Do Millennials Really Want a Cool Jesus?

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A recent GQ exposé went behind the scenes at one of the fastest growing megachurches in America, Hillsong NYC. Shiny. Modern. Relatable. Cool. These were a handful of the adjectives used by author Taffy Brodesser-Akner to describe the experience. I was witnessing the logical conclusion of an evolutionary convergence between coolness and Christianity that began at the dawn of the millennium, when progressive-minded Christians, terrified of a faithless future, desperately rended their garments an … [Read more...]

Brian Zahnd on Losing Jesus and Finding Him Again…In Theology and Liturgy!

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My bishop-at-large Brian Zahnd wrote yesterday comparing the story of Mary losing young Jesus in Jerusalem to his own faith-experience of losing Jesus. He writes: Losing Jesus. Finding Jesus. Rethinking Jesus. This is how we make spiritual progress. This is the only way we make spiritual progress! Yes! This is exactly my experience, and it's at the heart of discovering what it means to be Jesus-centered anew and afresh. In fact, this is also at the heart of what it means to be a New Ch … [Read more...]

Where’s Worship? On the Loss of Adoration in Our Caroling

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At The Atlantic today, Emma Green astutely comments on the famous chorus in the beloved carol O Come All Ye Faithful - "Oh come let us adore him":Adore is a curious word. In English, it’s become a cutesy toss-off, best used around baby chicks (“Adoooorable!”) or under-$50 Christmas presents (“Oh, I just adore Yankee Christmas Candles!”). It denotes obsession, but in a sugar-high kind of way—a burst of intense affection that doesn’t necessarily reach the depths of the soul. But the word comes … [Read more...]

Love Expressed at the House of Grace (Tristan Sherwin)

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The following is a post by Tristan Sherwin taken from his book, Love Expressed.It must have been a picture – the pool of Bethesda mentioned by the writer of the fourth Gospel, as described in John chapter 5. A pool of water, mainly stagnant, surrounded by five covered porches, under which sat crowds (John’s words, not mine) of sick people – blind, lame, paralysed. All of them are waiting for one thing; ‘a certain movement of the water’ – this would be the voice that would call all nearby to a … [Read more...]

Volf, Islam, and a Jesus-Centered Take on Wheaton Professor Hawkins

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Yesterday, Yale theologian (and one of my theological leading lights) Miroslav Volf responded to the recent suspension of Professor Larycia Hawkins by Wheaton College. Hawkins wore a hijab to stand in solidarity with innocent Muslims who are increasingly targeted by harsh rhetoric and even violence because of jihadist terrorism.But that's not why Hawkins was suspended.She was suspended for saying that she, an evangelical Christian, and Muslims "worship the same God."Volf has, of … [Read more...]

Best Reads of 2015: Redeeming Sex…From Harmful Evangelical Categories

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One of the best books I read this year was Redeeming Sex by my friend Debra Hirsch - which may as well have added the subtitle From Harmful Evangelical Categories, because that's exactly what the book accomplishes. It's important to note from the outset that Deb's book is written from within and, to some degree, to the evangelical community. In other words, there are biblical and theological assumptions and commitments that Deb brings to this work that other writers and thinkers may not be … [Read more...]

Introducing Faithfindings

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During 2015, I didn't do very much blogging here at Patheos. In fact, I quit for a little while, and then came back with an attempt at a new direction that just didn't take.It was a bit of a disorienting year, and the last couple months were especially disorienting. But disorientation can be good. Because it is often precisely the thing that clears out old perspectives to make way for fresh vision. And that fresh vision is coming, slow and steady. In fact, it has taken the form of a l … [Read more...]

What I Mean By “New Charismatics”

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As I relaunch this blog as Faithfindings, I want to designate a space here for posts by and about the New Charismatics.But who are the New Charismatics, you ask?I wrote this piece for Onfaith a few months ago that gives at least a summary glance at what I mean by the term. It's not a formal category (you know, like Southern Baptist or Episcopalian), but it is descriptive of a stream, a movement of sorts, that a growing number of us identify with. And no matter what you call it, there are … [Read more...]

Some Jesus-Centered Voices on Paris: Bruxy, Volf, Merritt, and Smith

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I've been hesitant to weigh in, significantly at least, on the Paris attacks and the events that have followed - including the inevitable military counterpunch from France in the form of airstrikes on Syria, and the news of U.S. governors refusing Syrian refugees because of perceived security risks. But I've heard a few voices (amidst the online din) that have stood out for their clarity and Jesus-centeredness, and I wanted to share them here.The day after the attacks, Bruxy Cavey offered … [Read more...]

Goldilocks Theology and God’s Power – Thomas Oord

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This is a guess post by Thomas Jay Oord - be sure to check out his new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God.The story of Goldilocks and the three bears can help us think well about God’s power.Some theologians in Christian history have thought divine power means that God controls everything. They like to use the phrase, “God is sovereign.” Paul Kjoss Helseth, a contemporary advocate of the view, calls the view “divine omnicausality,” because God alone causes, preserves, and governs all thi … [Read more...]


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