FAQs: Why is God Communal?

This is a guest article written by friend and colleague JR Rozko of Life as Mission. “FAQs of a Theologian” is a segment I run from time to time that seeks to answer basic questions that get asked of people with theology degrees. If you would like to submit a question contact me, or submitContinue reading “FAQs: Why is God Communal?”

5 Streams of The Emerging Church and Convergent Friends (?)

My Friend Jarrod McKenna sent me a link to this article the other, it’s written by Scot McKnight, professor of religious studies at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. The Article is called “Five Streams of the Emerging Church.”

Book Review on Brian McLaren’s “The Secret Message of Jesus”

This is a guest post, reprinted with permission, Review and rant by Jarrod McKenna. What’s emerging out of the “emerging church movement”? Ever wonder what will emerge out of the ‘emerging church movement’? Watching from the very different context of Australia it’s interesting to observe some of the heat Brian McLaren’s new book “The SecretContinue reading “Book Review on Brian McLaren’s “The Secret Message of Jesus””

FAQs: What is the value of confession?

Frequently Asked Questions (of a theologian) is a weekly segment where a guest or myself answers a question that gets commonly posed to theologians. The basic idea is to take a theological question and offer an answer that is concise and useful for ‘everyone else.’ If you’d like to submit a question, and we’d loveContinue reading “FAQs: What is the value of confession?”

The Yes and No of Protest: When Symbols Don’t Align With Our Reality

Much gets said about protest, some people like protesting and fill their lives with it, some have extremely negative feelings and argue it’s a waste of time and something Christians should not do. I’d like to briefly discuss what it means to be focused on the “Yes” of Protest as a Christian community that givesContinue reading “The Yes and No of Protest: When Symbols Don’t Align With Our Reality”

Moving Our Conversations Beyond Just Talk: Affirming Practices in Others

My last post about Jim Wallis’ new blog has generated an important discussion that’s got me thinking not only about the leaders we support but also what things about those leaders we support and where we draw the line (this post may not make a lot of sense unless you’ve at least looked those commentsContinue reading “Moving Our Conversations Beyond Just Talk: Affirming Practices in Others”

Things I Value in A Church: A Confession of Faith?

After writing three posts about things to look for when church shopping, I got to thinking about what things people would be looking for when they asked those questions. I am of the opinion that we all have certain things we look for when trying to find a church. So here are some of theContinue reading “Things I Value in A Church: A Confession of Faith?”

Books For An Introduction To Studying Bible and Theology

My housemate Chase and I were having lunch the other day and we started talking about important books that we would use if we were going to teach Bible and Theology students. Now granted we’re both from more of an Evangelical stream of Christianity so I recognize that some of these books may not appealContinue reading “Books For An Introduction To Studying Bible and Theology”