An Amazing Genealogy of Jesus Infographic (and What It Means for XMas)

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Jeffrey Kranz is a writer, designer, and consultant at, and he's created a pretty amazing infographic of the genealogy of Jesus, with an emphasis on bringing together the Messiah's human and divine origins. Most of us are aware that the book of Matthew opens with a complicated list of names in Jesus's family tree, and we usually skip over that part to get to the "good" stuff. But there's some good stuff right there!The infographic represents both Matthew and Luke's … [Read more...]

Disarming Scripture: Cold Water to the Face of Our Biblical Rationalizing


The bottom line is that our interpretation of Scripture needs to coincide with actual reality. - Derek Flood I've recently been digging into Derek Flood's new book Disarming Scripture, and it is a desperately needed word in the raging public dialogue around Christianity and violence.Really, it's a splash of cold water to the face of our biblical rationalizing when it comes to violent and disturbing passages.The quote above appears in Chapter 6, and this chapter is perhaps the lynchpin … [Read more...]

The Death of Christian Idealism: a Reflection on Preston Yancey


Preston Yancey is young.Well, relative to me anyway.I'm pretty sure he's ten years my junior which both solidifies the already pretty solid fact that I am cresting the fearsome peak of mid-life (and making damn good time), and confirms my suspicion that "millennials," however one establishes the birthdate range, are truly a generation behind those of us who took a few breaths in the 70's. Which means they are far from peaking: they are a generation on the rise.Preston's first book is … [Read more...]

Logos 6 is Here – and So is a New Depth and Seamlessness of Study and Reflection


You may have seen updates floating around the web last week to the tune that the brand new version of the epic Logos Bible software had arrived.And let me tell you, it is AMAZING.This is the first time I've owned a full version of the software and I am just barely scratching the surface of what this thing can do. But already my Bible study is reaching a new level of depth, and really, bringing me back to a passion for pursuing Jesus in his Word that had somewhat waned in recent years. … [Read more...]

Love Fierce as the Grave…and Better than Death With Dignity


Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. - Song 8:6 In my mid-twenties, fairly newly married, I became somewhat passionate about the passion in the Song of Songs. My pentecostal/charismatic upbringing either avoided the Song entirely or allegorized it into a lesson on "intimate" prophetic prayer and worship - accompanied, of course, by songs that said things like "take me into your chambers" and "I want to taste the k … [Read more...]

BREAKING: The Mars Hill Church Organization Will Be Dissolved by January 1, 2015


In a letter from Dave Bruskas to Mars Hill Church posted on the church's website, a plan for making all Mars Hill sites independent and dissolving the centralized organization was announced today:  The decision to plant independent, self-governed churches has significant ramifications for the existing Mars Hill Church entity. Our central staff members, who have served and labored so faithfully, have already begun work on establishing many of the details to enact this plan, under the following g … [Read more...]

Why Christians Should be INSATIABLE Trick-or-Treaters [Andrew Arndt]

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I have four kids.  Last year, the oldest three were finally old enough (and aware enough to really want) to trick or treat. So we went for it.  They decided on their costumes, mom helped them put it all together, we got our pails ready, and out into the darkness we went.  A couple Nintendo characters, a princess, and a father who would rather be watching Thursday night football but is putting up a show of support for the wee ones. Off we went down our street, and within a very short amount of t … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Reformation Catalysts: Will Millennials Save the Church?

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This is a Free-Form Follow Friday Guest Post by Sara Blakeney. Bio at the bottom.When the Israelites rebuilt the temple during the reign of King Ezra, many of the elders who remembered the grandeur of Solomon’s temple wept aloud. But others shouted for joy as they saw the temple’s foundation being laid, because they knew that the rebuilding represented a new era. The result was an indistinguishable cacophony of rejoicing and weeping that could be heard for miles. (Ezra 3:10-13)I’m heari … [Read more...]

Skinny Jeans, Ruffled Feathers, and Kingdom Mission: My Interview with Scot McKnight


One of my theological heroes is Scot McKnight. He recently released a new book called Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. And it is a all the right ways! (Check out the book website here.)Here's my interview with Scot: Z: Hi Scot, thanks so much for joining us over here! I love your new book and think it's a really timely addition to the conversation. But enough with my opinion - what prompted you to write it? Scot: I have been thinking a … [Read more...]

Learning to Make Disciples…AA Style [Fr. Tony Bleything]

My name is Fr. Tony Bleything, I'm an Alcoholic and a Drug Addict. Okay, so I don't say Fr. Tony Bleything at the 3 to 4 AA meetings I go to per week, but I do identify each time as an alcoholic and an addict.  I'm sure I sound like a broken record at our church but I truly believe that if the church took note of the work of Alcoholics Anonymous, they would surely learn a great deal about making disciples.For the past few months I have been reflecting on what I can learn about discipleship fr … [Read more...]