Church Sign Epic Fails: Faith vs Reason Throwdown

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I’m not going to have time to post this tomorrow, so enjoy your Church Sign Epic Fails a little early this week! Today, we have a face-off between faith and reason, as some seem to feel like having both coexist is a physical impossibility. So with a few others thrown in for a little spice, [Read More...]

Top Five Stories from the Past Month

With almost thirty-seven thousand views this past month, I’m humbled and encouraged by the ever-growing readership finding their way here. THANK YOU for helping make this blog such a pleasure to put together and share every day. So without any further delay, here’s what people have been reading the most. #5 Critiques of the “Blue [Read More...]

Compassion Wins: A Longtime Atheist Becomes Christian

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Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known for his public stands against Christianity, recently announced that he has become a Christian. There are lots of ways to look at this. Some Christians may take this as validation that they were right and atheists were wrong. Some might consider it a point for the good guys. But [Read More...]

Slavery, Tokenism and the Atheist PR Debacle

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Atheist activism is hardly news these days. Folks are feeling increasingly convicted about taking their disbelief public, and more specifically, pointing out the damage done my religion in the past. But it seems the most recent publicity campaign by a group called American Atheists has gone a little too far, even for those not in [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening

Everyone who calls me to speak somewhere, it seems, wants me to address the issue of declining church membership, and particularly how to connect with younger adults. The problem is that sometimes the invitation is built on a false premise. It’s the hope of many churches that if they can find a way to connect [Read More...]

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God

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It’s funny, but I realized that when I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. I don’t have anything personally against atheists. Some of my best friends are atheists. I even like Ricky Gervais. He’s an atheist, [Read More...]

We, the Pharisees

I was asked to read and reflect on a portion of Matt Woodley’s new mediation book, “The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us” by InterVarsity Press. I’m always wary of such requests, partly because of my more heterodox approach to scripture. But this latest addition to IVP’s Resonate Series left me with some meat to [Read More...]

Can you be both an atheist and a Christian?

I probably sped at least as much time discussing theology with people who claim atheism or agnosticism as I do with other Christians. I tend to prefer it this way. After one of these kinds of chats recently, I started wondering if someone actually could be a Christian, while also not believing in a divine being. It began as a fairly abstract intellectual exercise, but the answer I came up with actually surprised me. [Read more...]


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