Read This Before You Drop the H-Bomb (“Heretic”) on a Fellow Christian  

I wrote the following article about how Christians misuse the word “heretic” and “heresy” with my friend, Greg Boyd.

“Heretic.” It’s a favorite word that many Christians have no problem dropping on the heads of their fellow sisters and brothers.

In common parlance, the term is used to describe any person who disagrees with “orthodox Christian teaching.” The problem, of course, is that there are different perspectives on what exactly constitutes “orthodox Christian teaching.”

Some claim this for Calvinism, while others claim this for Arminianism, or for Roman Catholicism, or for Eastern Orthodoxy.

And we must not forget the many Fundamentalist groups who reserve the term “orthodox” only for people who agree with every one of their distinctive beliefs and/or practices.

2,000 years down the church history pike and the body of Christ is sliced and diced into over 33,000 fragments, some of which pull the heresy lever at everyone else without blinking.[Continue Reading…]

Two Kinds of Leaders

The 112th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called “Two Kinds of Leaders.”

Be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

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Rethinking the Sabbath

My new RETHINKING SERIES is now available.

Those who have read my books Revise Us Again, Jesus: A Theography, and From Eternity to Here, are aware that those who follow Jesus Christ are not under the Law. Instead, we’ve been given the Spirit of the living God who fulfills the Law in and through us.

Consequently, the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament era have been done away with in Christ. The New Testament is clear that those laws were merely “shadows” pointing to Jesus.

That said, those who have not read the aforementioned books sometimes write us and ask, “Are Christians obligated to keep the Sabbath like the Old Testament Jews were?”

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You Are Not Alone

“The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

~ Richard Foster

In this post, I want to provide a platform for the sentiments of those who have moved “beyond evangelical” and who are part of “the deeper journey.”

Those who have moved “beyond evangelical” are, in fact, evangelicals. They hold to the core tenets of classic evangelicalism (the Bible, the cross, conversion, and activism), but they’ve gone on to the deeper things of God (the Eternal Purpose, the Indwelling Life of Christ, the Centrality and Supremacy of Christ, and the Practical Expression of the Ekklesia). And they are neither Right nor Left.

To give you a better idea, countless Christians I’ve met have uttered the following statements in face-to-face conversations, over emails, over coffee at conferences, and on this blog. I’ve compiled them all, editing them slightly for consistency to give you an idea.

Together, they form a collective confession of sorts reflecting the thoughts and feelings of those of us who are on “the deeper journey” and have moved “beyond evangelicalism.”[Continue Reading…]

Gutless Wonders

My new set of books,THE RETHINKING SERIES, is now available.

The 111th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s a sober talk about a sober subject.

I call it “gutless wonders.” It was recorded in December 2014.

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It’s Time for You to RETHINK!

For those of you who downloaded my Writing Breakthrough Seminar, I hope you’ve finding each session valuable.

That said, I’m super excited!

After many months of tirelessly working on it, my Rethinking Series is finally here and available!

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And my new bonus book – Practical Help for Christian Communities – is included in the series.

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The series contains each book in PDF, Kindle, and Nook formats.

But that’s not all.

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Is it Okay for Christians to be Rich?

The following is from Shane Claiborne in answer to the question, “Is it Okay for Christians to be Rich?”

Give it a thoughtful and prayerful read, then tell me if you agree or disagree in the comments and why.

In a future post, I will offer my own thoughts on the subject on what Shane says here.

You go first. ;-)

by Shane Claiborne

Asking if it is okay for Christians to be rich is a strange question. It is like asking if it is okay for Christians to overeat, or watch too much TV. It may be permissible, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. I believe Jesus came to set us free — and one of the things he wants to set us free from is our obsession with money and possessions. Which is why he says such harsh things like “Woe to you who are rich…” (Luke 6:24). [Continue Reading…]

What You Didn’t Know About C.S. Lewis PLUS The Current Move of God

Okay, so there’s no post today. Not here anyway.

But there are two new posts that you can read elsewhere.

First is my article on Patheos called Shocking Beliefs of C.S. Lewis.

It’s the first installment of a new series I’m writing on the Patheos blog network.

Second is an article I wrote for New Wineskins Magazine in 2008 called The Current Move of God: 8 Characteristics.

It was recently published on another website.

Check out both articles by clicking on the above links. And if you like them, feel free to share the links.

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