Portrait of A.J. Swoboda

A.J. Swoboda

  • Pastor
  • Professor
  • Speaker
  • Writer
  • Community Architect

Location: Portland, Oregon | USA

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Speaking and Lecturing

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A. J. does travel to speak and lecture a fair amount. Some of his recent talks include:

  • Ecclesia National Gathering (March 2012)
  • "Hugging Corpses: Resurrection and Crisis in Mission" (Fousquare National Convention: Columbus, OH)
  • "Going Postal: Why Postmodernism isn't God's Biggest Problem" (Life Pacific University: San Dimas, CA)
  • "The Smell of Bad Wine: Mission in a Mission-less World" (Ecclesia Regional Gathering: Los Angeles, CA)
  • "The Other Side: Why Mission is Central to Everything"
  • "Nakedness: Why Honesty in Church is Rare (But Doesn't Have to Be)" (RED Conference: Corbett, OR, 2010)
  • "The Lonliness of the Cross" (RED Conference: Corbett, OR, 2011)
  • "Burning Man: Preaching as Second Take"
  • "Learning to Drown: God's Hope for Missionaries" (First Baptist College: Eugene, OR)
  • “Deathbed Manifestos: Missional Realities and the Costs of Discipleship” (Northwest District of Churches: Everett, WA)
  • "Beyond Cynicism: Keeping Heart in Hard Times" (Rain or Shine Conference of Church Planters: Portland, OR)
  • "The Dangers of Nakedness: Ministry Done Honestly" (Converge Conference: Eugene, OR)
  • "God's Will?: Why Doing God Stuff if Hard" (Conference for Spiritual Life, New Hope Christian College: Eugene, OR)
  • "Killing the Fat King: Bringing Peace into an Organization" (Conference for Faculty of Westside Christian School, Lake Oswego, OR)
  • "Crippled Creation: A Disability Theology of the Earth" (Society for Pentecostal Studies, Duke University, 2009)
  • "Dignitas Terrea: A Pentecostal Engagement of Recent Roman-Catholic Eco-Theology" (Society for Pentecostal Studies, New Hope Christian College, 2010)


Preaching at churches, business, and organizations is one of A. J.'s favorite parts of existing. Here are some churches and organizations he's recently had the privilege to visit:

  • Beaverton Foursquare (Beaverton, OR)
  • Camp Harlow Camp (Eugene, OR)
  • Cottage Grove Faith Center (Cottage Grove, OR)
  • Creswell Faith Center (Creswell, OR)
  • Door of Hope (Portland, OR)
  • Eastside Faith Center (Eugene, OR)
  • Eugene Christian Fellowship (Eugene, OR)
  • Eugene Faith Center (Eugene, OR)
  • Eugene Faith Center Junior High Camp (WA)
  • Evergreen Christian Center (Hillsboro, OR)
  • Fayetteville Foursquare Church (Fayetteville, AR)
  • George Fox University Chapel (Newberg, OR)
  • George Fox University Student Retreat (Twin Rocks, OR)
  • Ignite Summer Camp (OR)
  • LIFE Pacific University Chapel (San Dimas, CA)
  • Luis Palau Association Chapel (Beaverton, OR)
  • New Day Church (Eugene, OR)
  • New Hope Christian College Chapel (Eugene, OR)
  • Newberg Foursquare Church (Newberg, OR)
  • Newberg Open Bible (Newberg, OR)
  • North Eugene Faith Center (Eugene, OR)
  • Northwest Christian University (Eugene, OR)
  • Onyx House (Eugene, OR)
  • Portland Foursquare Church (Portland, OR)
  • River Oaks Church (Sellwood, OR)
  • Sellwood Fourqaure Church (Sellwood, OR)
  • Southlake Church (West Linn, OR)
  • St. John's Anglican Church (Birmingham, England)
  • Stanwood Foursquare Church (Stanwood, WA)
  • Westside Christian School Chapel (Lake Oswego, OR)
  • West Salem Foursquare Church (Salem, OR)
  • Wild Horse High School Winter Camp (OR)


Books I've Written

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

Ray Bakke

Richard Baukham

Rodney Clapp

Robert Banks

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

Robert Farrar Capon

Roland Allen

Simone Weil

Steven Bevans

Theresa of Avila

Vincent Donovan

Walter Hollenweger

William McClendon

Top 10 Books Ever

#1 Theology and Hope: On the Ground and Implications of a Christian Eschatology (Jürgen Moltmann)

#2 Church Dogmatics (Karl Barth)

#3 Systematic Theology: Doctrine, Witness, Ethics (William McClendon)

#4 Scandalous Beauty: The Artistry of God and the Way of the Cross (Thomas Schmidt)

#5 On the IncarnationDe Incarnatione Verbi Dei (St. Athanasius)

#6 Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt & Certainty in Christian Discipleship (Leslie Newbigin)

#7 Narratives of a Vulnerable God: Christ, Theology, and Scripture (William Placher)

#8 Personal KnowledgeTowards a Post-Critical Philosophy (Michael Polanyi)

#9 Desiring the KingdomWorship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (James K.A. Smith)

#10 Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Miroslav Volf)