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Jacob S. Heiss
Works at First Free Church
Attended Princeton Theological Seminary
Lived in Chicago, IL
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I wrote this today in response to people asking me to frame out my "stance on same-sex marriage" while discussing the news of Exodus International's immanent closure.
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As requested and promised, here is the first post in a series of articles about building wealth in a sound, ethical, and broadly achievable way. This time around, we'll talk about the most basic lesson of all, and that is why (and to a certain extent, how) to gain command and control of the field of personal finance. Enjoy! http://www.jacobheiss.com/2012/02/gain-command-and-control-now-building-wealth-tip-no-1/
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I wrote this piece about why it is so critical to remember that God is still making all things new, reflecting on stuff I learned from Revelation 21. Would love to hear your thoughts...
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What does the beginning of the Jewish year have to do with the end of Moses? I set up a context to answer that question with this blog post while gushing about some sweet photos by Heather Blecher; check it out: http://www.jacobheiss.com/2011/09/the-end-of-moses-and-the-beginning-of-the-year-part-1/
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I asked my Roman Catholic attorney buddy, James Beal, to share some of his writing for a wider audience, and he sent me this killer piece of aesthetic philosophy, "What is 'Christian' Art?" http://www.jacobheiss.com/2012/04/what-is-christian-art/
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Valentines Day was originally a commemoration for martyrs, people butchered for their unyielding commitment to sharing God's love no matter what. So can we all agree to shuffle our various decks of expectation and get out there to kick some butt for love's sake? http://www.jacobheiss.com/2012/02/valentines-day-was-for-martyrs-so-kick-butt-for-love/
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The EFCA is an association of about 1500 autonomous churches and new church developments with a congregationalist polity and relatively brief statement of faith: http://www.efca.org/about-efca/statement-faith. The EFCA's national office does not currently ordain women to serve as pastors, but its flagship seminary, TEDS, admits women to all its degree programs and EFCA churches can call whomever they want to serve as a pastor given the way congregationalist polity works. (You'll notice an absence of discussing gender as a factor for ordination in the linked Statement of Faith.) So, I would say that the EFCA has a more inclusive policy for women than you probably think. Also, First Free is very supportive of women serving in positions of ministry leadership in particular, let alone being included and supported in the church family in general.

Does that answer your question? And thanks for the book tips!
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Today's the first full day of the Sukkot, the biblical holiday celebrating God's faithfulness in sustaining the Jewish people through decades of wilderness wandering between slavery in Egypt and promise in Canaan. Here's the second part of a three part series I'm writing on the last chunk of biblical narrative about this time in Dueteronomy 29:9 and following: http://www.jacobheiss.com/2011/10/the-end-of-moses-and-the-beginning-of-the-year-part-2/
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Yes, painting a nice, blue arrow directly to my Google+ profile link at precisely the same time that facebook rolls out another ridiculous set of changes has certainly endeared me to the utility that much more.
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  • First Free Church
    Associate Pastor, 2009 - present
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Chicago, IL - Princeton, NJ - Kansas City, MO - San Francisco, CA
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Jewish follower of Messiah Jesus living and serving in Chicago for 15+ years.
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Jacob is a Jewish follower of Jesus dedicated to celebrating life and bringing God glory by laboring to the end of love, reconciliation, healing, and justice for all. He is a pastor, mentor, and aspiring theologian currently serving alongside the women and men of First Free Church in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. A few of his passions include music, travel, philosophy, bicycling, poetry, go, parkour (before it was cool / laughable), and expanding horizons to uncharted vistas, no matter how taxing, mundane, or whimsical the process may seem.

Jacob grew up in an intentional community in Uptown, Chicago founded by Christian hippies in the 1970′s, where he received his elementary and secondary education. He achieved a B.A. in philosophy and applied mathematics with highest honors from Northeastern Illinois University, and he completed an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on systematic theology and Jewish-Christian relations. During free time not spent on this site or his homepage, he is just as likely found jogging beside a large body of water, sharing spirited conversations with others, engrossed in the Bible and thought-provoking literature, concertizing assorted public houses, and traipsing across urban and rural wilderness.

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  • Princeton Theological Seminary
    Theology, 2005 - 2008
  • Northeastern Illinois University
    Philosophy & Applied Mathematics, 1997 - 2003
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