Theology

Preach the Gospel (and, yes, use words) 4
by / on July 18, 2011 at 12:35 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Preach the Gospel (and, yes, use words)

The less you talk about the God, the less likely you will make him known to anyone. Again the Christian life isn’t fundamentally about you. Evangelism doesn’t refer to a certain style or way of talking. It is the process of making God known.

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Gandhi, Lao Tzu & Jesus’ Other Sheep 18
by / on June 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Gandhi, Lao Tzu & Jesus’ Other Sheep

When RE blogger Nate Roberts first started discovering God in places that God wasn’t supposed to be — in the life of Gandhi, Eastern religious traditions, etc. — it startled him… until he remembered Jesus’ teaching about other sheep.

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Was Osama Bin Laden Evil? 6
by / on May 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Was Osama Bin Laden Evil?

Only God truly knows what evil is. We just like to pretend we do. All too often we, like those who have come before us, see evil exclusively in the faces of our adversaries and good only in those who bless us.

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Good Friday Exposes Our Sinful Relationship With Creation 4
by / on April 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Good Friday Exposes Our Sinful Relationship With Creation

Creation is worse off now, by almost every measure, than it was back on the first Earth Day. Ben Lowe says that Christians should care, unpacking the Genesis story and what it reveals about our broken relationship with creation.

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Otherness and the Broken Body of Christ 5
by / on March 14, 2011 at 7:00 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Otherness and the Broken Body of Christ

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Chicago. The city is beautiful and diverse but also astoundingly segregated. Christians often act as if the Kingdom of God is supposed to look like Chicago. In theory, we support the vision of a diverse, integrated and interdependent body of Christ, but we sure don’t want to venture outside of our neighborhoods.

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Why Love Rarely Wins (Sorry Rob Bell) 19
by / on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Why Love Rarely Wins (Sorry Rob Bell)

Why don’t Christians like black sheep? Evangelical social psychologist Dr. Christena Cleveland explores the Rob Bell theological controversy through the lens of social psychology and arrives at some provacative new conclusions.

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Modern Girl’s Guide to the Gospel 10
by / on March 3, 2011 at 8:21 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Personal Stories, Theology

Modern Girl’s Guide to the Gospel

Like Mary Magdalene, Jesus calls women by name, to serve God. This is God coming for us specifically as females, calling us to lay claim to evangelicalism ourselves — our important role in the in-breaking of God’s kingdom into the world — no matter what our religious affiliation or belief system.

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Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate? 6
by / on March 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith, Theology

Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate?

Attending a mostly white evangelical College as an African American male with roots in the historic Black church resulted in a paradoxical shift in my Christian faith. It was a time that I matured spiritually while simultaneously growing increasingly disillusioned with evangelicalism.

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Young Evangelical’s Prayer for John Piper and Rob Bell 27
by / on February 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Young Evangelical’s Prayer for John Piper and Rob Bell

A young evangelicals’ prayer for John Piper, Rob Bell and Christians everywhere in the midst of conflict with one another — with hope for resolution, reconciliation, and restoration.

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Farewell Rob Bell (or, John Piper’s Inferno) 74
by / on February 28, 2011 at 11:41 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Farewell Rob Bell (or, John Piper’s Inferno)

With a three word tweet about Rob Bell’s new book, John Piper unleashed an online firestorm within the evangelical world about heaven, hell and — more specifically — the question of ‘who goes where?’.

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