Some Jesus-Centered Voices on Paris: Bruxy, Volf, Merritt, and Smith

I've been hesitant to weigh in, significantly at least, on the Paris attacks and the events that have followed - including the inevitable military counterpunch from France in the form of airstrikes on Syria, and the news of U.S. governors refusing Syrian refugees because of perceived security risks. But I've heard a few voices (amidst the online din) that have stood out for their clarity and Jesus-centeredness, and I wanted to share them here.The day after the attacks, Bruxy Cavey offered … [Read more...]

Goldilocks Theology and God’s Power – Thomas Oord

This is a guess post by Thomas Jay Oord - be sure to check out his new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God.The story of Goldilocks and the three bears can help us think well about God’s power.Some theologians in Christian history have thought divine power means that God controls everything. They like to use the phrase, “God is sovereign.” Paul Kjoss Helseth, a contemporary advocate of the view, calls the view “divine omnicausality,” because God alone causes, preserves, and governs all thi … [Read more...]

Some More On Progressive Evangelicals

Yesterday I shared Doug Pagitt's list about progressive evangelicals at Onfaith. My comments may have been interpreted as critique, but that's actually not how I intended them.The fact is, perhaps for the first time ever, I find myself making peace with the idea of being a "progressive evangelical." I've resisted it in the past because of the politicization of the word "progressive" - which, by the way, Doug does a perfect job of expressing in his piece. "Progressive" can be an uncomfortable … [Read more...]

Josh Feuerstein (Starbucks Red Cup Watchdog) Appears on CNN and It’s Hilarious

Some American cultural moments are just too good not to share. By now we all know the whole Starbucks red cup fiasco is an insane Internet meme fueled by fear-mongering fundamentalists, but seeing Josh Feuerstein, the guy who made the video that has gone multi-viral, on CNN somehow makes it all worthwhile.It's hilarious, especially the big Obama-bashing finish. Unbelievable: … [Read more...]

Doug Pagitt On Progressive Evangelicals – Is There Room For Orthodoxy?

I really appreciated Doug Pagitt's recent list at Onfaith about progressive evangelicals. And I agree with him that this group - made up of those who identify as evangelicals (not denominational mainliners) but who are progressive in various ways - is growing. In fact, I'd likely number myself among them, even though I have spent time in a denominational (United Methodist) context for the last few years.As this category begins to define itself out of the missional/emerging/emergent dust-up o … [Read more...]

WATCH: Rob Bell Talks About Taking Back the Word “Evangelical”

"I say we take the word back...I'm an evangelical. And I believe in good news for everybody."Gosh, Rob. I am IN. … [Read more...]

Sorting out the Bible | Sarah Bessey Brings a Good Word on Jesus-Centered Faith

How Jesus changes the way I read Scripture Forgot to share this one a couple weeks ago - I absolutely LOVE how Sarah is expressing the impact of Jesus-centered interpretation on her faith. Especially her view of Scripture.Amazing quote here: Jesus reveals the Scriptures to us. How we read the whole of Scripture must be informed by the person of Jesus Christ because God is exactly like Jesus. The entire Bible—the whole story arc—must be read and understood through the Cross and the Res … [Read more...]

Neo-Calvinism, the Nonelect, and Planned Parenthood: a Grand Kind of Farce

Last week I made a statement on Twitter about neo-Calvinists' passion for defunding Planned Parenthood. Namely, I said it's a little suspicious: the purposes of this rather short post, my reasoning is simple: Neo-Calvinists (rightly) believe that God is the essence of perfect justice and holiness. But they also (wrongly) believe that it is perfectly just and holy for God to arbitrarily select a tiny minority of humanity for eternal … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Seth Haines’s New Book “Coming Clean” is a Must-Read

The image above is my endorsement for Seth Haines's new book Coming Clean, out TODAY from Zondervan.And I meant what I said.In fact, I want to quickly break down my endorsement into three parts, which are really three reasons this book is an absolute must-read. Here goes: 1. Coming Clean is one of the most honest books I've read in ages - or ever. I guess you might expect this from a book that is called Coming Clean and is (at least in part) about addiction and recovery, honesty being … [Read more...]

A Few Differences Between Preaching and Teaching

One of my core callings (you know, besides writing and binge-watching prestige dramas) is preaching. And there's a difference between preaching and teaching.Over the years I've struggled to understand and express this, and honestly I've heard it expressed rather poorly in the past. Some folks (who lean more charismatic and pentecostal) will denigrate teaching, implicitly if not explicitly, as being too intellectual, too "mind-y," and not spiritual enough. Prophecy is one of the "best gifts," … [Read more...]