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Kurt Willems
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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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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!

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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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A helpful guest post...

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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.

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For those suffering from a dose of nonviolence burnout...

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Welp... it's sad but a helpful reminder...

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May she rest in peace as she awaits the resurrection.

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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.

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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.”
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