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Studying Paul matters because when we get him wrong, we risk setting up a trajectory that looks contradictory to the way of Jesus. Jesus, as Paul understood him, taught that the Law was good and that love is the centerpiece of the Law. If we are committed to the “law of love,” then we must take our approaches to Paul with the utmost seriousness. Talking about Paul in intelligent ways isn’t something for only the ivory tower of academia; it is something that has profound ramifications for our ability to love others as Christ commanded and Paul upheld. Studying Paul really does matter. In fact, it’s a matter of life and death.
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Get an online seminary degree with an ‪#‎Anabaptist‬ viewpoint and guest faculty: Bruxy Cavey, Brian Zahnd, Greg Boyd, and others. Check it out! My alma mater introduces a Masters of Arts in Ministry, Leadership, & Culture: http://learn.fresno.edu/mlc/
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The God card will continue to be played, but who's really getting played are Christians in America who put their energy and hope into the Christianness of a candidate.
It’s impossible to be the president of the United States and to follow Jesus. But we Christians love fighting about this or that candidate as if they will bring the sword of the Lord to bear upon t...
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Welp... it's sad but a helpful reminder...
This is an animated film, but for some reason it was still hard to watch. There is so much truth in this short video, but I'm not so sure we can handle the truth. It hurts. But there is hope. Follo...
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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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I am so excited to have launched my new podcast this week! I hope you will check it out, give it some love on line, and offer feedback!
The Paulcast: A Podcast all about the Apostle Paul launches this week. Help get word out and win a book!
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Thank you Paul. I love it and I will read it again and again and publish it. Thank you.

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A helpful guest post...
The following post is written by my friend Preston Sprinkle. He comes at this conversation, as someone with a fairly traditional theological perspective and yet full of love and openness. At our ch...
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Not even. This is an abomination to me.
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For those suffering from a dose of nonviolence burnout...
The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly....
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May she rest in peace as she awaits the resurrection.
In no way do I want to create a one-for-one correlation between St. Paul and Kelly Gissendaner. Paul's violence was religiously motivated (always evil in light of Christ) and Kelly's was motivated ...
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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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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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Introducing: The Paulcast Podcast & Easy Book Giveaway (Books about ...
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The Paulcast: A Podcast all about the Apostle Paul launches this week. Help get word out and win a book!

Presidents Can’t Follow Jesus, So Christians Quit Fighting About It!
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It’s impossible to be the president of the United States and to follow Jesus. But we Christians love fighting about this or that candidate a

Giving Up on Nonviolence: For Those Who Want to Believe Peace is Possible
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The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea

Many American Christians Would Call for the Execution of St. Paul #Kelly...
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In no way do I want to create a one-for-one correlation between St. Paul and Kelly Gissendaner. Paul's violence was religiously motivated (a

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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