Skinny Jeans, Ruffled Feathers, and Kingdom Mission: My Interview with Scot McKnight

One of my theological heroes is Scot McKnight. He recently released a new book called Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. And it is a doozy…in all the right ways! (Check out the book website here.) Here’s my interview with Scot: Z: Hi Scot, thanks so much for joining us over here! I love your new book and think it’s a really timely addition to the conversation. But enough with my opinion – what prompted you… Read more

Learning to Make Disciples…AA Style [Fr. Tony Bleything]

My name is Fr. Tony Bleything, I’m an Alcoholic and a Drug Addict. Okay, so I don’t say Fr. Tony Bleything at the 3 to 4 AA meetings I go to per week, but I do identify each time as an alcoholic and an addict.  I’m sure I sound like a broken record at our church but I truly believe that if the church took note of the work of Alcoholics Anonymous, they would surely learn a great deal about making disciples. For… Read more

Choosing My Religion? [Anderson Campbell]

I think I might be failing as a good, Christian father. I’ve identified as a Christian for nearly as long as I can remember. I grew up in Georgia, “Bible belt” territory.  Our household rhythms revolved around faith in God. We prayed at mealtimes and before bed. We were heavily involved in our Southern Baptist church, in which my father served as a deacon. We attended every Sunday, sometimes twice, and every Wednesday evening. When I was seven years old,… Read more

God of Noise, God Who Moves: Finding God in Ministry Transition [David Kludt]

My neighborhood in Hollywood was one of the noisiest places I’ve ever been. Our little house was situated halfway between Hollywood and Sunset – two of the major thoroughfares providing the constant rush of traffic across Northeast Los Angeles. Directly across the street from us was a hospital parking garage with two sets of heavy traffic spikes. At shift change, a rapid series of metallic clunks peppered into our windows as cars pulled out of the garage. Three hospitals within… Read more

On Focus and Freedom: A Traditional Church Embarks on the Missional Journey [KrisAnne Swartley]

The story of how I came to do what I currently do, where I do it, still fascinates me. I love it when people ask, how did you end up at Doylestown Mennonite Church and what is your role there? What does it mean to be “pastor for the missional journey” or “missional pastor?” I love telling the story because I have never encountered a congregation who has done what this one has, and I’m about as immersed in the… Read more

A God in the Dirt [Andrew Arndt]

The following is a guest post by Andrew Arndt for The Antioch Session. One of the first places we meet the God revealed in Scripture is in a garden. The writer of Genesis records, in an anthropomorphism sure to awaken scorn from the philosopher or religious historian, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen 3:8). God, the Cosmos-Shaper, the High… Read more

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

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… Read more

Embodied Creatures: Non-Verbal Communication, Power, and Communion [Scott Emery]

Ours is a world immersed in sound. We are both enthused and mesmerized by the cacophonous cocoon seemingly keeping us warm and safe. In our earbuds, in our bedrooms, in our cars: sound both follows us and is produced by us with a rabid tenacity. Some of it is self-inflicted. Some of it is forced upon us. Regardless, it has become ubiquitous. Akin to many cultural assumptions, sound is believed to be good based on its pervasiveness. Generally speaking, sound… Read more

CharismaNews Posts Islamophobic Hate Speech: A Betrayal of Christian Identity [Brian Zahnd]

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 piece… Read more

Veronica Noriega’s Hunger Strike in Seattle: What it Means For Immigrants and All of Us [Cote Soerens]

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… Read more


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