Hijacking Jesus (for the vote)

Politicians out-Christianing one another for the vote. How chic. What was once a threat to Caesar’s all-consuming power is now Caesar’s best ally. It’s no longer Satan (and Satan’s many voting minions) who concedes termporary power of the kingdoms of this world to all the political whores; rather, it’s Jesus. That Jesus guy certainly has turned a full ‘one-eighty’ since the first century. Here’s an interesting push by Chuck Gutenson... Read More

“A Faith Not Worth Fighting For” (is coming to get you)

The first volume of our three volume set in The Peaceable Kingdom Series is almost ready for release (June 1st, now make sure you check out that link for a suh-weet website). Below is a short review from the fine people at Publisher’s Weekly (note, this time I refer to them as ‘fine’ as opposed to my previous rant nailing them for their occasional habit of, seemingly, not reading the books they review). A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked... Read More

Five Questions with Brian McLaren

Is he on Hydra Island?! Brian McLaren recently stopped by in order to, I can only guess, further darken my already dark towels (you better know that reference). McLaren is the author of a number of books including, A Generous Orthodoxy, A New Kind of Christianity, and his most recent, Naked Spirituality. Resisting the temptation to ask if he enjoyed playing John Locke on Lost, my first question, as you will see, revolves around an important eschatological issue that is, apparently,... Read More

Five Questions with Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Jamie Arpin-Ricci is what happens when Franciscan sensibilities meet Anabaptist weirdness. Or, it could be the other around. I’m not sure. All I know is that if there is any hope for the possibility of Christian claims coinciding with Christian practices, I somehow think it resides within the aforementioned communities. Although, I’m certainly open to being surprised by a Protestant or two. Jamie plays an integral role in the Little Flowers Community, an intentional... Read More

Five Questions with Greg Boyd

Greg Boyd, PhD (Princeton) is Senior Pastor of Woodland Hills Church and is the author of such fine gems including, The Myth of a Christian Nation, Letters from a Skeptic, and Repenting of Religion. His greatest piece of writing, however, is probably his flattering and completely non-hyperbolic endorsement of my recent book, Third Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire. With allies like him, I may finally gain a few worthy foes. FIVE QUESTIONS... Read More

Third-Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire

Finally, after two decades of hard work (or, well, more like two years of me kind of trying), Third-Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire is finally out. This is a collection of brief theological articles discussing everything from national holidays to Steve Irwin, from Star Trek to parthenogenesis (and nope, Mother Mary, female whipped-tail lizards, and marmokrebs decidely do not get it on). Primarily, it’s a book about the co-opting... Read More