A few weeks ago I was interviewed by my friend T.C. Moore on his Theo Graff Podcast–a “Jesus-centered, hip-hop flavored, geeky, theological, Kingdom exploration” broadcast.
The podcast is fairly new, but T.C. has already interviewed some interesting folks, including my friends Jessica Kelley and Greg Boyd.
T.C. asks questions ranging from my own faith pilgrimage to what it means to embrace an “Anabaptist spirit” that is offering a hopeful Kingdom vision of the future, particularly in a post-Christendom age.
Give my interview a listen when you have some time.
In the second half of the podcast I talk about a book on Anabaptism that I’m working on with Tyler Tully. Also, I give a challenge for cynic saints who are stuck in their faith, even angry with the church. Enjoy and be blessed!
For more on what is mentioned in the interview, check out the following:
D.D. Flowers, 2014.
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Hello blog readers, I hope everyone had a blessed Easter Week 2014. Ours couldn’t have been better.
If you’re still hungry for more resurrection, I have written and posted on the resurrection of Jesus a few times over the years here at the blog.
In case you missed those posts, you may want to check them out:
This past Sunday I preached an Easter message based on research I presented in a previous article, The Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The sermon was entitled: Encountering God in the Resurrection of Jesus.
You may also be interested in hearing Greg Boyd’s recent sermon Resurrection Principle at Woodland Hills, and Mike Licona’s thought-provoking message Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? delivered to a church in Alabama.
If you’d like to hear a recent academic lecture, listen to William Lane Craig on Objective Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus at Yale University.
Looking for some books and/or videos on the subject?
- The Case for the Historical Resurrection by Habermas & Licona
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
- The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright
- Resurrection (IVP DVD) by N.T. Wright
- Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead? (Ignatius Press DVD)
The Lord has risen!
D.D. Flowers, 2014.
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Hello blog readers!
This past Sunday I finished preaching through an exciting 6-week sermon series entitled Anabaptism 101 at Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship (CMF) in Virginia, where I’ve been pastoring since the first of the year.
The series focuses on the historical roots and current convictions of Anabaptism. As many of you know, I didn’t grow up within an Anabaptist tradition. And since half our congregation didn’t grow up Anabaptist, this sermon series seemed like a good place to begin as pastor.
Here is a brief outline of each message in the series:
- Beginning of a Movement—A general overview of key persons, events, and issues that led to the “radical” 16th century Anabaptist movement. What does “Anabaptist” mean? Where does the name “Mennonite” come from? Where is Anabaptism going today?
- Radical Discipleship—The Anabaptist view of discipleship in detail. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Did Jesus really expect us to follow his teachings from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)? What is so different about the Anabaptist view versus the popular evangelical view?
- Word Made Flesh—The Anabaptist view of the authority of Scripture, and a Christo-centric hermeneutic (interpretation) of the Old Testament. Do Anabaptists hold a high view of Scripture? What is so different about the Anabaptist view of Scripture versus the popular evangelical view?
- Church as Kingdom Community—The Anabaptists saw the church as a missional, counter-cultural family of Kingdom citizens. What is the meaning and purpose of baptism? What is the meaning of communion? Why live a simple life? What does it mean to embrace “the other”?
- The Politics of Jesus—The most controversial and oft-misunderstood aspect of Anabaptism: non-violence and the politics of Jesus. In what ways did Jesus resist empire? How far do Anabaptists take Jesus’ message of peace and reconciliation? How do Anabaptists understand church & state? How subversive is the NT?
- Triumph of the Lamb—Answers to the most common objections concerning the non-violence of Jesus. Didn’t Jesus come to bring a sword? Didn’t Jesus tell his disciples to buy swords? Finally, does the portrayal of Jesus in Revelation contradict the Jesus of the Gospels? How will the way of the crucified Lamb conquer evil in the end?
You can download and listen to each message by visiting our sermon archive. We will be archiving all sermons on the new church website once it is up and running. Please stay tuned for that.
There was Q&A after each message, but you can only hear it following the Triumph of the Lamb. Our small groups are going through The Naked Anabaptist for further discussion and study. If you’re looking for a good overview of Anabaptism, or Neo-Anabaptism, check out Murray’s book.
If you have questions or comments, please let me hear them here at the blog.
D.D. Flowers, 2014.
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Hello blog readers and subscribers!
It has been another great year here at the blog. In fact, it has been the busiest year so far with almost 80,000 views! Thank you for reading and giving your feedback along the way. You encourage me to keep blogging.
Here are the 20 most popular posts of 2013:
- Jesus UnCrossed
- Support Us or You’re a Bigot?
- How Worship of the American Flag Changed Everything
- Meeting Jesus at Abu Ghraib
- Is the Pledge Good for Our Kids?
- An Open Theism Theodicy
- Why I Do Not Support or Oppose Gay Marriage
- In Awe of the God of Science
- Loving God With Your Mind
- Anabaptist Core Convictions
- Really Bad Church Names
- Josh Garrels on Believing
- The Difference Between Conviction & Condemnation
- Finding the Naked Anabaptist
- On Christian Cynicism
- Jumping Over Jesus
- Heaven is Not Our Home
- The Twilight Zone God
- Is God Good?
- God is Not Cynical (So Why Are You?)
Other blog highlights in 2013 include the following:
Was there a post this year that you appreciated more than others? What was it and why?
Please do me the honor of reflecting back on this year’s many posts and let me know if you there was one or two that especially ministered to you. (It may be a post that’s not mentioned above.) I sincerely thank you!
You can expect one more post in 2013. There, there now. Dry your eyes. 🙂 Stay tuned for a personal Christmas post from the Flowers family.
D.D. Flowers, 2013.
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