“A friend of mine reports she saw people literally screaming today as the wind hit them in the streets, not in pain so much as an extremity of there-is-no-God rage and despair.” – Tim Kreider Time Doesn’t Slow Down Just Because We’re in a Tough Season of Life… I can just hear the pseudo-Buddhist millennial seeped in naivety saying, “Bruh! just be happy.” And, they’re not wrong. I recently finished reading through an essay a friend texted me but, it was… Read more

  Why Is the Social Gospel Considered Heresy? Some attribute the Social Gospel to Walter Rauschenbusch; while, this particular website attributes it to Washington Gladden and, Religion News (RNS) refers to both and another guy I’d never heard of (Charles Sheldon). Most interestingly, this is where the infamous slogan, “What Would Jesus Do?” originated from; that is, within Charles Sheldon’s novel titled “In His Steps” where he essentially breaks down what is now labeled as “the social gospel.” Most of us, today, recognize this… Read more

The Broccoli Tree: A Parable The other day, I hopped onto Snapchat for the first time in months… Opened Snapchat 4 the 1st time in months; skimmed thru their news feed which immediately threw a vid of XXXTentacions murder in my face, then shifted to Barstool who just made fun of Bron’s squats &, I closed out after being informed some dog died. No wonder we’re all depressed. — andy gill (@itsandygill) July 12, 2018 It’s as if we’ve collectively,… Read more

 What “Using the Lord’s Name in Vain” Actually Means… “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” – Exodus 20:7(KJV). Decades of Sunday school classes, going to bible college, Seminary, Christian conferences, years of pastoring, and, I could never understand why using the Lord’s name in vain was wrong… Growing up, how many of us can recall a time of being… Read more

  I’ve asked this before but, I’ll ask it again: Why is it that Deborah can lead an army but in, God only knows how many, modern day churches a woman can’t lead a bible study? I’m working on getting better at healthy dialogue which includes learning how to be okay with disagreement regarding heated “issues.” So, I write this with the knowledge that I’m not going to change anyone’s opinion overnight; I write this with the hope and intention… Read more

Was Trump’s 2016 Election Rigged? “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV) What election hasn’t been rigged? There is voter suppression, discriminatory ID laws, confusing “butterfly ballots”… again, I ask, when has the election not been rigged? When someone finds a point in time our election hasn’t been rigged I’m sure someone else will show them a time they’ve been duped…. Read more

The Most Post-Christian Cities in the U.S.   Ever wonder what the most post-Christian cities are in the U.S.? Neither have I, but, admittedly I did find it interesting to see where my current city of residence (Philadelphia) ranked on the list. I’ve said it so many times before that I’m beginning to role my eyes in response to myself when mentioning the decline of church attendance, religious affiliation, belief in God, prayer and Bible-reading… Yeah, it’s a thing that’s… Read more

  Where Identity Politics Fall Apart… “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.” – Nietzsche Hypothetically speaking, what if your enemies weren’t really your enemies? What if “those people” tweeting “#AllLivesMatter” were not trying to negate the fact that #BlackLivesMatter? What if their struggle had more similarities to your struggle than we’ve been lead to believe? Many of you probably saw the Trevor Noah bit on identity… (if you haven’t, then you can watch it… Read more

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

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