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…]

Joining the Resurrection

Easter celebrates not only the resurrection of one man, but the resurrection of the whole human race. [Read more…]

Drones and Good Friday

One of my Good Friday disciplines is to remember Jesus’ words, “Don’t weep for me, daughters of Jerusalem.” I then ask for whom I should weep today. Someday President Obama and all Americans will be ashamed of this … So, tomorrow, as I remember Jesus and his suffering, I will think of people suffering [Read More…]

Why I Support Rob Bell’s Stance on Gay Marriage

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Q & R: Trinity – A stumbling block for unity?

Here’s the Question: In your book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? are you saying this Doctrine should stay around but in the reformulated state of “Social Trinitarianism” because you believe it or because we can not move forward without bringing it along with us? It seems to us (the study [Read More…]