Sunday Feeds and Reads: Abusers, Grooming, and Innocence Doctrine

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While the Bill Cosby story continues to make cultural waves, there have been numerous stories over the last year, some of them quite recent, about serious abuse and/or coverup allegations toward leaders or public figures in the church. Some of those allegations have been "proven" through various legal processes; some of them have not. And in the latter case, it's common for people to defend the alleged abuser by referring to the American legal doctrine of "innocent until proven guilty." Which … [Read more...]

1.2 Billion Still in Extreme Poverty: the ONE Campaign Calls for Pledges


Over on my personal blog today, I'm extending the call from the ONE Campaign for a 2015 pledge, especially from faith leaders: Since the Millennium Development Goals were set in the 90’s, the rate of extreme poverty has been reduced by more than half. Now, that work certainly transcends ONE, but consider how ONE has raised the level of consciousness in the developed world to respond to extreme poverty over the last 10 years! Also consider that during that time ONE has led the charge in the fig … [Read more...]

Rebranding the End of the World: Introducing The Apocalypse Review


I'm not sure if you've noticed, but things look a little different around here.This blog used to be called The Nuance (which was the name of my personal blog since I first planted a church in 2008), with a focus on following Jesus beyond the conservative and liberal black and white options. But now it's called, strangely, The Apocalypse Review. And I would totally understand if you are asking yourself, What's up with that?!This summer and fall has brought on a lot of transition for my fa … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church’s Multi-Site Mission is Dead: 11 New Independent Churches Live On

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The graphic above is a screenshot from the timeline now posted on Mars Hill's post-mortem website. While much ink has been spilled on the demise of the church due to abuses and general unhealth, it's kind of striking to see the multi-site mission that Mark Driscoll manhandled into an impressive video-driven empire now dead, only to have 11 independent churches live on in its wake. And, while I'm sure there are many out there who are skeptical of these new churches and how different they will a … [Read more...]

An Amazing Genealogy of Jesus Infographic (and What It Means for XMas)

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Jeffrey Kranz is a writer, designer, and consultant at, and he's created a pretty amazing infographic of the genealogy of Jesus, with an emphasis on bringing together the Messiah's human and divine origins. Most of us are aware that the book of Matthew opens with a complicated list of names in Jesus's family tree, and we usually skip over that part to get to the "good" stuff. But there's some good stuff right there!The infographic represents both Matthew and Luke's … [Read more...]

Disarming Scripture: Cold Water to the Face of Our Biblical Rationalizing


The bottom line is that our interpretation of Scripture needs to coincide with actual reality. - Derek Flood I've recently been digging into Derek Flood's new book Disarming Scripture, and it is a desperately needed word in the raging public dialogue around Christianity and violence.Really, it's a splash of cold water to the face of our biblical rationalizing when it comes to violent and disturbing passages.The quote above appears in Chapter 6, and this chapter is perhaps the lynchpin … [Read more...]

The Death of Christian Idealism: a Reflection on Preston Yancey


Preston Yancey is young.Well, relative to me anyway.I'm pretty sure he's ten years my junior which both solidifies the already pretty solid fact that I am cresting the fearsome peak of mid-life (and making damn good time), and confirms my suspicion that "millennials," however one establishes the birthdate range, are truly a generation behind those of us who took a few breaths in the 70's. Which means they are far from peaking: they are a generation on the rise.Preston's first book is … [Read more...]

Logos 6 is Here – and So is a New Depth and Seamlessness of Study and Reflection


You may have seen updates floating around the web last week to the tune that the brand new version of the epic Logos Bible software had arrived.And let me tell you, it is AMAZING.This is the first time I've owned a full version of the software and I am just barely scratching the surface of what this thing can do. But already my Bible study is reaching a new level of depth, and really, bringing me back to a passion for pursuing Jesus in his Word that had somewhat waned in recent years. … [Read more...]

Love Fierce as the Grave…and Better than Death With Dignity


Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. - Song 8:6 In my mid-twenties, fairly newly married, I became somewhat passionate about the passion in the Song of Songs. My pentecostal/charismatic upbringing either avoided the Song entirely or allegorized it into a lesson on "intimate" prophetic prayer and worship - accompanied, of course, by songs that said things like "take me into your chambers" and "I want to taste the k … [Read more...]

BREAKING: The Mars Hill Church Organization Will Be Dissolved by January 1, 2015


In a letter from Dave Bruskas to Mars Hill Church posted on the church's website, a plan for making all Mars Hill sites independent and dissolving the centralized organization was announced today:  The decision to plant independent, self-governed churches has significant ramifications for the existing Mars Hill Church entity. Our central staff members, who have served and labored so faithfully, have already begun work on establishing many of the details to enact this plan, under the following g … [Read more...]