Prophetic Recoil & the Need for Boldness

I have this tendency, and maybe you do too.It's the tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice or an area of dishonesty or hypocrisy that is causing others real harm or pain. It's the tendency to act on a conviction - not out of unrighteous anger, but out of urgent passion - and write that post or respond to that tweet or preach that message or interrupt that conversation where almost everyone seems to be agreeing about all the wrong things. It's the … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 2

Well, I meant to have this up a week or so ago, but alas, work got the best of me.So here's the substance of my review of David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw's book, Prodigal Christianity. (For background, see Part 1.)In the last post, I highlighted a few minor gripes. In this post, I plan to do some major glowing as I survey the substance of the book. As mentioned, in Prodigal Christianity Dave and Geoff have managed to summarize my own ministry journey over the last 10 years, and the … [Read more...]

Boz Tchividjian on SGM

Boz Tchividjian is a law professor and founder of GRACE, an initiative that responds to abuse in the Christian environment.Last night, Together for the Gospel broke their long silence with this statement about the SGM lawsuit. They initially posted it on their Facebook Page as well, but critical comments abounded (including my own) and the post was soon removed. However, my friend Bill Kinnon saved the thread, so all the original comments will remain viewable. (TGC added their own statement … [Read more...]

A False Gospel of Reconciliation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled t … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 1

[graphic: Andres Jasso]Some books show up at just the right time.In a recent review of Creating a Missional Culture by J.R. Woodward, I wrote about how the practical stories and ecclesial exhortations in the book felt like the timely, comforting voice of God to me in the midst of fresh heartache from closing our church plant, Dwell, last August.Prodigal Christianity by my two friends David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw has been a well-timed book, to be sure.But in a different sort of w … [Read more...]

Stanley Hauerwas on the Definition of a Christian

For me, wow.What about for you? Does Hauerwas get the definition right here? … [Read more...]

Dexter: You’re Lost

Loving the official poster and trailer for Dexter Season 8, starting on Sunday June 30th. Can't wait to see what the writers have in store for the final installment of Dexter's story - will he ever be whole again? First, the trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l0f9-x_IyfYAnd the poster:Yay! … [Read more...]

Three Complementarians & a Mutualist

[Warning: longish post. Also, Tom Selleck.]So now that Smokin' Hot Fest 2013 has died down somewhat, I figured I'd deliver on my promise to talk a little bit more about the theological root of the demeaning, misogynistic evangelical fruit that I surveyed in the first post on the topic.It's time, you guys. Time to talk about...complementarianism.Now, I know that the uninitiated will find that word cumbersome and confusing. Does this have something to do with complimenting people? … [Read more...]

This is 34.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtnxsIBVm5sTonight, I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground. … [Read more...]

My Gospel to Progressive Culture

On Thursday, I will turn 34.And while that just sounds like the biggest pitch ever for Facebook birthday messages (you better post on my wall, you guys), I mention it because this one is kind of significant. 33 was a death year for me, a year of loss, of endings. I'm hoping 34 will signal some resurrection.An interesting byproduct of death and failure and endings (we closed our church plant last August after a grueling season of transition in the community, which resulted in me losing … [Read more...]


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