Waiting for Advent

Nov 28, 2018 by

I’ve discovered there are two kinds of people in the world, and it’s one of the deep social divides polarizing the world. On the one hand are the people who put up Christmas trees and decorations on Nov....

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Non-dualistic thinking and apocalyptic theology

Aug 14, 2018 by

Many progressive Christians talk a lot about a spirituality that prizes non-dualistic thinking. This emphasis on non-dualistic thinking comes from contemplative Christian traditions that have been in...

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How did political progressives think they were Anabaptists?

May 15, 2017 by

Let me tell you the story about how many politically progressive Christians came to think they were Anabaptists. (I’m mainly talking about post-evangelical progressives rather than traditional mainline...

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The paradox of progressive political theology

May 4, 2017 by

I’d like to try to point out, as a progressive Christian, something that has been bothering me about progressive Christian political theology — a paradox, tension and inconsistency that keeps popping...

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The gospel according to Ta-Nehisi Coates

Aug 18, 2015 by

This is the final post of a six-part series examining theology through the lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between the World and Me. See the other parts here. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between the...

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The prayer of faith shall save the one who is sick

Jun 3, 2015 by

James 5:14-15 has always been a difficult text for me: James 5:14-15a NIV Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord....

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Shame is part of love

Apr 22, 2015 by

Shame has fallen on hard times. Much of this is due to increasing concerns about the public shaming of people on social media. See the recently published book by Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly...

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The small politics of the church

Mar 24, 2015 by

If you read a lot of Anabaptist theology you know that a key insight regarding the social and political witness of church is this: The social and political witness of the church is simply being the...

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The biggest obstacle to spiritual formation

Jan 29, 2015 by

I’ve spoken at a quite a few churches over the last few years and have had even more conversations with ministers and pastors at churches. Most of these conversations have been about hospitality, about...

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Why the Church needs her martyrs

Oct 16, 2014 by

Human life is the most sacred thing. Blood trumps everything. To be sure, many would rush to say that God is the most sacred thing. That God trumps everything. But in point of fact, that’s not true....

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Wiping the blood away

Sep 16, 2014 by

I was taking Kristi to the grocery store as I do from time to time. Kristi is blind and in a wheelchair and she suffers from some cognitive disabilities. Kristi is a friend from church who I visit at her...

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More than three minutes

Aug 28, 2014 by

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the...

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Are progressive Christians failures at prison ministry?

Jun 20, 2014 by

A few weeks ago Zach Hunt over at his The American Jesus blog asked the question: Can you have a church without a prison ministry? I’d say, no, you can’t. See: Matthew 25. And yet, many churches...

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How friendship saves the world

Apr 1, 2014 by

When you try to make friendships at the margins you can quickly become overwhelmed by the needs and brokenness of others. I don’t know how I can solve the problems of many of my friends. The issues are...

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Social media as sacrament

Feb 14, 2014 by

Rachel Held Evans sent out a Tweet Jan. 24 that said: “Nearly every blogger I know is burned out right now. Why do you think this is?” I think burnout is often the product of expectations. And one...

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