Portrait of A.J. Swoboda

A.J. Swoboda

  • Pastor
  • Professor
  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • Community Architect

Location: Portland, Oregon | USA


Blog Articles

A Sheep in Wolf Clothing

A Question for my Mainline Friends

Advent for Lepers

Anchored in Foolishness

Augustine on Good Friday

An Absurd Gospel: The Lost Art of Preaching Humbly

Awkard Holiness: The Endless Relevance of Greeting Times

Bereshit: Engaging Culture in a Whole New Way

Blood Relatives in a Drive-By Culture (Gen. 14v1-24)

Born Against: Thoughts on Christian Faith and Protest

Catching Grace

Child Mystics

Crash Course Daddyhood v.1

Crash Course Daddyhood v.2

Crash Course Daddyhood v. 3

Crucis of the Cross

Culture and Theology: Do They Learn From Each Other?

Dumpster Diving and the Silliness of Faith

Ensured Ignorance

False Entrances (Gen. 12:10-20)

Good Friday

Hypo-Critical: The Scandal of Living One Life

In Praise of Closed-Mindedness: The Alternative Perspectives in Scripture

Jesus in a Self-Selected World

Jesus and Wholeness: Our Endless Need for Chewbacca

Latchkey Kids (Matt. 16:19)

Left Behind: Discipleship and My Little Dinghy

Life Innovation

Looking for God's Will is God's Will

New Year with Karl Rahner

Interview with Ecclesia

Portland's Coffee Experience

Prayer with St. Benedict

Seminaries the Problem?

Sign-Seekers, Miracles, and Coffee-Based Testimony (Responding to Dr. McGrath)

The Good Doctor

The Love that Moves the Stars (and other thoughts on Visio Dei)

The Mess of Christianity

The Oddity of Cross Community (John 19:25-27)

Tom Waits and the Bad News of God

Trauma with Papa Abram (Gen. 12v1-9)

Why They Invented Tums


Doughnut Philosophy

Office Goes Historical

Guest Posts

Israel, Palestine, and Me (Tyler Braun)

Jesus, Tetris & Sleepoevers (Christopher Stites)


Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits)

Okay Go Video

Shared Experience of Absurdity (Charlie Todd - TED)

Storytelling Changes, Not the Stories (Joe Sabia - TED)

Study of Virality


What Mondays Feel Like

God Nerdery

God Nerdery (12/12/11-12/14/11)

God Nerdery (1/15/12)

God Nerdery (1/25/12)

God Nerdery (2/26/12)

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Living People I Read

Alan Hirsch

Allan Anderson

Amos Yong

Bernard Anderson

Dale Davis

Don Carson

Donald Bloesch

Donald Dayton

Donald Gelpi

Ed Dobson

Elizabeth Johnson

Eugene Peterson

Frederick Beuchner

Gary Babcock

Gordon Fee

Gregory Boyd

Harvey Cox

John Drane

John Goldingay

John Stott

John Zizioulas

Jim Belcher

Jürgen Moltmann

Karen Armstrong

Kenneth Bailey

Kevin Vanhoozer

Kirsteen Kim

Larry Hurtado

Lauren Winner

Mark Cartledge

Margaret Feinberg

Mel Robeck

Nancey Murphy

N.T. Wright

Paul Hiebert

Phyllis Tickle

Ray Bakke

Richard Baukham

Rodney Clapp

Robert Banks

Robert Farrar Capon

Rowan Williams

Sallie McFague

Stanley Fish

Stanley Hauerwas

Thomas Schmidt

Timothy Keller

Walter Brueggemann

Zygmunt Bauman

Dead People I Read

Aimee Semple McPherson



Basil the Great

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Wesley

Colin Gunton

C.S. Lewis

David Bosch

Dorothy Day

Dorothy Sayer

G.K. Chesterton

George Eldon Ladd

Hendrickus Berkhof

Henri Nouwen

John Wesley

Jonathan Edwards

John Calvin

Joseph Fitzmyer

Karl Barth

Leslie Newbigin

Martin Luther

Michel Foucault

Paul Tillich

Raymond Brown

Roland Allen

Simone Weil

Steven Bevans

Theresa of Avila

Vincent Donovan

Walter Hollenweger

William McClendon

Stuff I've Written

Messy: God Likes it That Way (Kregel)

-Tongues and Trees: Towards a Pentecostal Ecological Theology (Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series--Forthcoming)

-Hug the Corpse: Spirit, Power, and Promise in God's Mission (2013)

-On Heaven and on Earth: Introducing Christian Ecological Theology (2013)