Urban Outfitters’ Blood Stained Kent State Sweatshirt is a Final Straw

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No joke…this really was for sale, at least until enough people caught wind of it and demanded Urban Outfitters pull the item from their shelves. Freedom of expression is one thing, but… So many questions arise from this, like: Who conceives of such a product? How does it ever make it to production and sale? [Read More...]

What Christianity Can Learn from the Dalai Lama

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Historically, Christianity hasn’t been very open to the idea of being influenced by other religions. In the early days of the faith, we borrowed from Hellenism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Judaism and various “pagan” religions, repurposing their symbols to mean something new. Following the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, we focused [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll, Women as Penis Houses, and Crumbling Temples

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Oh, Mark Driscoll. Just when I start to muster an inkling of compassion for you, something else emerges that tests my capacity for grace. This time, the news is from years in the past, when Driscoll was posting to the church message boards under the pseudonym “William Wallace II.” The posts, from 2001, included the following [Read More...]

Be Afraid! The New Threat to Christianity is Communism

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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...]

Reconcile: An Interview with John Paul Lederach

I’ve had the chance to speak with author and international peace activist John Paul Lederach about his book, “Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians.” The book, updated from an earlier edition with a new introduction from Bill and Lynne Hybels and contemporary stories, is a powerful guide on how to seek and realize peace among [Read More...]

Church Signs, “Michael Brown” Edition

Ferguson shooting and unrest resonate in Atlanta-area demonstration

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Stupid Quizzes, CCM Missives and Homebrewed Blisses

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Yeah, the title’s a stretch. So what? This week’s episode of Homebrewed CultureCast is all Everyday Sunday, all the time. We hung out with Trey and Carter from the uber-popstar band both at Wild Goose (yes, there’s more you haven’t heard yet) and in the garage at Amy and Christian’s place while they were in Oregon [Read More...]

Is Capitalism Un-Biblical?

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I teach a weekly Sunday School class at our church. Usually we take a question each week from my “Banned Questions” book series and talk about it. But this past week was different. I simply couldn’t sit through half of a day in a context of discipleship and worship and not talk about the Michael [Read More...]

The Greatest Commandment: Further Evidence Jesus was a Radical Subversive

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I was asked today how, with all of the crazy stories in the Bible, we ever begin to use that same collection of stories, poems, historical accounts and laws to really discern what God wants. Good question. First, I think we have to consider how we understand God, and therefore, the Bible. For me, I [Read More...]

postChristian, Puberty, and Putin

This week’s show runs a bit long, but it’s chock full of such good stuff! Like, why do you get sunburned when you go skiing? Amy knows the answer, and it might surprise you… What’s a “keezer” and why are Andy and Christian so geeked out about it? Hear Christian and Amy pile on Andy [Read More...]


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