Political Choices and Decisions For Jesus

As the Republican and Democratic primaries rage on, folks across the country are being faced with a choice. For some that choice is a difficult one; for others it’s a matter of sanity versus outright stupidity. And I’ll admit, when it comes to the two GOP frontrunners, Decision ’16 pretty cut and dry for me: #NeverEither. But these political choices have me thinking about another choice, and maybe the parallel is more obvious than ever in this political season. Namely, the… Read more

America Walks the Emmaus Road: Brian Zahnd on the Secular and the Sacred

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. Chapter 7 may be the fullest exposition of Bishop BZ’s central thesis: that more secularism is precisely what the church doesn’t need (and more sacredness is precisely what we do need). And it starts with a timely illustration: A sense of the sacred may be… Read more

Victory Over the Devil: Jeremy Myers On the Accuser and the Atonement

On the cross, Jesus was victorious over sin, death, and the devil. While Christians often understand how Jesus was victorious over sin and death, we sometimes struggle with how Jesus defeated the devil. We must not think that between His trial and His resurrection, Jesus engaged in some sort of cosmic Western gun duel with Satan. It was not as if Jesus and Satan met on some dusty road in hell, each one squinting and grimacing at the other waiting… Read more

Gentler, Quieter, More Patient: Brian Zahnd Leaves Immature Faith Behind

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. This chapter dives into a particular part of Brian’s transition, inspired by St. Francis – from immature impatience to a gentler, quieter faith: I had cut my teeth on the eighteenth and nineteenth-century revivalists, but after three decades of that kind of Christianity, I came to… Read more

Brian Zahnd on the Anger and Fear Destroying Practice of Contemplative Prayer

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. This one builds upon the previous steps in Brian’s journey by disclosing the anger and fear destroying practice of contemplative prayer: Contemplative prayer is prayer without agenda, and largely without words. But this is not to be confused with just “thinking” about something. This is bringing… Read more

Katelyn Beaty compares Trump evangelicals to Mark Driscoll

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Christianity Today editor Katelyn Beaty makes an interesting comparison between the kinds of evangelical leaders that follow Trump and those who might follow or resemble Mark Driscoll: But there are evangelical leaders with whom Trump would feel quite at home. Like him, they are middle-aged men who refuse to submit to basic checks on their power and ego… So long as there is growth, many evangelicals hesitate to address clear and troubling… Read more

Brian Zahnd is Not Just Spiritual – He’s Religious

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Brian Zahnd’s brand new memoir Water To Wine. While I’ve missed a few weeks due to some family health issues, Brian has been gracious enough to let me share portions from each chapter every week for the next couple months. This chapter makes a startling claim – that being religious, not just spiritual, is precisely how we are Christian. In keeping with a healthy dose of rebellion, I unabashedly call myself religious. Self-identifying as a religious… Read more

The World Table – Toward an Intentional Commenting Community!

You may or may not have noticed the recent addition of a brand new comment system at the bottom of each post here at Faithfindings called “The World Table.” The basic functionality is the same as other comment systems, like Disqus, where you create an profile (use your Facebook or Twitter account to make it more convenient) and then leave a comment in response to the post. But it’s what happens beyond the basics that makes The World Table stand out among… Read more

Donald Trump and Franklin Graham: An Eruption of the Real

The following is a poem by the pseudonymous Blind Man at the Gate. It was inspired by a revealing statement recently made by Franklin Graham. An Eruption of the Real by Blind Man at the Gate It’s an eruption of the real when With the son of Billy Graham “Make America Great Again” Trumps “I was a stranger and you took me in” A ridiculous red hat Trumps The words written in red We want a wall A real classy… Read more

The Campaign Ad That Always Makes Me Misty (Yeah, It’s Bernie)

This year I decided to make no bones about my support of one of the Democratic presidential candidates. Bernie Sanders. And this video sums up why I feel that, as a Wesleyanabaptist messy-middle Christian, I can express my public support with no qualms. Namely, Bernie is the closest thing we have to a candidate who champions the cause of real people, real Americans, and particularly those who are struggling economically or marginalized and oppressed in some way. His campaign is a radical… Read more

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