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Laughing at Jesus

“And they laughed at him.” They laughed at Jesus. The girl was dead, and they knew it. And they also knew what dead meant: dead means dead. But Jesus had other ideas. The dad had told her: she’s dead. But the man also confessed: lay your hand on her, and she will live. With that, […]

Christian Hypocrisy

Christian Hypocrisy?

I don’t think deeply about the question of hypocrisy, but it fleets across my mind on a regular basis. Especially when we’re talking about religious hypocrisy, and that of my own tribe, Christian hypocrisy. It gnaws at the corners of my thoughts while I’m reading a book by an author, especially a Christian author, who […]

The Business of a Better World

This week I did an interview with Martin Reed of Blue Sea Labs. He is doing incredible work with the seafood industry and the distribution logistics that are necessary for sustainable food and mom-and-pop businesses to survive in an era of globalization. Here’s a taste: Sustainable seafood is an issue that addresses both environmental and […]

Henry V and the Kingdom of God

We need to understand the Biblical picture of the reign of God or, as Christians, we will enact poor parodies of that reign as we stumble our way toward Christian faithfulness. I confess, all of the anti-Empire work that’s floating around New Testament scholarship makes me more than a little nervous, as does N. T. […]

Gospel as Cruciform Kingdom

When Jesus was proclaiming the advent of the reign of God, he was proclaiming the good news (the gospel). The introduction to Mark tells us that his whole story demarcates the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ—and that story culminates in Jesus’ crucifixion and report of his resurrection. As I prepare for a […]

Kingdom of Abundance

The feeding narratives were supposed to tell the disciples everything they needed to know about Jesus’ identity–and their participation with him in the coming of the kingdom. At least, that seems to be what Mark wants us to think. Jesus feeds 5,000, and then when the disciples freak out at his coming to them on […]

The One Gospel?

I’ve recently been reading Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel, a book that has me digging around in some familiar territory of where the Rule of Faith fits into the Christian narrative, how well it represents the biblical story, etc. In dealing with “gospel,” McKnight starts with 1 Cor 15: “Jesus died for our sins […]

Image of the King

What does setting up an image have to do with rule? It’s sometimes argued that ancient kings would set up images of themselves in the lands they ruled as a reminder to all the people of who the king was–especially if he was not physically present. I’m not sure that this is historically accurate; however, […]