5 Legitimate Reasons People No Longer Trust the Church Well, look, it started with Constantine… the good news is that I think it’ll end with Jesus but, there’s work to be done. I’ve said it before that “the internet is killing Christianity,” I was wrong, it’s not… The church is killing Christianity. The internet has just shown us we’re not alone in feeling as if this is intolerable. It’s no exaggeration in my saying that if Jesus was alive today… Read more

As if there aren’t already enough interpretations out there. While, at the same time, I know we have a very different demographic here on Patheos that might not be exposed to Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover). Dude is a “triple threat.” NYU graduate. A genius of sorts. I’ve been following his career since he first appeared on the hit television show “Community.” Since then he’s taken off as a musician, director, and creator of his own award-winning television show “Atlanta.” Granted, one… Read more

A Pedagogy of the Privileged Today, as I was walking to work I walked past a group of protestors making their way down Broad St. (here in Philadelphia). The leader in front shouted into her bullhorn “Give us our…” and the group would yell in unison, “Freedom!” Their signs spoke about the injustice of incarcerated mothers and it seemed as if the purpose and hope of this protest down Broad St. were to raise money in order to bail out… Read more

“The U.S. outpaces all other nations in military expenditures. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total[1].” What Would Happen if We Cut Our Militaries Budget in Half…? Currently, our military budget is 597 billion USD. Recently CNN has said that Trump “approved what his administration calls the largest military budget in US history, $700 billion.” We’ve heard the statistics and seen graphs like these comparing our budgeting to various other countries…… Read more

Written By Jonah Venegas “Understanding these ways in which we use metaphors and descriptors to think about God is necessary, because our own inner constructs of who God is affects everything else about the way we do faith, the way we live our lives, and the way we relate to other people, other people who are all also made in the image of God, the imago Dei.” There are quite a few different metaphors we use to conceptualize God these… Read more

What Exactly Was Jesus’ Relationship With Prostitutes…? “Christians need to decide if Jesus had genitals, and if so, whether he used them.” Have you ever wondered what kind of social life Jesus had…? I haven’t really thought about it too much because, well, when I hear “social life” I think of a life apart from your job. Jesus was a carpenter, apart from his carpentry, what we read about in the four canonical gospels, that is His “social life.” (i.e…. Read more

“Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord…” “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either… Read more

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. George Orwell made this clear in his novel 1984. But another way to control the minds of people is to control their perceptions. If you can get them to see the world as you do, they will think as you do. Comprehension follows perception.” — Philip K. Dick, “How to… Read more

We all have heard the statistics before (which I won’t bore you with), but, millennials are leaving the Church in droves… We are well aware of this; it’s what we’re unaware of that I want to look into a bit more; it’s the question of “What exactly happens to our brains when or if we stop believing there is a God?” An older mentor of mine who was once a highly sought after Evangelical preacher has now turned Atheist said… Read more

Saying “difficult people/person,” it’s both redundant and untrue. Because, while we’re each uniquely different, none of us are difficult to love; perhaps one just has yet to find the right people to surround themselves with. One of the greatest poets and wordsmiths of our time once said, “The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.” True, but… Read more

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