About Zach Hoag

Zach Hoag is an author, blogger, preacher, and creator from New England. He writes here and on his author blog at zhoag.com.

10 Things I Want You to Know About the New Charismatics

This article has appeared at Onfaith & ChristianWeek.There is a groundswell taking place, a grassroots Christian movement if you will, that centers on renewing charismatic and Pentecostal faith for the twenty-first century. And I think this movement just might be the most exciting area of emergence in the American church today.While this groundswell is diverse, there are some common threads that I want to identify and celebrate. Some of us who are a part of this growing trend have … [Read more...]

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The Difference Between Faith and Sounding Like an Automaton Droid

This is a guest post by Melanie Dale. Her new book It's Not Fair launches today - and it's great!“You just have to have faith.” “Pray harder.” “Fast more selflessly.” “Wait on God more patiently.” I had big gold stars by all the Christian categories of waiting, and my uterus was still a barren wasteland.I was the man by the pool waiting for a miracle, and day after day, my miracle didn’t come. What do you do when faith “fails”?If you’ve ever gone through a difficult time, you’ve prob … [Read more...]

Help Me Get One More: The New Hacksaw Ridge Trailer

Last week I came across this trailer for the brand new movie Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington. And it's basically the gospel of peace displayed in stark relief on the silver screen:https://youtu.be/s2-1hz1juBII had a strong emotional response to the trailer, first and foremost because the commitment to nonviolence in the thick of the world's worst war is downright stunning, and because the way the character holds that commitment in a nonjudgmental and … [Read more...]

The Future of the American Church is Anchored and Everywhere

The first decade of the 2000's was a pivotal one for American Christianity, with a palpable sense that the culture was rapidly shifting all around us. And this sense triggered a flood of thinking and writing on how the church must lean into that shift, especially in the ways we do church.Words like emerging, missional, and incarnational were used to describe the new thing that seemed to be happening. And all of these held an interesting attribute in common: a strong move away from … [Read more...]

Community and Idealism: Bonhoeffer’s Wisdom For the American Church

He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial. This quote, from Bonhoeffer's classic Life Together, is also part of a chapter from a new book of essays entitled Called To Community (ed. Charles E. Moore). You can check out the current Patheos Book Club happening around this book here.Bonhoeffer's essay centers on the subject of idealism, and … [Read more...]

Resurrection is the Christian term for defiance

In a wonderful op-ed for The Guardian, Canon Giles Fraser talks about what Easter and resurrection mean for his centuries-old parish in South London: On Sunday morning, just before dawn, a group of us gathered outside church and kindled a small bonfire. From there we passed the flame to a large candle and processed it into the nave – the tentative, flickering light illuminating the dark corners of the building. And from that large candle, we all lit our own individual candles, passing the light … [Read more...]

Political Choices and Decisions For Jesus

As the Republican and Democratic primaries rage on, folks across the country are being faced with a choice. For some that choice is a difficult one; for others it's a matter of sanity versus outright stupidity.And I'll admit, when it comes to the two GOP frontrunners, Decision '16 pretty cut and dry for me: #NeverEither.But these political choices have me thinking about another choice, and maybe the parallel is more obvious than ever in this political season. Namely, the choice, the … [Read more...]

Katelyn Beaty compares Trump evangelicals to Mark Driscoll

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Christianity Today editor Katelyn Beaty makes an interesting comparison between the kinds of evangelical leaders that follow Trump and those who might follow or resemble Mark Driscoll: But there are evangelical leaders with whom Trump would feel quite at home. Like him, they are middle-aged men who refuse to submit to basic checks on their power and ego...So long as there is growth, many evangelicals hesitate to address clear and troubling signs of … [Read more...]

The Campaign Ad That Always Makes Me Misty (Yeah, It’s Bernie)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nwRiuh1CugThis year I decided to make no bones about my support of one of the Democratic presidential candidates.Bernie Sanders.And this video sums up why I feel that, as a Wesleyanabaptist messy-middle Christian, I can express my public support with no qualms. Namely, Bernie is the closest thing we have to a candidate who champions the cause of real people, real Americans, and particularly those who are struggling economically or marginalized and o … [Read more...]

Ruth Graham Reports On the Addition of Wayne Grudem to Rubio’s Advisory Board

Ruth Graham reports at Slate on Rubio's latest attempt get that elusive and necessary evangelical vote. Namely, he's assembled an advisory board of sorts with some evangelical heavies, including Rick Warren. Notably, he just added Wayne Grudem - whose systematic theology and views on complementarianism are gold standards in the Neo-Calvinist world - to the board.Here's Ruth: Grudem is one of the leading proponents of complementarianism. In fact, he has claimed a role in coining the term—a hi … [Read more...]


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