Spanking as Sexual Violence: A Survivor’s Story

Editor’s Note: Here on the Kingdom Outpost, we welcome submissions from readers with testimonies and thoughts to share. These may represent a range of views - the editorial team has a range of views on many issues as well.  This essay is a firsthand account of the effects of physical punishment in relation to sexual violence from a man and father who grew up in a conservative Mennonite church. He wanted to…

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The Gender Roles Debate: A Cruciform Kingdom Position (Part 1)

One of the most controversial yet fascinating topics of Scriptural study and application is the relationship between our cultural and society practices of gender, and the way gender and sex are discussed,  practiced, and defined in Scripture. What this essay attempts is a theological response to current debates in the Protestant and Evangelical world from a Kingdom theological perspective, outlining a position centering “cruciformity.” I hope that this essay will be a…

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Kingdom Womanhood: Making Home and Haven Part 2

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.John 14:2 We often think of the Kingdom of God as a nation. How often do we think of the Kingdom as a home, as a family? Yet God has always desired to tabernacle in and among us, and He desires to welcome all and sundry…

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Kingdom Womanhood: Making Home and Haven Part 1

What was lost at creation was a place and a space of abundance, perfect communion, and glory. Adam and Eve were one with each other and one in God’s presence. As disciples saved from the power of Satan, we are brought once again in God’s place and space: the New Creation. It is even MORE glorious and abundant than the old, because God doesn’t just restore and renew but takes what was…

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Loving Your Suffering Neighbour: Kingdom Outpost Study Series #3

“Why did the Anabaptist radicals reject the Zwinglian reformation?” Good question, and the answer isn’t as simple as you might think. You could say that they believed in believer’s baptism, in discipleship, in a purified church pursuing Christlikeness, and in the Kingdom of God… and you would be right. However, if we were to take a step back from well-worn discourses of Anabaptist theology, we will also find that they were addressing…

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Anabaptism and Empire: Kingdom Outpost Study Series #2

We are excited to share two videos from Anabaptist Perspectives on the subject of missions, imperialism, and colonialism involving Pastor Kai Steinman, Dr Marlin Sommers, and myself. Part 1: How Empire and Colonialism Perverted Missions Part II: Relearning the Kingdom Through Humble Mission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB8GMZwWjRM&t=1127s Continuing the discussion generated by these podcast episodes, this second installment of the Kingdom Outpost Study Series will begin to explore the history of Christendom. We could begin…

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Discipleship as Theology? Introducing the Kingdom Outpost Study Series #1

The Kingdom of God is the central proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ, and it stands in contrast with the fallen ways of darkness, sin, and oppression in the world's empires. The Kingdom of God is more than a worldview, because it is a ontology (way of being), not just an epistemology (way of knowing). It is transformative. There's a lot to it; it's not just one shallow idea to…

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