For Lent I Gave Up Going to Church

We’re more than half way through Lent and I’m just starting it today. But, here's the thing, I want to admit upfront that Lent, Ash Wednesday, Easter, this entire season, is by far my least favorite of them all. They don’t remind me of  rebirth, redemption, or sacrifice, but instead they always come with a stale stench of death. As if it's that time of year in which we annually reopen a casket with nothing but dead dry bones in it. It leaves me with this overwhelming sense of emptiness. Not bec … [Read more...]

A Generation of Biblically Illiterate Followers of Jesus

Have you ever taken a step back and asked the question, “Why do I believe what I believe?”Many of us when asked this question, reply immediately, “Because of the bible.”Growing up in Churches this is just what we’ve been taught in Sunday school and youth group, from child hood on, singing aloud without thinking: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so…” We find ourselves believing and dedicating the entirety of our lives, the basis of our morals, the foundation of our h … [Read more...]

6 “HERETICS” WHO SHOULD BE BANNED FROM EVANGELICALISM (OR, A LESSON IN CONSISTENCY)

What does it mean to be “evangelical”? What must you believe? What must you reject? Can you be an evangelical Christian and believe… …in evolution? …that Hell is only temporary?…that all people, even those in Hell can/will eventually be saved?…that people from other religions can be saved without even knowing it?…that the atonement is not about God’s wrath being poured out on Jesus in our place?…that Scripture is errant? I think many evangelicals would say “no” to most—maybe … [Read more...]