View Post

Protestants Don’t Know What to Do with Mary

In Theology by Kurt WillemsLeave a Comment

6 Minute Read Mary. There’s something about her, so they say. Protestants haven’t known what to do with her. I’ve seen two basic trends. 1) Protestants who ignore Mary’s subversive joy. 2) Protestants who run from Mary’s miracle. Both of these trends are troubling. Many “traditionalists” ignore Mary (for the most part) because of …

View Post

Repurposed for Peace: Christmas, Crucifixion & Reconciliation

In Culture by Kurt Willems6 Comments

2 Minute Read They shall beat swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, [nor] learn war anymore. Isaiah 2.4 (NRSV) I have a bottle topper that says: “Recycled from disarmed nuclear weapon systems.” Its opposite reads: “Make wine not war.” Whether you drink wine or …

View Post

2 Reasons NOT to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’

In Culture, Guest Contributors by Kurt Willems5 Comments

4 Minute Read ————————– *Guest Post: By Jeff K. Clarke ————————– Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links and blog posts. However, while Keep …

View Post

Jesus was Born in Bethlehem, NOT Rome: Choosing to Lose the “War for Christmas”

In Culture by Kurt Willems6 Comments

4 Minute Read Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. Yesterday, my friend Jeff Clarke wrote: However, when we post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our demand for people to Keep Christ in Christmas, we are in that moment displaying a degree of arrogance, not humility. Instead of pointing people to the humble …

View Post

Paulcast: Rerouting the Romans Road: Audience and Purpose of Romans | S2 E2 (EP-70)

In Paulcast, Stand Alone by Kurt WillemsLeave a Comment

1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 2, Episode 2 (2018) The audience and purpose of Romans is a foundational matter of debate in the study of Paul’s letters. In this episode, Kurt Willems 1) gives a broad background to the issues, 2) looks at the Romans Road as something that is an example …

View Post

Paulcast: “Gentile” isn’t in the Bible… And Why it Matters | S2 E1 (EP-69)

In Paulcast, Stand Alone by Kurt WillemsLeave a Comment

1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 2, Episode 1 (2018) What in the world is “a gentile?” This term gets used in the Bible but where did it come from? In this episode, Kurt argues that it actually isn’t a biblical term and we need to get it out of our English translations. …

View Post

James: So Close to Jesus that his Language Changed (an insight from Scot Mcknight)

In Spiritual Growth by Kurt WillemsLeave a Comment

5 Minute Read One of the highlights of my past couple of months was heading out to my denomination’s (BIC) bi-annual General Assembly. There were several significant moments that stand out from that gathering. However, I want to share one of them with you. ​But before I do, I wanted to let you …