December 4, 2016

Jesus Showed Us! by Brad Jersak (Book Review)

Jesus Showed Us! by Brad Jersak (Book Review)

A little over a year ago, I reviewed Brad Jersak’s A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel. In so many ways, it was exactly what I had been needing. While folks like Greg Boyd and Brian Zahnd had introduced me to the idea of a God who looks like Jesus, it was Brad Jersak who helped me put all the pieces together into a full and rich theology, one soundly rooted in both scripture and church tradition (particularly the Eastern Orthodox tradition).

I have since then recommended his book to more people than I can count. I consider it to be among the most important and desperately needed works of our day. If you haven’t read it yet, I cannot urge you strongly enough to do so now.

Yet an important gap remained to be filled.

November 24, 2016

A Day of Thanksgiving?

A Day of Thanksgiving?

Today is called “Thanksgiving.” And there’s no doubt that I—well situated in my life of privilege—have much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my wonderful wife, without whom my life would be incomplete.

Meanwhile millions of LGBTQ couples live in fear that their marital rights will be revoked.

I am thankful for my amazing kids, who make each day so much brighter.

Meanwhile millions of immigrants live in fear that their families will be ripped apart through deportation.

November 23, 2016

Help Mark Van Steenwyk Buy Back The unKingdom of God

Help Mark Van Steenwyk Buy Back The unKingdom of God

A little over a year ago, I had the pleasure to review Mark Van Steenwyk’s book, The unKingdom of God. At the time I said that “if you do see a contradiction between the teachings of Jesus and the examples of his followers—and if you want to be a part of changing that—then I would definitely recommend taking a look at The unKingdom of God.”

Since then, I’ve stayed in contact with Mark via social media and come to know him as a friend. I’ve also become more convinced than ever how important books like this are for the church today. But two events have threatened to limit the spread of Mark’s book.

November 4, 2016

Does This Make Me a Bad Anabaptist?

Does This Make Me a Bad Anabaptist?

I have a confession to make. I don’t care very much about baptism. Does this make me a bad Anabaptist?

But I guess I should clarify: I actually care a lot about baptism; I just don’t care about baptism.

It is of incredible importance to me that we share in Christ’s death and resurrection. It is imperative that we unite ourselves with other believers to help one another as we seek to follow Jesus together. And I believe it is essential to begin our journey with a public affirmation of our belief that Jesus is Lord.

All of these things are baptism, and I care immensely about them. But I don’t really care about baptism.

October 26, 2016

A New Verse to a Favorite Hymn

A New Verse to a Favorite Hymn

To the tune of Frederick M. Lehman’s “The Love of God”:

The love of God no hand can stay,
Nor doctrine keep us from his heart.
Though we ourselves may turn away,
God’s love shall ne’er from us depart.

And though we fight God to the grave,
Death fails his love to forestall.
For to this end his life he gave,
That he might reconcile all.

October 23, 2016

This Nameless Movement of God

This Nameless Movement of God

I posted the following thoughts on my Facebook wall yesterday. The reaction to my post was so strong that I thought I’d share it with my blog readers, along with some additional thoughts.


There is a movement within Christianity for which I do not have a name.

We have many differences, despite our shared convictions. Some of us are conservatives, some liberals, and some progressives. You’ll find us among Evangelicals, Anabaptists, Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostals, and pretty much any other Christian denomination or tradition.

October 11, 2016

Logos 7 (Software Review)

Logos 7 (Software Review)

In case you haven’t heard, Logos 7 has arrived. I’ve been using Logos Bible Software as my primary study tool since Logos 5, and I am convinced that it is the best option out there for building a digital theological library. It has far more content available than any of its competitors, and the resources are linked together in ways that make it incredibly easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for.

The easiest (and cheapest) way to fill your Logos library is to purchase a base package. Base packages include an assortment of all the various kinds of tools needed for in-depth study, and they come in a number of different sizes and theological traditions. You’ll pay way less for the resources in a base package than you would for them individually. But keep reading to learn how to get Logos free!