About Zach Hoag

Zach J. Hoag is a writer and missional minister from notoriously non-religious New England. He blogs here at Patheos and HuffPost Religion. His book, Nothing but the Blood: The Gospel According to Dexter, released in 2012. Most importantly he binge-watches TV dramas and plays in the snow with his family.

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A New Master of Arts in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary – Changing the Face of Seminary Training

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Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring much more of pastors than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the ministry skills of preaching, teaching, counseling and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community. And not only are new skills needed, but a new way of teaching them is needed.  We need a less expensive way that keeps future church leaders from being burdened with debt.  And we need a training that fits into th … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Resigns From Mars Hill Church, Elders Surprised to Receive Resignation

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According to the Religion News Service, Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll has resigned, much to the surprise of the remaining Mars Hill elders: “Recent months have proven unhealthy for our family—even physically unsafe at times—and we believe the time has now come for the elders to choose new pastoral leadership for Mars Hill,” Driscoll wrote in his resignation letter.Driscoll was not asked to resign, according to a letter from the church’s board of overseers. “Indeed, we were surprised to rece … [Read more...]

Marketing the Apocalypse: Left Behind and Commercial Indulgence (Writing at Convergent Books)

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I'm at the Convergent Books blog today writing about Left Behind: While it probably doesn’t need to be said, I’ll go ahead and say it. I think the fear being marketed with the appearance of holy intentions is not only completely unholy and driven primarily by commercial profit, but also betrays a perverse enjoyment of superiority over a purely evil “them.” This is the truly destructive nature of rapture theology. It pits a righteous “us” against the “left behind.” The “unbelievers.” Muslim terro … [Read more...]

Evangelism is Awkward [Beau Crosetto]

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This is a guest post from Beau Crosetto - his bio is at the bottom. A few years ago when I was coming back to my apartment, I noticed two missionary men talking to my downstairs neighbor. Right as I was approaching, they finished up, and then the missionary men started engaging with me. I don’t mind mixing it up a bit so I let them give me their best shot and I found out some wacko stuff. For instance, they believed that Jesus had returned and was currently in Korea! After 15min of back and f … [Read more...]

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

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It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger mistake to call it "a book about Christian pacifism." Brian says as much when he clarifies that he doesn't claim the pacifist label at all. He is not a pacifist but a Christian - a follower of Jesus, including Jesus's radical and very political ideas (Ch. 1).In other words, the gospel of peace shouldn't be thought of as some extraneous add-on to Christian identity, best … [Read more...]

The Personal and Pointed Challenge of Benjamin Corey’s “Undiluted” (A Review)

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I just got finished reading Benjamin Corey's new book Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.And I loved it.I especially loved the way that Ben approached a somewhat familiar topic - the way that the teaching and life of Jesus in the Gospels corrects American cultural Christianity - in an unfamiliar way. That is, Ben's approach is both personal and pointed. Personal, in the sense that the book emerges from Ben's own spiritual journey in seminary and through the process of … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Here’s a Guy Rappelling Into an Active Volcano, Because We All Wanted a Glimpse of Fundamentalist Hell

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This is not what hell is like. But if we believe in the fundamentalist vision of hell, this is what it might be like. What else are you gonna do on a Tuesday? WATCH IT:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAdFvTo9874H/T Matthew Paul Turner … [Read more...]

CharismaNews Posts Islamophobic Hate Speech: A Betrayal of Christian Identity [Brian Zahnd]

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This is a guest post for the Antioch Session by Brian Zahnd. Brian's bio is at the bottom.Friday afternoon I read an opinion piece entitled “Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic” by Gary Cass posted on the CharismaNews website. After considerable backlash, the post was thankfully removed tonight (just minutes ago, in fact). It is, however, still posted on Cass's organization's site.It is such an horrendous piece of hate-speech and fear-mongering that at first I assumed it was a satirical piec … [Read more...]

American Fundamentalism Goes Meta: a Week of Duck Dynasty Commentary (With a Splash of Osteen)

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You're probably aware of a few videos that have been rolling around the interwebz this week, two of which feature Duck Dynasty cast members talking about different, but strangely connected, topics. In fact, I think American fundamentalism goes a bit meta in these two videos, giving us the ultimate in self-referential Christian culture moments.First, Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander patriarch talking to Sean Hannity on Fox about what he would do with ISIS (because obvious foreign policy … [Read more...]

Veronica Noriega’s Hunger Strike in Seattle: What it Means For Immigrants and All of Us [Cote Soerens]

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This is a guest post by Coté Soerens for the Antioch Session. Her bio is at the bottom. Veronica Noriega is putting herself on the line for thousands of families, and this is why you should care. Veronica Noriega is the wife of Ramon Mendoza, one of the leaders of the hunger strike that broke out last March at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. This week Veronica is fasting, camping outside the NWDC in preparation for her husband’s hearing this coming Tuesday, September 9th. W … [Read more...]


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