sorting things out

A lot of what I’ve been thinking and writing lately has definitely been influenced by the sorts of thinking I try to flesh out here, but it’s been more of a… “pastoral” nature, I suppose, more “meditative” than “theological”, or something like that. I’ve started writing more of those things on the blog at the Ecclesia site. These are questions I’ve been tossing around that might relate more to concrete praxis than to more theoretical concerns, which is probably more what I’ve been doing here.

I still want to blog here about theology and politics and whatnot (though I haven’t so much lately), and it would probably be more appropriate to keep my more “pastoral” sorts of writings to the church blog and the other stuff here since I am, well, kind of a pastor of the church. I think I will add an RSS widget to the site here so that way if people want they can keep up with my other musings.

Eventually more people than just me will be writing on the church blog, at least from time to time, but for now I have run of the place. I can’t wait to get some more voices involved! 🙂


First post at Jesus Manifesto

My first post as a co-author of the Jesus Manifesto blog went live this morning. It’s a meditation on Ecclesiastes, “meaninglessness”, and the nature of empire.

There’s some really great stuff being written over there, so please go and check it out. In a couple of days I will be starting a series related to my presentation at the Cynicism and Hope conference a couple of weeks ago called “Anarchism, Christianity, and the Prophetic Imagination”. An audio recording of my session will be available on the conference web site, if it isn’t already.

Also if you are the praying type I would appreciate your prayers. This week the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto is reviewing my application for their MA in philosophy program, so I’m a bit nervous and excited at the same time.


Jesus Manifesto to relaunch 10/22 as collaborative effort

Mark van Steenwyk’s blog, The Jesus Manifesto, exploring how to follow Jesus in the context of American Empire is on a short hiatus while he gears up for its new collaborative future. He will continue to write as much as he has before, but now instead of a solo voice it’s going to be more of a chorus, I guess you could say. I’ve been a longtime admirer of the blog, and now I will be one of the contributors, having committed to posting at least biweekly. I’ll have to sort out a bit what’s going to be the difference between my posting there, my posting here, and my posting at the Submergent site, a conversation for emerging church-influenced Anabaptists (or Anabaptist-influenced Emergents), but it should be good. I highly recommend adding both sites to your feed reader.