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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She has done a beautiful thing: Kingdom Womanhood as Declaration

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. (Mark 14:6) Coming to Jesus fundamentally changes our entire being and existence in this world. This new life we live is in the power of God, rather than Satan (Acts 26:18). We have been delivered from darkness into Christ’s Kingdom (Colossians 1:16). We have been born again (John 3:3). We are now children of…

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(Short Video) We’re missing the point of “Anabaptism”

https://youtu.be/zgGGnsBnhiE A major point in Reformation history is staring us straight in the face. The Anabaptists never called themselves Anabaptists. They just called themselves "disciples", "brothers". There's a reason why everyone else started calling them Anabaptists, which basically became like a synonym for "crazy radical". It was an easy way to dismiss what they had to say. Menno Simons would say, "True evangelical faith...". That is what they were preaching. That is…

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Sacred Euphoria

Euphoric mysticism probably conjures up images of hippies smoking weed, doing yoga, and opining about Krishna. However, mysticism doesn’t only belong to eastern religions. It’s central to discipleship to King Jesus.  Euphoria According to Merriam-Webster, euphoria simply means “a feeling of great happiness and excitement.” It’s pure ecstasy, that moment when you are on cloud nine. The word was derived from the Greek word euphoros, which means “healthy.” Since then, it has…

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Visions of Zion: Patriarchy as Promise, the Kingdom as Inheritance

“Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig treeAnd no one shall make them afraid.”They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve madeI wanna sit under my own vine and fig treeA moment alone in the shadeAt home in this nation we’ve made.” This is one of the most beautiful lines in the musical, “Hamilton”, sung by George Washington’s character. It is a reference within a reference - Washington wrote something very…

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God Loves the Wicked? A New Theodicy

[For an extended audio version of this article, check out the podcast episode]Theodicies are a big deal. Whether you know the term "theodicy" or not, you probably know a theodicy or two if you're a Christian. It's pretty much required, as remaining a Christian without knowing a few theodicies would be intellectually difficult. Whether you yourself have struggled with doubt about God and his goodness, or whether someone you know has struggled…

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Sexual Sin, Purity, and Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Sexual holiness is not merely the absence of lust but the overcoming reality of love... Avoidance of the human beings that supposedly “cause” lust only cements in one’s mind that that other people exist solely as objects of sexual possession and fantasy. The Violence of Lust and Pornography by Rebekah Mui This series has thus far examined the way of Christ the Shepherd in contrast with the way of thief and adversary,…

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