The Dad of a Preacher-Kid (Writing at A Deeper Story)

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I'm at A Deeper Story today writing about my precious little Gemma and that time she preached the gospel on Father's Day: “Can I preach with you, daddy?”The whole book-reading event notwithstanding, this question caught me off guard.“Well, I mean, I’m gonna do the children’s message too, so you can say something then if you want.”“Yes. I want to preach. I will practice.”This led to more conversations about some of the amazing stuff she had said when “reading” the book. We started … [Read more...]

Andy Gill Interviews Patheos Blogger Pete Enns on Millennials, the Bible, & the Church – Oh My!

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Some great wisdom here from Pete on how Millennials can navigate the challenges of new ideas after coming out of churches that have left them ill-prepared for "adult thinking." … [Read more...]

Brian Zahnd: Jesus vs. Karma – such a needed message

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Brilliant stuff here from my pastor-at-large. … [Read more...]

DeYoung’s Delusion and the Uganda Factor

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If we know anything about The Gospel Coalition, it's that they never miss an opportunity to chime in if gay marriage makes the news cycle. It's TOP PRIORITY over there. And that's because TGC is a Neo-Fundamentalist coalition more than a gospel one.Kevin DeYoung-Restless-and-Reformed is basically TGC's Chief Anti-Gay Correspondent, so when the PCUSA approved gay marriage at their General Assembly last week, Kevin was quick to fire off Five Questions for Christians Who Believe the Bible … [Read more...]

Spiritual But Not Religious – The Authentic Gospel (a sermon)

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I don't preach often these days, but it's an honor when I get the opportunity. Here's my sermon from First UMC Burlington yesterday, where I claim that religious decline is not a problem to be solved, but an opportunity to be had. The Spirit is calling us again in to the surprising work of God. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Controlling Christianity Kills Creativity

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Much has been written recently about the controlling leadership clamp-down at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, revolving around a famous Non-Compete contract, and the numerous resulting resignations and firings.One resignation that impacted me as an interested observer was that of Zach Bolen, worship pastor and lead singer of the Mars Hill Music band Citizens. I've loved Zach's music, story, and spirit for a while now, and when a source confirmed that Zach simply lost faith in Mark Driscoll and … [Read more...]

Pentecost Survived, Pentecost Received

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Pentecost nearly destroyed me.The son of Pentecostal parent ministers who indulged in the unsafe and the extreme, always dancing on the cliff's edge, renaming constant stress and desperation "walking by faith" while languishing in unhealth - my childhood might have been the end of me.But I survived that Pentecost.And now, 35 years old, 10 solid years of grown-up church ministry behind me, including a church plant that ended painfully, surviving still and trying to sustain - my soul … [Read more...]

Yes, Al Mohler (and Tony Jones), There IS a Third Way

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Recently, Al Mohler blogged that when it comes to gay marriage THERE IS NO THIRD WAY.His curmudgeonly Neo-Fundamentalist take is the right-wing mirror of Tony Jones's position from the left. Tony, too, believes that there's no third way. It's a moment of agreement between the two poles that pretty much proves the accuracy of the fundamentalist label I've recently argued for.At any rate, Al is specifically commenting on a Southern Baptist pastor who recently changed his theological … [Read more...]

Neo-Calvinist, Neo-Reformed, or…Neo-Fundamentalist?

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Labels are inevitable. We need need to understand and identify things. But labeling is difficult. Sometimes we assign a label and unintentionally or unnecessarily implicate individuals or groups who don't really fit our intended description.Such is the case with the conservative/evangelical Calvinistic-Baptist and Presbyterian resurgence that is busy championing the twin causes of the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation and damnation, and fixed complementarian gender roles in the church … [Read more...]

Breaking Wesleyanabaptist: A Story of (Resistible) Grace

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This post was first published at A Deeper Story.The senior pastor pulled me aside and, in his infamous dramatic baritone, directed me on how to lead the small group.“I need you to emphasize reprobation,” he said. “I believe it’s essential to understanding the gospel. And these people are way too soft when it comes to the absolute sovereignty of God. I’m a supralapsarian, you know.”The rigid small group structure of this Reformed Baptist church was such that each group had one leader a … [Read more...]


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