Who is Your Favorite Church Father? (podcast)

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Greg talks Origen and Augustine. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0704.mp3

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What Would You Change About Myth of a Christian Nation Now? (podcast)

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Greg and Matt Tebbe discuss Myth of a Christian Nation. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0702.mp3

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Are You Against the Police? (podcast)

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Greg considers police violence, black-on-black violence, and how we should police society. Patreon supporters can watch the episode HERE. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0694.mp3

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Can you have an Anabaptist Mega-Church?

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Several times over the last few years I’ve heard statements like this: “Boyd may embrace an Anabaptist theology, but his church (Woodland Hills) cannot be, by definition, an Anabaptist church because an Anabaptist church can’t be…

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The Case For Believer’s Baptism

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 In this essay I briefly present my reasons for believing that baptism is intended only for people who are old enough to responsibly choose to become disciples of Jesus.  I will first offer several biblical…

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The Case for Women in Ministry

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Kathy’s Struggle with Temptation Kathy was one of the brightest students I ever had when I taught Theology at Bethel University. She asked insightful questions and often contributed to lively class discussions. The time and…

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The Violent “Church Triumphant”

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In light of how central enemy-loving non-violence is to Jesus’ teaching and to his cross-centered revelation of God, we have to wonder why the church has refused to listen to its head and instead condoned…

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McChurch

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In the West, we tend to think of church as a weekend gathering in a special religious building. As a result, many mistakenly assume that Paul wrote his letters to a single body of people…

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Giant Jesus

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Yesterday’s post featured a video of Greg sharing about the role of the church in manifesting God’s character to the world. Here are some follow-up thoughts on that topic. The NT often uses the metaphor…

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Manifesting God’s Character

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What is the role of the church in God’s kingdom? Greg says that the role of the church is to be who we are. Then our doing flows out of our being. When we are who we…

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3 Traits of a Jesus Kind of Church

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A Jesus kind of church (See an introductory post on this here) is called to represent God, just as Christ did. The church is Christ continuing to manifest the true God. Bonhoeffer put it this…

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A Jesus Kind of Church

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The church can only be the conduit of God’s love if it stops judging others (See yesterday’s post). This means that it will stop being concerned about its reputation in the eyes of those who…

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Kingdom Revolution

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To properly understand an action, you need to interpret it in the light of the social context in which it takes place. For example, if we were to hear about a white male offering his…

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God’s Church is Not “Pretty”

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This week we’ve been looking at various aspects of what it means to be the church. Today, I want to address the paradox of how the church can be both beautiful and ugly at the…

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The Purpose of the Church

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Unlike most social groups, the relationships forged in the body of Christ are not ends in and of themselves. Rather, Christ calls us to unite with other believers for a unique purpose: to grow in,…

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Dismembered: The Church and Individualism

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Those God has saved are called to be the church, not go to church. This distinction is vitally important. The church consists of all those who entered into the new covenant that Jesus inaugurated by…

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The Problem with “Church”

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Many people think of church as a religious building people attend once a week to sing, hear a sermon, take an offering and perhaps participate in the Lord’s Supper (or “take Communion”). Many refer to the…

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Signs of Hope

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Greg taped this video for the Nomad podcast series called Signs of Hope. He discusses the hope he finds in the death of Christendom, and the rise in the beautiful new, peace-loving, non-violent, Jesus-centered, global movement.

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Are the Charismatic Gifts for Today’s Church?

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This week, we have offered a brief series on the Holy Spirit touching on what the Spirit does, how it changes us, and how the fruit of the Spirit is produced. Now we will look briefly at the gifts…

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The Revolutionary Mission of the Church

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Last week Greg tweeted the following: YES! “[T]he mission of the church is to participate in a drama that has a cross for its climax…” K. Vanhoozer  This quote from Vanhoozer summarizes a theme that…

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