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...]

Raised Hands In Prayer and Protest For #Ferguson: Osheta Moore and a Defining Moment for the Church

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Though it appears that some measure of sanity is being restored to the situation in Ferguson, MO, the repercussions of this moment in American history, as representing the systemic injustice toward Black people in the whole of our history, will be ongoing.Osheta Moore offered this reflection today, and I think it communicates a truly defining moment for the church in the midst of this crisis. Will the church be able to raise her hands in prayer and protest? Will the church be able to worship … [Read more...]

Rust Cohle and My Recent Conversion (at A Deeper Story)

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I'm over at A Deeper Story today writing about my recent conversion: Do you want to hear about my recent conversion? It just happened. I mean, you don’t have to believe me or anything. You might be suspicious about this sort of story. Sometimes I am too. See, back when I was a member at that Reformed Baptist church, they talked about conversion constantly. It was an obsession, to the point that most of the people in the church were unsure if they’d been “truly saved.” There were lots of them w … [Read more...]

How [Not] to Speak of Mark Driscoll

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But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent - not to exaggerate it - to all of you. This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person; so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. - 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 This week, Mars Hill Church released a video of Mark Driscoll getting real about the current "season" of the church.As one friend remarked, Driscoll appears weathered.Specifically, … [Read more...]

Whirlwinds and Seeking Signs: The Bankruptcy of Science AND Religion

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Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge. Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me."Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding."- Job 38: 1-4 I've been thinking a bit about science and religion, mainly because my church is going through a series on the topic. And it's a sticky wicket because, as you know, the two have often found the … [Read more...]

Beautiful Simplicity or Beguiling Sophistication?

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But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. - 2 Cor. 11:3, KJV Navigating the waters of being a "progressive" Christian can be treacherous business.I put "progressive" in scare quotes because it's darn near impossible to pin down a definition for that adjective, and there is certainly quite a spectrum of Christian practice that claims the title. As I mentioned in my first new post … [Read more...]

Comment Policy

Some folks have asked about a comment policy. Let's keep it simple:1. Don't be a jerk. This ought to be self-explanatory, but there is a point at which conversation, even energetic conversation or expressing strong disagreements, crosses into just plain being a jerk. Don't go there, k? Be respectful, even if you disagree with me or another commenter. And if you are a jerk, you'll get a warning and/or a block.2. Don't have an agenda. Internet comments suffer from a terrible malady of … [Read more...]


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