Does Religion Make Our Kids – and Us – Jerks?

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There’s a well-known phenomenon in churches where young families, many of whom have not been involved in organized religion since before college, return to a community of faith once they have kids. If asked why, many of the parents say they come back because they want their children to learn the importance of the values [Read More...]

Does a Doctrine of Hell Justify Killing Children?


I’ve written a great deal about hell. I even debated a theology professor from Western Seminary about the existence of hell and whether we can reconcile such a concept with a loving and merciful God. Our understanding of God’s involvement in the world, as well as God’s so-called “plan” for us after we die, raises [Read More...]

No One is Pro-Abortion (and Few are Fully Pro-Life)

Rally from Washington DC. Photo from Religion News Service.

I’m not the only one who is frustrated with, and even a little bit exhausted by, the “Pro life” versus “Pro Choice” debate. I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to wade through all of the issues, and why I feel how I do about it. And I’ve arrived at three reasons I find [Read More...]

Five Reasons We Take Our Kids to Gay Pride

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The Gay Pride parade in Portland, Oregon is not only a family-friendly event; it’s a community-wide celebration. From airlines, banks and restaurants to the SPCA and churches, lots of people get involved with floats, costumes and displays at the end of the parade route. There are kids there, both of straight couples and same-sex couples. [Read More...]

Explaining “Working Poor” to my Privileged, Middle Class Children


For my privileged, perhaps overly comfortable children, something as trivial as our internet being down constitutes a crisis. When we do our “gratitude inventory” (aka a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of. So how do I explain [Read More...]

How Generosity Goes Viral (A Five-for-One Deal) #Feeding5000 #MyJesusProject


“Woah,” Mattias’ eyes bulged when he walked in and saw the red mountain bike, sitting in the hallway of our house. Is that for me?” “No buddy, we’re giving this away.” “But why?” “To help feed 5,000 people.” He looked at me for a minute, trying to figure out if I was serious. “You’re going [Read More...]

Be Afraid! The New Threat to Christianity is Communism

I get a lot of weird stuff in my email inbox. I’m sure all of us do. But the one I got from my father in law today took the prize for the week, if not the summer. Mike Riddle, in his “Creation Training Initiative” e-newsletter, outlined why it is that Christians – and all [Read More...]

Church Signs, “Michael Brown” Edition

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