The Fallacy of Statements of Faith

I have a confession to make. A while back, I was applying for an editing job with a fairly prominent Christian media company, and in the application process, I was asked to sign a statement of faith. For those unfamiliar, this is a list of things that the organization in question claims to believe, and [Read More…]

Activism, Slacktivism or Distractivism?

I struggle to know how much is enough. I hear about Joseph Kony and the many children he’s exploited as child soldiers. I get angry, discouraged. I write about it, talk to friends about it. And then my life keeps moving and I don’t think about it again for days or weeks. Trayvon Martin, an [Read More…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume Seventeen

Today’s church signs are available baked, boiled, fried or au gratin… [Read more…]

David Barton: You’re Poor Because You Don’t Read the Bible

Those who wish the see the wall of separation between church and state burned down have a rather colorful – if not exactly truthful – spokesperson on their side these days. Evangelical preacher, founder of “WallBuilders Live” and perennial headline grabber David Barton is known for his “out there” claims, but his most recent is [Read More…]

Indentured Servitude: Why Student Loans Won’t Go Away

There have been lots of news stories lately about student loan forgiveness and the like, and as the holder of serious five-figure graduate student loans, you’d think I’d follow the discussion closely. But to be honest, I haven’t paid much attention for one, possibly cynical, reason; the systems isn’t going to change. I joke sometimes [Read More…]

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution

It started with a few pieces of construction paper. If you’ve been following my blog at all over the past few months, you know that Amy and I recently moved our family from Southern Colorado, where we planted a church eight years ago, to Portland, Oregon. Though we’re still doing ministry, it’s a completely different [Read More…]

Rebel Nuns: When the Faithful Stop Obeying

It seems the Sisters of North America are calling the Vatican out. When criticized by Vatican officials for taking a position too far left of center on a number of social issues, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious responded by calling the Vatican’s criticisms unsubstantiated and flawed. But the rhetoric didn’t stay at the topical [Read More…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume Sixteen

Sweet sixteen and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume Fifteen Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume Fourteen Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume Thirteen Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Eleven Church Sign Epic Fails, Part Ten Cherch Sine Epuc Failz: Badd Spellurs Edishun Church Sign Epic [Read More…]

A Theology of America’s Zombie Apocalypse

It seems that America is on the verge of a zombie apocalypse. First, Ronald Poppo had most of his face eaten off by Rudy Eugene, and now, Alexander Kinyua reportedly killed his roommate, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie and then ate his heart and part of his brain. Is it just coincidence that this spate of violent [Read More…]

Biblical Add-Ons, Edits & Agendas: A Challenge to Literalism?

After reading my post about Randy Wolford, the snake-handling pastor, died from a venomous snakebite, blogger Tim Suttle sent me a link to his own post on the subject. Suttle’s angle was different, and I found it fascinating. Basically, he contends that the verses in Mark that Wolford and others use to justify handling snakes [Read More…]