Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins?

One of the most pivotal concepts in contemporary Christianity has to do with whether Jesus died for the sins of humanity. For many, this is a central tenet of their Christian faith; for others, the very idea that a God would require the spilling of blood — let alone that of his son — to [Read More...]

Parting Thoughts from Soularize

I came a little bit late to the game. This was my first Soularize event, but founder Spencer Burke also announced it will be the last. Always the visionary, Spencer is moving on, carrying the conversation “from critique to action,” he says. with this, he announced his new Mission Planting project, with the focus on [Read More...]

Soularize, Day Two

It’s a good thing that Soularize, the missional ministry gathering going on this week in San Diego, is only three days long. I don’t think I could handle more than that. And I mean that in a good way. More important than any of the talks, workshops and the like has been the opportunity to [Read More...]

Day One at Soularize 2011

I’m still operating from the haze of fatigue from a breakneck day in San Diego with some of the most exciting thinkers and activists in Christianity today. That, and I cannot, for the life of me, find the coffee in the guest house where Amy and I are staying. All of this, combined wit the [Read More...]

Jesus Needs a Background Check

Free Child Care

As I pulled in to church this morning I saw the sign in this photo across the street in an empty lot. I’m guessing I don’t have to explain why this creeped me out, but just in case… Who offers free child care? Why are they motivated to do this? Are they a cult? Pedophiles? [Read More...]

The Power of Poo

The first step in my journey to recovery is to admit I am powerless over my daughter’s bowel movements. Zoe is coming up on three years old, which means, among other things, that she is discovering creative ways (infuriating for her parents) to assert her power an autonomy. There are the theatrical moment where she [Read More...]

Wrestling With Ethical Food Choices

I’ve always been a fan of the philosophy that if God had meant for humans not to eat meat, it wouldn’t taste so delicious. Mostly I like that perspective because I’ve grown up eating some kind of meat my entire life. But lately I’ve started to wonder if there’s a Biblical basis for vegetarianism. In [Read More...]

Anwar Al-Awlaki: Eye For an Eye, Or a Third Way?

(Originally published in the Huffington Post) I’ve been reflecting on the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaida leader operating from Yemen, by American forces. A friend asked me if the fact that al-Awlaki was American-born had any impact on how I felt about his death. Those who have followed the story likely realize [Read More...]

From Prosperity Gospel to Disparity Gospel?

I’m not going to spend too much time or energy expressing my disdain for Prosperity Gospel, the kind of ministry by the likes of Joel Osteen that preaches about how Jesus wants you to be rich. Actually, it’s more about drawing a correlation between your material success and your faithfulness, but whatever you call it, [Read More...]

Sex is Dirty; Save It for Marriage

Three generations of women in my family left the house this morning for a women’s tea at church. My wife, Amy, and a few other women started this monthly tradition a while back at Milagro (the congregation we founded in our house seven years ago) when we realized we had a number of young girls [Read More...]


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