Covenant-Making – Theologians in Covenant

“Theologians in Covenant: What they do, why they do it, and what gets in their way,” a chapter from Covenant-Making: The Fabric of Relationships, edited by Charles J. Conniry Jr. and Laura K. Simmons

Transplants and Exiles in the Pacific Northwest

Transplants and Exiles in the Pacific Northwest

Beauty Exhaustion: Discipleship and Getting Outside

Beauty Exhaustion: Discipleship and Getting Outside Why beauty is not just seen in parts of creation, but is rather the totality of reality as God created and intended it to be, and why spending time outdoors is a key part of discipleship.

Absurd Community

The Church as a community of paradox. Absurd Community

Four Ways to Talk About the Environment as an Evangelical

A.J. encourages evangelical Christians to talk about the environment and ecological justice through a variety of avenues. Four Ways to Talk About the Environment as an Evangelical

Getting Over Preaching Narcissism

I’m learning to not begin with myself. To not begin where I am. To not begin with what I need to say. I’m learning to begin where the church is and where God is. Getting Over Preaching Narcissism

Streets and Silence

On the tension between being pulled toward the prayers of activism and contemplative prayer.

Sermon Preparation

Learn a few things A.J. has learned about sermon preparation. A.J. Swoboda

Sin and Simplicity – Why Jesus Always Borrowed Stuff

Sin and Simplicity – Why Jesus Always Borrowed Stuff How living simply brings shalom and having needs perpetuates the ministry of Jesus.

Procreation, Proselytism, and Church Growth: Developing a Theology of Church Decline

Is growth necessarily the barometer of the Church’s health?