Q&R: Multiple Religious Identities?

Here’s the Question: Hope you’re doing well! I caught your Q&A this morning on Facebook, about why you continue to identify as a Christian. In it, you make reference to the fact that Christianity is your heritage. This is an issue I’ve been wrestling with lately, and was hoping if you found a couple extra [Read More...]

Q&R: Calling Myself a Christian

Here’s the Question: Just a short question: I have a Christian background, but the way I understand the message of Jesus and the Hebrew Bible makes me to avoid calling myself a Christian, mainly for similar reasons as described in your book A New Kind of Christianity. Instead of saying good-bye to the whole Bible, [Read More...]

Q & R: Just Some Vague Hope in the Distant Mysterious Future?

Here’s the Question: i have read several of your books, the most recent one being ‘a new kind of christianity.’ i love your take on how to view the future, but what do you really think about Jesus’ returning again? will it happen? or is just some vague hope in the distant mysterious future? i [Read More...]

“How Was Worship Yesterday?”

That Monday-morning question kind of makes me cringe. It might be innocent enough, but it also might express how we see church gatherings these days – a consumer product that we evaluate as we do any other product: “How was the game?” or “How was the movie?” or “How was your vacation to Disney World?” [Read More...]

Praying for Peace on Saturday

I’ll be joining many others in praying for the situation in Syria on Saturday because I think it’s time we realize that Dr. King was right: we can’t cure violence with violence. Mirroring violent behavior sets vicious cycles of offense and revenge in motion. We need a more creative response – not passivity, not inaction, [Read More...]

Q&R: How Do you Find a Community of Open-Minded Christians?

Here’s the Question: Just finished your book. It REALLY spoke to me. It’s where I’m headed in my life’s journey. That said I fear that I may be quite alone the closer I get to this transformation. The church i attend is nowhere close to such a paradigm shift (and they are far from mainstream). Living out [Read More...]

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...]

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...]


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