Rooted: Missional in Suburbia [KrisAnne Swartley]

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Nine days out of ten, I feel like I am walking upstream, fighting a current that is twice as strong as my legs. I am a “missional pastor” in one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania. Ours is the land of McMansions, SUVs, competitive kids’ sports leagues, malls and big box stores. My township does not have sidewalks. A classic missional practice - “walk your neighborhood!” - means taking my life in my hands as cars zip past me at 50+ miles an hour. The most sustained interaction I have had w … [Read more...]

Rooted: Missional as Creative Christianity

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Today we begin a month-long series here on the blog called "Rooted: Revisiting Missional Church." And I want to kick things off by recasting the concept of missional as something I call Creative Christianity.A while ago I tweeted this:https://twitter.com/zhoag/status/391580061591437312The problem with how the concept of missional has been utilized by the North American church over the last 10-15 years is the inevitable drift toward programming and commodifying it. In other words, m … [Read more...]

PROOF That Al Mohler is Right About Yoga (and It Doesn’t Matter)

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On a recent podcast, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler enlisted the research and expertise of Candy Gunther Brown to prove that he is, in fact, right about yoga.And guess what?He is.If you're shocked that I would say such a thing, on the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel no less, let me make something clear. I have not had a recent conversion experience. I am not switching teams, joining an Acts 29 church, subscribing to The Blaze, and making donations to … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot…Moms?

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Today I'm writing over at my church's #BelieveInPlace blog: My friend Stephanie Drury searches Twitter every Friday night for Christian men talking about going on “date night” with their “smokin’ hot wives.” There is literally an endless number of tweets that emerge from the search, using those exact words. Misogyny and objectification are cultural realities – we know this – but they are also Christian Cultural realities.So what does that mean for moms?To say nothing of the harmfulness o … [Read more...]

The Best Christian Dating Site EVER: ChristianTingle.com

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Is this a parody? BECAUSE IT ALMOST ISN'T! Here are parts 1 and 2 of the hilarious ChristianTingle.com spoof by Tripp & Tyler:Part 1:Part 2: What do you think? Is this a startlingly accurate take on dating in Christian Culture? … [Read more...]

Beyond Mere Imitation: Looking Back on Holy Week [Daniel Karistai]

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We’ve all heard the sermon, right? You know, the badly regurgitated version of substitutionary atonement with more than a little bit of an obsession with the eternal hellfire bit of the formula. If you don’t know what I’m talking about come visit me in New Orleans. I’ll take you down to Bourbon Street one night and we’ll invariably find a guy who is quite literally standing on a soapbox and shouting through his microphone to anybody that will listen about the sort of future they will have if they … [Read more...]

Five Problems With Grace

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I know, I know. If there is anything sacred in the American church today, especially among younger, post-evangelical, and charismatic Christians, it would be the concept of grace.While the neo-Calvinists certainly talk about grace - doctrines of grace, irresistible grace, saving grace, common grace, etc. - they are often not so gracious, you know, to people who don't agree with them about homosexuality and hell (the latter being the place where those who don't fit their idea of grace end … [Read more...]

Telling My Story & Naming the Master

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On Friday I told a little bit more of my story over at A Deeper Story. Here's an excerpt: Coming to terms with emotional abuse often requires a catalytic experience of some kind – a hardship, a betrayal, a tragedy, a death. It’s the cold water awakening you from the slumber. It’s the shift that triggers a sudden, inescapable eruption of the Real. It’s the heat that brings the truth to a boil. Pretty early on I knew that what I was experiencing was not right. But I suppressed that knowledge in t … [Read more...]


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