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.