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 four blocks … [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 Mennonite church as one can get-- a Mennonite pastor's kid who went to Mennonite … [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 and Holy and All-Powerful Creator of Heaven and Earth, is also G … [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 of as some extraneous add-on to Christian identity, best … [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 is a good thing. It is a medium by … [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 piec … [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 hearing this coming Tuesday, September 9th. W … [Read more...]

How Does Christianity Deal with Death? [Jonathan Murden]

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...]

#Ferguson: Finding Room in the Grieving [Levi Holland]

As I sat with a colleague, his question was, “With everything going on in Ferguson, what is the church’s response? We should be doing something!” It's a question I’m sure many people who care about humanity have asked. Should we join the protests? Should we advocate for equality by exposing the evil in this racial injustice? How do we do it in a way that is respectful to the victims of this tragedy? How do we do it in an integral way, not barging in as if we have all of the right answers, much li … [Read more...]

War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

I am a pacifist.What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes it possible to be violent toward the rest of creation as well. If I were to … [Read more...]