Charlie Hebdo: Comedy as an Act of Courage

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I love Jon Stewart. I mean, like “maybe jump the fence” love him. His presence on The Daily Show has spoken to and with my generation through some of our most formative years. And yes, he tells fart jokes (which I also love). And yes, he editorializes, (which is nearly ubiquitous in “legitimate news” streams [Read More...]

Ryan Bell: Adventist to Atheist…Really?

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Seventh Day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell spent a year intentionally living as an atheist and came out on the other side (surprise!) as a nonbeliever. But on further inspection, is he really a tried and true atheist? What Bell says he has let go of is the certainty required by his previous religious affiliation, and [Read More...]

Why Christians Should Support the “Satanic” Statue in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma may seem an unlikely place for what has been called a satanic sculpture to be installed on government property. In fact, there may be no better place for it. Considered by many to be the buckle in the proverbial Bible Belt, the Statehouse in Oklahoma City has boasted a sculpture of the Ten Commandments, [Read More...]

25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (2014 Readers’ Choice)

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Welcome to the annual “Blogs you should be reading” blog!  If your New Year’s resolution is to search out relevant, interesting, and challenging blogs, you are in the right place! There’s such a thing as too much of a good thing sometimes.  And though there are so many more bloggers worth following who aren’t on this [Read More...]

AJ Jacobs, Sony, Summer Camps & Semi-Nude Skyping

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After a, um, hiatus of sorts Christian, Amy, and Andy are back to talk about all things important… like summer camp for asthmatics, Beer and Hymns protests, and semi-nude Skype conversations. This episode’s interview is with A.J. Jacobs – author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically. [Read More...]

Five Ways I Suck at Following Jesus #MyJesusProject

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As you may know by now, I’m starting a new project (ramping up now, starting in earnest in February) in which I try for a year to really, seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus in western, post-industrial 21st century society. What does that look like? Do any of us actually do it? And [Read More...]

My Seizure Diagnosis: Is there a Pony in this Shitpile?

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I was sitting on the couch, working on an article on the morning of December 4th when the first one hit. I was consumed with a surreal sense of Deja Vu, followed by a dreadful sort of panic that insisted, in my mind, that whatever was in front of me at the moment was the [Read More...]

Dear America: We’re Not Losing to Cuba

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The end of a five-decades-long embargo against Cuba has people buzzing. some are excited to be able to visit finally, and maybe bring back a few cigars and a bottle of Cuban rum. Others, like Congressman Marco Rubio, are incensed, or are at least pretending to be as a matter of political expedience. The biggest [Read More...]

Are We Addicted to a Constant State of Distraction? #MyJesusProject

I was catching up on back-episodes of 60 Minutes last night (required viewing for all nerds to maintain their credentials) when I came across a segment I immediately found suspect. It was about these “mindfulness coaches” who were being brought into all of these high-powered companies to teach people how to sit, breathe and, yes, [Read More...]

Disarming Scripture: Derek Flood tackles the problem of violence in the Bible

Derek Flood’s new book Disarming Scripture has just been released this month, and has already received endorsements and accolades from some pretty big names: Walter Brueggemann, Jim Wallis, Peter Enns, and Steve Chalke to name a few. Disarming Scripture deals with the problem of violence in Scripture, taking on some pretty huge issues—from commands to [Read More...]


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