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God, help us to remember…
…that noble men and women have died in war. Many whose motives were pure, believing that this sort of sacrifice was Your will. May those of us who claim to be peacemakers remember that soldiers of any nation usually believe that their fight is for a moral good. Therefore, help us to be slow to pass judgment and quick to offer hospitality.
God, help us to remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life. So on this Memorial Day weekend we remember that Your int...
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Sometimes, we American Christians simply need to starve a little. Yet, the way in which we enter into Ash Wednesday and the rest of Lent doesn’t have to be out of a posture of guilt. Rather, grace compels us to starve ourselves of the things that potentially block our awareness of God and neighbor. For those of us who are rich Christians (any of us who live in the West), our mortality unites us to all people everywhere. It also reminds of the beauty of grace. We will one day return to dust, but our ultimate hope is that our dust will be reanimated on that Final Day of resurrection.
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are powerful words that are often recited as ashes are applied to the forehead of Christians. For the past few years of my life, As...
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Several people are saying that this article describes their experience in the church. You?
It's been 3.5 years since I originally coined the phrase "Evangelical Reject." And a lot has happened in those years, in my life and in the culture of the church in America. For one, when I origina...
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Hey Kurt ... great follow-on article.  One that will certainly resonate with the stuff I'm about to post in the next phase of my apologetics series, actually.  But you have a typo on there:

5) You hate culture wars and wish certain Christians would stop waisting their energy and giving God a bad name.

"waisting" should be "wasting."

Love it!  Keep it up!

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"The best thing we can do during the Holidays is to choose to lose the “war for Christmas,” so that we don’t fail to show our culture Jesus."
Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. Yesterday, my friend Jeff Clarke wrote: However, when we post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our demand for people toKeep Christ ...
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Playing the race card? "And what we have always known is that the deck is stacked against us."
From Kurt: The following post comes from my friend Drew Hart. Read his blog! Also, read his full bio a the bottom of this post. He's not only a gifted thinker on issues pertaining to theology and r...
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The primary message of Ephesians 5 to husbands isn’t–”you’re the spiritual head/leader… so love and lead like Christ. Be the head of the home, but do so sacrificially [insert here: get a job to provide, make the major decisions, allow the wife to stay home to deal with the domestic sphere, etc.].”
Rather, Ephesians 5 has a different point: “Husbands, in this Roman culture men have all the privilege, but in submission out of reverence for Christ, you are invited to take the lead in crucifying your privilege. In doing so, you look like Jesus and can be part of a marriage of mutual image-bearing and kingdom co-leadership.”
... 21 and submit to each other out of respect for Christ. 22 For example, wives should submit to their husbands as if to the Lord. 23 A husband is the head of his wife like Christ is head of the c...
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Hell drives some Christians mad as they wait for that perfect moment to whip out a gospel tract as though it were our U.S. Passport at a dangerous foreign checkpoint. Our preoccupation with slipping in the Scriptures and the “ultimate question” makes us into terrible human friends driven by agenda.
Hell is real, in some form or another. Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed...
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Even dispensationalists friends can work for justice for the Palestinian people--here' how....
Hebron. It is the city where one building, separated by bulletproof glass, is both a mosque and synagogue. Here houses the legendary burial sites of Abraham and Sarah (Tomb of the Patriarchs). Hebr...
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Question: Do you know of any Kingdom focused Children's books? Answer: Here's my list! ...and it's growing!
In this post, I've attempted to create a list of books for families who are followers of the way of Jesus. As Christians, we are called to foster the imaginations of our children so that they will ...
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Before we paste the latest poster on Facebook that seeks to exercise dominance and control by forcing Christ unto our friends, please take a moment to stop, reflect and reconsider our options.
*Guest Post: By Jeff K. Clarke ————————– Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase all over the place - from Facebook posts, T...
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A mom walks into a museum to debunk evolution on video... video goes viral... Many Christians are left scratching their heads.... #FalseDichotomy
Recently the internet has been abuzz with an interesting story (Here's where I read about it: Watch a home-schooler mom go through a science museum and destroy evolution). A homeschool mom, who is ...
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Kurt Willems (M.Div., Fresno Pacific) is an Anabaptist writer preparing for a church planting project with Urban Expression and the Brethren in Christ. He writes at the Pangea Blog and is also on Twitter and Facebook. Kurt is a contributing writer for Red Letter Christians, and has also written for Relevant Magazine, The Ooze, Emergent Village, Mennonite Weekly Review, Converge Magazine, and Sojourners. ***To stay connected subscribe by email!  

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A Prayer from a Pacifist on Memorial Day
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God, help us to remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life.

Lent: Because sometimes rich Christians simply need to starve a little
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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are powerful words that are often recited as ashes are applied to the fore

Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships
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Hell is real, in some form or another. Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills p

Why Christians Should Care About Hebron in the West Bank
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Hebron. It is the city where one building, separated by bulletproof glass, is both a mosque and synagogue. Here houses the legendary burial

Saturday Night Live Goes to Christmas Church Service (Hilarious!)
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This is one of those things... I just had to share. Check it out. Laugh a lot!

Ethical Children’s Books for the Christian Activist Family
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In this post, I've attempted to create a list of books for families who are followers of the way of Jesus. As Christians, we are called to f

Jesus was Born in Bethlehem, NOT Rome: Choosing to Lose the “War for Chr...
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Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. Yesterday, my friend Jeff Clarke wrote: However, when we post on Facebook,

2 Reasons NOT to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’
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*Guest Post: By Jeff K. Clarke ————————– Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We s

We’re not playing the race card; we’re analyzing the racialized deck.
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From Kurt: The following post comes from my friend Drew Hart. Read his blog! Also, read his full bio a the bottom of this post. He's not onl

Christian Quotes that “Destroy” a Homeschool Mom’s Museum Demolition of ...
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Recently the internet has been abuzz with an interesting story (Here's where I read about it: Watch a home-schooler mom go through a science

10 Podcasts on the Book of Revelation and Empire
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Revelation is a book of hope.Revelation is a book of sacrifice.Revelation is a book of gardens and cities.Revelation is a book that exposes

Logos 6: Why I’m a Big Fan
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There are several ways to do bible study. The old fashion way, with a Bible, books, and journal works just fine. You can highlight, crease y

The End of Sacrifice: The Eucharist as Christ’s Nonviolent Presence
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In this post, I want to explore the connection between Rene Girard's view of sacrifice and the nonviolent empowerment of the church through

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