Big Consequences. Big Opportunities. Big Choices.

I don’t often engage in prediction, but here’s one I can venture to make, not as prognostication, but as warning and call to action. American Christians of all denominations and races are going to choose between four widely diverging paths in the decade ahead. The first road – wide and well-paved – invites its travelers [Read More…]

Q&R: Responding Charitably

So often, our communication efforts are compromised by our fear of losing. I think we would be wise to cultivate another fear – a fear of winning at our counterpart’s expense. [Read more…]

Trayvon and George: A Tale of Two Americas

Emerging America owns both Trayvon and George as their beloved sons, their Cain and Abel, their Jacob and Esau, their older and younger sons in Jesus’ most famous (but often worst-interpreted) parable. That’s why Emerging America is heartbroken about the recent verdict. [Read more…]

Q&R: The Word “Marriage”

Here’s the Question from a Reader: Recently read your book another kind of Christianity and it made me think a lot. Also challenged some of my traditional conservative beliefs.One thing it did was show me that there were classes of people I just did not like. But Jesus loved everyone ! Another thing was love [Read More…]

Lisa Sharon Harper Gets it Right on Affirmative Action

According to a February 2013 Brandeis University Institute on Assets and Social Policy study, the wealth gap between white and black Americans in the United States grew from $85,070 in 1984 to $236,500 in 2009… [Read more…]

An Open Letter to Worship Songwriters

Several years ago, I wrote an open letter for worship songwriters and leaders. It appeared inWorship Leader magazine and was widely distributed. It seemed like time for an update (especially in light of the “Liturgical Challenge” section of my most recent book) … Feel free to pass it on to a worship leader or songwriter you know [Read More…]

Q&R: Christ and His Death

Here’s the Question: Hi Brian. Great work you doing, Bro. Hang in there. A question about your Christology. Have read several of your books but can’t really get a handle on your idea of the need for Christ and His death. If you don’t believe in original sin, what do you think was the purpose [Read More…]

Q&R: Bible Study Materials for a 7-Year-Old?

Here’s the Q: I am most of the way through “Why did….cross the road” and loving it. My question is after reading chapter 21, where can i find a good bible story resource for doing with my 7-year-old? Here’s the R: First, I’m so glad you’re asking this question. If we’re going to reduce hostility between religions, [Read More…]

Bible Study: Does Hebrews support blood atonement?

I noticed that my friend Tony Jones is frustrated with Hebrews (an anonymous epistle in the New Testament) for its atonement theory. I wrote a chapter on atonement and eucharist in my most recent book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? I knew I had to deal with Hebrews and so dug in for [Read More…]

Q&R: Law is Love?

The “righteousness” that must “surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees” if we are to live in the commonwealth of God: going beyond a law written on stone (or paper), to a law written on the heart: the law of love. [Read more…]