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...]

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...]

How Does Christianity Deal with Death? [Jonathan Murden]

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This is a guest post for the Antioch Session by Jonathan Murden. His bio is at the bottom.One day, we're all going to die. That got your attention, didn't it?One day, our warm bodies, these organisms throbbing with life, all flesh and bone and beating blood, will be cold and still. One day, we will lie as if sleeping as they shovel the dirt on top of us. We will rot and decay and the worms will eat what remains. All of life leads up to that moment when what we once were is no more.As … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Announces He is Stepping Down From Mars Hill Pastorate, Plans to Move to L.A.

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Embattled Pastor Mark Driscoll has announced this morning that he is, in fact, stepping down from the pastorate of the church he founded, Mars Hill Church in Seattle, in light of formal charges of abusive leadership brought by former Mars Hill elders and other former colleagues.Returning from vacation noticeably more tan than usual, Mark began his video announcement to the church with these words: "Howdy, Mars Hill. So yeah, this month has been totally ridic. I'm out, bro. DONE. Forget angry … [Read more...]

Nate Morales, Who Molested Children Within Sovereign Grace Ministries, Sentenced to 40 Years (Video)

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The Associated Baptist Press is reporting that Nate Morales, the man convicted of sexually molesting children within Covenant Life Church, the flagship church of Sovereign Grace Ministries, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.This is good and good reason to share in the relief of survivors who have gotten their first legal share of justice and closure in decades.But it is also a reminder of a much bigger issue at work here, one that has yet to be sufficiently solved. Namely, the i … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Cancels Its Huge Annual Conference: Mark Driscoll’s Trouble and the Dying Resurgence

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Yesterday Mars Hill Church announced that it is canceling its huge annual conference, Resurgence 2014. The conference website has this announcement: The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus and the church, and the desire to support efforts to grow leaders to grow churches. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year’s conference due to unforeseen changes to our speaker line-up and other challenges we believe would make it difficult to provide the quality of … [Read more...]

Vicky Beeching, Worship Leader Closely Connected to the Church of England, Comes Out

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Vicky Beeching is known for worship hits on both sides of the Atlantic - and for being closely connected to the Church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.And recently, she came out as gay.The Independent told the story earlier today: At Easter this year, she came out to her parents. "I was terrified but they reacted really well. They said, 'We're so sorry that you had to go through this alone.'" Beeching and her parents have agreed to disagree on the theology around ho … [Read more...]


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