Three Reasons You’re Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

2014-01-21-orthodox

In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other. On the conservative side, progressives are viewed as morally bankrupt libertine weaklings who lack the backbone to stand up to "the culture." In the words of one famous conservative preacher, this is because they are a bunch of ivory tower elites who are "educated beyond their intelligence."But on the progressive side, the … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 2

Well, I meant to have this up a week or so ago, but alas, work got the best of me.So here's the substance of my review of David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw's book, Prodigal Christianity. (For background, see Part 1.)In the last post, I highlighted a few minor gripes. In this post, I plan to do some major glowing as I survey the substance of the book. As mentioned, in Prodigal Christianity Dave and Geoff have managed to summarize my own ministry journey over the last 10 years, and the … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 1

Some books show up at just the right time.In a recent review of Creating a Missional Culture by J.R. Woodward, I wrote about how the practical stories and ecclesial exhortations in the book felt like the timely, comforting voice of God to me in the midst of fresh heartache from closing our church plant, Dwell, last August.Prodigal Christianity by my two friends David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw has been a well-timed book, to be sure.But in a different sort of way.It hasn't been a pe … [Read more...]

Bringing Unsexy Missional Back

Next week, the long-awaited (for folks like me, at least) and much-Internet-heralded #futuregospel event will be happening in Washington, D.C. That is, the first-ever Missio Alliance National Gathering.And if I have one hope for this conference, this meeting of some wonderful and diverse minds, it is this: I hope we can bring unsexy missional back. Now, I'm not saying that Mike Friesen shouldn't dance like Timberlake in front of a lot of people, because he totally should you guys. And I'm … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll & the Empty Politic of Evangelicalism

We evangelicals have a problem.And the problem is, simply put, that we do not know how to tell the truth.If that sounds harsh, hear what I mean: it is not that we don't think we are telling the truth (we do), it is that we have so constructed the "master signifiers" of our faith and life that we no longer know how to be really, deeply honest - with ourselves or with the world. And, unfortunately, it is the world that is the most painfully aware of this.I've spent a good deal of … [Read more...]


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