David Fitch and Tony Jones On Hauerwas and the Emerging Church

I enjoy reading David Fitch’s blog regularly, and today he’s posted a great response to Tony Jones’ thoughts from last week on the Hauerwas Mafia. The post is an unpublished chapter from his recent book, The New Christians. His post is worth the read, it’s entertaining and provocative, especially for those of us who haveContinue reading “David Fitch and Tony Jones On Hauerwas and the Emerging Church”

Lineage, Belt Buckles and the BIG US. (Matthew 1:1-25)

Here’s my sermon from December 19th. This morning is the fourth and final week of advent. We have travelled long and far in our discussion this advent season, and hopefully some of the ideas, stories and experiences you have had thus far have been meaningful, maybe even transformative, to you. (We did an activity toContinue reading “Lineage, Belt Buckles and the BIG US. (Matthew 1:1-25)”

The Testimony of Enough (Matthew 6:19-34)

Editorial note: This week we discussed over email the question “What comes to mind for you when you think of plainness (or simplicity)?” We had a ton of responses from people on our church’s email group. All the responses were thoughtful and helpful. Because there was such a great response I didn’t have to coverContinue reading “The Testimony of Enough (Matthew 6:19-34)”

My Very Own False Advisers

Ryan, my doctoral adviser, sent this to me this morning, and I confess I had a good chuckle over the fact that all three of my PhD committee members are considered false teachers: “It’s common to see the promotion of false teachers from the Emerging Church Movement such as N.T. Wright, John Howard Yoder, StanleyContinue reading “My Very Own False Advisers”

Mission and the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

Here is the text from my sermon this morning. How many of you have prayed this prayer before (at least once)? How many of you pray it often? What has been your experience with the prayer? My hope is that we can renew our interest, gain an interest or learn new ways of thinking aboutContinue reading “Mission and the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)”

Resources for Studying the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11)

This Sunday morning we are beginning a series of discussions around the Disciple’s Prayer in Matt. 6-913 and Luke 11:1-4. The Our Father (Catholic) or Lord’s Prayer (Protestant) is also known among Quakers, and Anabaptists as the Disciple’s prayer, that is, it is the disciples who should be praying this prayer, and this one ofContinue reading “Resources for Studying the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11)”

Luke 1:1-4 Storyboards: Narration as Intervention (Sermon Notes)

This past Sunday we reflected on Luke 1:1-4, Luke’s introduction to his wonderful Gospel. “Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, IContinue reading “Luke 1:1-4 Storyboards: Narration as Intervention (Sermon Notes)”

Christian Nonviolence: An Incomplete List of Recources on Biblical Pacifism

Rhett asked me today about books I’ve found helpful on the subject of Christian nonviolence, which reminded me that I had planned on doing a post about some of my favorite books on the subject for quite some time. Here’s a list of books I recommend on the subject, they are in no particular orderContinue reading “Christian Nonviolence: An Incomplete List of Recources on Biblical Pacifism”