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...]

“How do we call people in even as we call them out?”

I recently lost yet another a white friend over “the issue of race.” It was after repeatedly confronting him in regards to his consistent use of the “n-word.” He wasn't the first close friend I've lost, but I'm determined for him to be one of the last, as after these repeated instances, I'm relearning who I should be surrounding myself with.But this situation, it makes me wonder if within our social media day and age, where each and everyone of us has a differing voice and inevitably differi … [Read more...]

Yellowface: Are Asians Being #WhiteWashedOut (A lesson on perspective)?

Media, it matters; it impacts the way we view and perceive life, the way in which we interact with others, and even how we view and perceive our own self. In fact I'd argue that a large portion of media marketing is geared towards making us (the consumers) feel worth less than others if we don't purchase their product. They create the problem and then sell you the solution (e.g. "You're ugly so buy this make up;" "you're not man enough, so buy this truck and drink this beer..."). The problem … [Read more...]

Please, Stop Inviting Your Friends to Church

Written by Stephen SchmidtWe’ve got some big problems in the Church these days. That’s no great revelation. Just ask anybody on the street what they think of Christianity, especially during election season, and you’ll get an earful.  We hear it so often, in fact, that we in the Church turn a deaf ear to it. We tune it out. We’re callous to criticism. And we just go on our merry way, carrying on as good soldiers of the Cross. Well, at least on Sundays.So when I drove by this sign stuck laz … [Read more...]


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