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

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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...]

The Personal and Pointed Challenge of Benjamin Corey’s “Undiluted” (A Review)

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I just got finished reading Benjamin Corey's new book Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.And I loved it.I especially loved the way that Ben approached a somewhat familiar topic - the way that the teaching and life of Jesus in the Gospels corrects American cultural Christianity - in an unfamiliar way. That is, Ben's approach is both personal and pointed. Personal, in the sense that the book emerges from Ben's own spiritual journey in seminary and through the process of … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Here’s a Guy Rappelling Into an Active Volcano, Because We All Wanted a Glimpse of Fundamentalist Hell

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This is not what hell is like. But if we believe in the fundamentalist vision of hell, this is what it might be like. What else are you gonna do on a Tuesday? WATCH IT:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAdFvTo9874H/T Matthew Paul Turner … [Read more...]

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

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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]

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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...]

American Fundamentalism Goes Meta: a Week of Duck Dynasty Commentary (With a Splash of Osteen)

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You're probably aware of a few videos that have been rolling around the interwebz this week, two of which feature Duck Dynasty cast members talking about different, but strangely connected, topics. In fact, I think American fundamentalism goes a bit meta in these two videos, giving us the ultimate in self-referential Christian culture moments.First, Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander patriarch talking to Sean Hannity on Fox about what he would do with ISIS (because obvious foreign policy … [Read more...]

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

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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]

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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]

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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...]

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Announces He is Stepping Down From Mars Hill Pastorate, Plans to Move to L.A.

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Embattled Pastor Mark Driscoll has announced this morning that he is, in fact, stepping down from the pastorate of the church he founded, Mars Hill Church in Seattle, in light of formal charges of abusive leadership brought by former Mars Hill elders and other former colleagues.Returning from vacation noticeably more tan than usual, Mark began his video announcement to the church with these words: "Howdy, Mars Hill. So yeah, this month has been totally ridic. I'm out, bro. DONE. Forget angry … [Read more...]


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