Preview: Jesus is a Beautiful Outlaw

A quick look at John Eldredge’s book “Beautiful Outlaw..” Eldredge helps us rediscover Jesus as a very real person. Yes, He is fully God, and yes, He is fully man, but as a mysterious both, God the Creator did not cast off His infinite personality to become a flannel board, neutered get-well card of a deity.

Review: Explicit Gospel

I experienced sadness while reading this book. When I completed it, I distinctly remember shaking my head, thinking how I wish I’d had this resource in hand when I began serving in ministry as a 19 year-old. Chandler’s message is one for the American church that has allowed growth, family life centers, good works and …

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The Myth of Proximity

In Christian circles, you often hear the expression of  “doing life together.” In the past few years, German pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together has become an oft-quoted resource as well. Doing life together is the idea of spending quality, intentional time with others in order to encourage one another toward a deeper …

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Review: A Call to the Unconverted

I’ve mentioned before the importance of reading “old dead guys.” Too many Christians today are snacking on trendy preachers when they should be feasting on the proven preachers of history. Some who are popular and entertaining today are demonstrably heretics tomorrow.  A good place to jumpstart your reading is here. A Call to the Unconverted …

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An intro to Jesus Manifesto

I’m pretty pumped about starting Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. After all, when you’re posting about the introduction… If the church does not reorient and become Christological at its core, any steps taken will be backwards… the major disease of today’s church is JDD: Jesus Deficit Disorder. The person of Jesus has …

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A response to Jen Hatmaker

Having not been invited to speak in large churches in the first place, I figure that I’ve had similar experiences so I could readily identify with her indignation. Her blog entry is a beautifully-written description of the importance of Christians having a loving heart towards all people. She expresses deep concern for how some in the American church have turned off genuine seekers by their arrogance and judgmental attitude.