What is Cheap Grace?  There’s so many different forms of grace: Hyper-grace, free grace, costly grace, and then there’s what we’re discussing here today, cheap grace or, cheapened grace. What is Cheap Grace? Cheapened grace, similar to cheapening or watering down the gospel is what happens when we water down the message of Christs to make it a bit more “palatable.” This term is usually attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer as many recognize it from his influential book, The Cost of Discipleship…. Read more

Was Jesus a Magician or a Miracle-Worker?  Outside of multiple-choice testing, whenever somebody presents me with a limited set of options I’m typically inclined to internally wonder, “What options are not being presented and, why?” This was my first thought when learning about C.S. Lewis’ infamous trilemma… it was this discussion regarding the topic of whether or not Jesus was actually God (I write more about that here); although, many scholars contest this argument suggesting that Jesus never even said… Read more

Research Suggests Inclusivity is Actually Hurting the Church “But here’s the punchline: The strategies that Eaton, Evans, and BuzzFeed insist will bring millennials flocking back to church are consistently destroying congregations and denominations that implement them[5].” You see, mixing politics with your church, these days is like pouring orange juice into your cereal…You don’t even want to taste it because you already just know [instinctually] it’s not going to be good; similarly, mixing politics with religion is a sure fire… Read more

The Year of Redefining the Fourth of July Whenever I see a truck driving around with an American flag stamped on its bumper or waving as they zoom by I just feel a bit disgusted. It never feels encouraging or uplifting. It feels a bit authoritarian… it’s not saying “united we stand” so much as it’s saying, “in your face!” Because, freedom? But also, I’m not anti-America. I don’t not like living here. One of the more moderate sides of… Read more

Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration… Since 1996 the federal government has reportedly deported “at least 1000 people per day.” Personally, I had no idea until I watched this video that ICE has a quota of 400,000 deportations they’re required to meet annually. Here’s the thing: I’m not saying that immigration is a black and white issue. What I am saying is that we need to be careful to not unnecessarily become self-defeatingly inhumane. It’s no secret but Trump… Read more

“Until the Lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter…” If we’re being honest, most of us don’t know too much in regard to why certain writings or manuscripts have been accepted while others have been rejected. We normally have just gone about, for one reason or another, in blind trust; indoctrinated from a young age with repetitive songs including chorus’ telling us to believe how much “Yes, Jesus loves us… because the Bible tells me so.”… Read more

Joy is not the absence of pain; it’s the presence of meaning and intimacy [regardless of pain or sufferings presence]. Can you experience joy without having to first, or ever, experience suffering? Is it possible to reach heaven without having to venture through the wilderness? Suffering, far too many times, I think, is the result of inaction; that is, doing nothing in face of pain or unexpected hardships.  It’s when we can’t find or don’t have a reason to push… Read more

A Supportive Critique of the Reclaiming Jesus Movement There are two things both liberals and conservatives have in common: We both have trouble with fun [having it, that is…] and, We both don’t do too well with critique (even the constructive kind)… We’re just way too serious (including myself being at fault for this). So, I say all of this today with hesitance and reluctance but also in confidence that it’ll help improve a movement being lead by otherwise great… Read more

What’s Going on with 1,500 Migrant Children DHHS “Lost Track Of”…? So, apparently, a ton of children the state seized from their families have gone missing. It’s not new news but, the NY Times reported over 1,500 children of migrants are nowhere to be found. As many of you know by now that in April, attorney general, Jeff Sessions sent out a memo, to southwest federal prosecutors, disclosing a “zero-tolerance policy.” And, then in early May Sessions added that the… Read more

What’s Keeping Progressive Christianity from Actually Progressing? It seems so bizarre that progressives have such an amazing message to promote that is empowering to the people yet, people generally seem to be unattracted to progressive Spaces. So, what’s the deal? What the heck is keeping progressive Christianity from actually progressing? As Brett McCracken, the author of Hipster Christianity, questioned evangelicalism in pursuit of being hip was “turning Christianity into a shape-shifting chameleon with ever-diminishing ecclesiological confidence and cultural legitimacy…” today,… Read more

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