Logos 6 is Here – and So is a New Depth and Seamlessness of Study and Reflection


You may have seen updates floating around the web last week to the tune that the brand new version of the epic Logos Bible software had arrived.And let me tell you, it is AMAZING.This is the first time I've owned a full version of the software and I am just barely scratching the surface of what this thing can do. But already my Bible study is reaching a new level of depth, and really, bringing me back to a passion for pursuing Jesus in his Word that had somewhat waned in recent years. … [Read more...]

Love Fierce as the Grave…and Better than Death With Dignity


Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. - Song 8:6 In my mid-twenties, fairly newly married, I became somewhat passionate about the passion in the Song of Songs. My pentecostal/charismatic upbringing either avoided the Song entirely or allegorized it into a lesson on "intimate" prophetic prayer and worship - accompanied, of course, by songs that said things like "take me into your chambers" and "I want to taste the k … [Read more...]

BREAKING: The Mars Hill Church Organization Will Be Dissolved by January 1, 2015


In a letter from Dave Bruskas to Mars Hill Church posted on the church's website, a plan for making all Mars Hill sites independent and dissolving the centralized organization was announced today:  The decision to plant independent, self-governed churches has significant ramifications for the existing Mars Hill Church entity. Our central staff members, who have served and labored so faithfully, have already begun work on establishing many of the details to enact this plan, under the following g … [Read more...]

Why Christians Should be INSATIABLE Trick-or-Treaters [Andrew Arndt]

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I have four kids.  Last year, the oldest three were finally old enough (and aware enough to really want) to trick or treat. So we went for it.  They decided on their costumes, mom helped them put it all together, we got our pails ready, and out into the darkness we went.  A couple Nintendo characters, a princess, and a father who would rather be watching Thursday night football but is putting up a show of support for the wee ones. Off we went down our street, and within a very short amount of t … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Reformation Catalysts: Will Millennials Save the Church?

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This is a Free-Form Follow Friday Guest Post by Sara Blakeney. Bio at the bottom.When the Israelites rebuilt the temple during the reign of King Ezra, many of the elders who remembered the grandeur of Solomon’s temple wept aloud. But others shouted for joy as they saw the temple’s foundation being laid, because they knew that the rebuilding represented a new era. The result was an indistinguishable cacophony of rejoicing and weeping that could be heard for miles. (Ezra 3:10-13)I’m heari … [Read more...]

Skinny Jeans, Ruffled Feathers, and Kingdom Mission: My Interview with Scot McKnight


One of my theological heroes is Scot McKnight. He recently released a new book called Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. And it is a doozy...in all the right ways! (Check out the book website here.)Here's my interview with Scot: Z: Hi Scot, thanks so much for joining us over here! I love your new book and think it's a really timely addition to the conversation. But enough with my opinion - what prompted you to write it? Scot: I have been thinking a … [Read more...]

Learning to Make Disciples…AA Style [Fr. Tony Bleything]

My name is Fr. Tony Bleything, I'm an Alcoholic and a Drug Addict. Okay, so I don't say Fr. Tony Bleything at the 3 to 4 AA meetings I go to per week, but I do identify each time as an alcoholic and an addict.  I'm sure I sound like a broken record at our church but I truly believe that if the church took note of the work of Alcoholics Anonymous, they would surely learn a great deal about making disciples.For the past few months I have been reflecting on what I can learn about discipleship fr … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Divine Wife-Beating & Three Things God’s Wrath Cannot Be

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John Piper needs new PR.Especially on social media. For all of his intelligence, and apparent earnestness, he has a tendency to type out some pretty horrendous metaphors and some appalling 140-character verse. Like this beauty the other day:Lurvely.One can certainly see the hyper-neo-Calvinist train of thought here to the tune that God's wrath toward the totally depraved elect is "drained" as he pours it out on Christ in his torture, suffering, and death. This penal … [Read more...]

Believe Something Already: Emergent, LaBeouf, & the Growing Senselessness of Doubt

Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word.  Last week, two seemingly unrelated blips appeared on my Internet radar and struck a strangely similar chord: Tony Jones's statistics about the emergent/emerging church, and Shia LaBeouf's interview on Interview Magazine. I'm not entirely sure what point Jones was trying to drive home … [Read more...]

A New Master of Arts in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary – Changing the Face of Seminary Training


Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring much more of pastors than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the ministry skills of preaching, teaching, counseling and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community. And not only are new skills needed, but a new way of teaching them is needed.  We need a less expensive way that keeps future church leaders from being burdened with debt.  And we need a training that fits into th … [Read more...]