What the Truman Show Says About Inner Religious Freedom

In the movie The Truman Show, the director of Truman's show, is asked "Why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?" Christof responds by saying, "[It's because] we accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It's that simple.” In short, Truman, he's settled. If you're familiar with this movie, you know it's basic premise is built around a man (Truman) who was adopted by a corporation, placed into an artificial world, a … [Read more...]

On Lynching Colin Kaepernick

I'm having the hardest time fully understanding why our nation is so incredibly outraged over Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem. Empty, yet so incredibly fueled, accusations of unpatriotic treason are being hurled at Kaepernick with the intensity of which I feel would be better suited if geared towards our enemies as opposed to each other... ya know?Either way, in attempt to make sense of it, three quick things: 1) I don't think it's really as big of a deal … [Read more...]

When You’re Failing at Life #Adulting

I've been pissed at myself as of late. See, I'm a grown ass man, and I can’t seem to will myself into waking up when I so choose. For the past several months I’ve been trying to work myself towards getting up and out of bed at 5:00am. I mean, I’ve done it - woken at 5:00am; I just have yet to do it on a consistent basis. Doing this isn't a small change, it's a complete overhaul in one's lifestyle.And, lets be honest, it’s not just waking up when I so choose that I struggle with; it’s eating h … [Read more...]

From Cathedrals to Movie Theaters: Past and Present Trends Impact on the Future of the Western Church

A little over 500 years ago we had Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Philip Melanchthon leading the reformation; fast forward, a bit, we see Billy Graham evangelizing to the masses in tent revivals; and soon thereafter there was, and still is, the progressive movement composed of evangelical leaders such as Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, et al.; last but not least, we’ve seen our evangelical-esque, semi-bi-partisan, seeker sensitive model of church lead by guys such as Rick Warren, Andy S … [Read more...]

Jesus Was Not a Pacifist (A kind response to Benjamin Corey)

“So persistent is the cry of peace among the ruling classes and so strong the seeming abhorrence of every form of violence and anarchy that one might imagine them actuated by the purest pacifist principles, were it not for the fact that they betray no pacifist scruples when they consider international affairs. Most insistent upon peace within the nation, they are most easily provoked to join issue in martial combat with other nations.“ – Reinhold NiebuhrIt’s easy for a privileged person t … [Read more...]

Understanding Why Christians are Anti-Trans

I honestly don’t understand this debate over whether or not those who identify as transgender should be allowed to use the bathroom in which corresponds with their gender. It’s not the nuanced differentiations between one’s gender and one’s sex; it’s the the psychology behind why this angers conservative Christians that I don't understand.http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/24/opinions/trump-transgender-bathrooms-opinion-cupp/Question: why are Christians so riled up by transgendered people using the b … [Read more...]

Do the Black Panthers Still Exist?

There seems to be a lot of talk surrounding the Black Panther Party; with Beyonce during the super bowl making a radical statement with her own personal homage towards the black struggle; this was alongside the resurfacing of Stan Lee’s character the Black Panther getting his own movie it’s lead me to wonder, what happened to the Black Panther Party?Founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in October of 1966, in Oakland CA, the Black Panther Party (BPP) was in essence a means of policing th … [Read more...]

The Case for Serial Monogamy

Originally, I started off this post by rhetorically asking if you knew the difference between a married person’s love life and a non-married person’s love life[1]?I followed this by answering, “The difference is that when unmarried persons break up it won’t cost them $15,000, or the equivalent to what the married person paid for their wedding…”Admittedly, as a single person starting off a post on relationships, this came across a tad bitter.The longer I live, the more I realize, sadly … [Read more...]

John Piper Joins the #BlackLivesMatter movement!?

I mean, not really, but kind of...Piper's opening is predictably cringeworthy, but his conclusion is surprisingly refreshing.The better question: Is this something in which nonwhite evangelicals should be happy about? Is it a step forward, and can it be utilized by progressive Christians as a means to bridge the gap between our conservative brothers and sisters? "And as I was watching all of this happen, I wondered what to think about it, what to say about it, and I googled and found: … [Read more...]

The Implications Of Minimum Wage Laws On Youth Pastors And Youth Workers

Written by Mark OestreicherI AM NOT AN EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERT OR AUTHORITY. And this post should NOT be taken as ‘legal advice.’BUT: the other day over lunch, a graduate of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program, who leads a wonderful nonprofit ministry not too dissimilar from the Cartel, but local and Catholic, asked me a question just as we were wrapping up:So, how do you think the new California minimum wage is going to impact youth ministry?My first response: huh (it was a deeply … [Read more...]


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