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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Political Faultlines: A New Fracturing of Conservative Anabaptism

Anabaptism has long existed on a spectrum. Presently, groups as culturally distinct as the Old Order Amish and as theologically and socially liberal as the Mennonite Church in the Netherlands all consider themselves to be under the umbrella of Anabaptism. In this article we will limit ourselves to America, and to the center-right of this spectrum, somewhere between the Old-Order groups and the assimilated ones. For those North American conservative Anabaptist insiders,…

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The Temptation of Bibliolatry

I often read the Bible with an air of arrogance. Sometimes I elevate myself above the foolish Israelites who, even after seeing God part the red sea or deliver them from empire, still choose to rebel against this omnipotent and benevolent God. At other times I am appalled at the Ancient Near East’s barbaric practices like that of sacrificing their own children to the gods. Clearly, I am so much better than…

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More with Less: The Politics of Jesus in Everyday Living

The question we need to ask is, are we operating by the world's definition of "politics" and Kingdomhood, or Jesus's? What did He do that was political, that threatened Herod, Pilate and Caesar? The Kingdom of God is not merely to be proclaimed, it is to be lived. Our lives, our communities, our social interactions, our private household comings-and-goings - these are where we are called to do the politics of Jesus.…

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The Temptation of Power

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  --Lord ActonYes, sooner or later – later, if he is strong or well meaning to begin with – but neither strength nor good purpose will last – sooner or later the Dark Power will devour him.”  -- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring The history of the world is rife with stories of men who made power their aim.  Looking back to…

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(Book Review) Bonhoeffer’s “Cost of Discipleship” and the Deconstructing Church

I shall never forget the first impression my twelve-year-old self had of a yellowed, tattered paperback copy of Bonhoeffer's well-known Cost of Discipleship. We were in the Bible school library, and when I flipped the book open and my eye fell on the first place I felt immediately that here in this book was something beautiful. I felt something. This feeling was like a seed planted in my heart. This book has…

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