Game of Thrones, Evil, Suffering and the Gospel

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Following is a clip of a few minutes from our Heretic’s Guide LIVE CHAT today. The full video, along with the study and other content, are on the full Heretic’s Guide to the Bible website. We covered a lot of ground, from the ethics of consuming pop culture (leading to a great talk on Game [Read More...]

Why Blood Atonement Theology Weakens God

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I wrote a piece about communion recently, called “What Does Communion Mean Without Atonement?” which has gotten a lot of attention, both good and critical. That doesn’t surprise me, of course, but it’s such a core element of the Christian faith that I felt it was worth revisiting in some more depth. So below are [Read More...]

What Does Communion Mean Without Atonement?

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I am part of a small denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and I always have to explain that, yes, the parentheses are actually part of the denominational name. Long story. Just trust me on this. Our denomination is known for being very non-credal, which basically means we don’t tell churches what to [Read More...]

Why Am I a Christian?

Following the series of four “Christian Cliche” articles, I received hundreds of responses from across the spectrum. One in particular, however, stood out to me. A man who does not consider himself to be a Christian asked me why it is that I identify as a Christian, particularly given my apparent difference on a number [Read More...]

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

I’ve never liked the fact that we call the day on which we remember Jesus’ crucifixion “Good Friday.” What’s so good about it anyway? Personally I find the entirety of Holy Week – save for Easter – pretty depressing. Sure, the days are getting longer and things have started to grow all around us, but [Read More...]

Did Jesus Have to Die to Save Us from Sin?

One of the cornerstones in the belief of many Christians is that “Jesus died for our sins.” However, I often struggled with this idea on many levels. Why would a God of peace, love and mercy require blood atonement? Didn’t Jesus forgive sin before his death? And doesn’t this, in some ways, put the power [Read More...]

Hating Religion, Loving Jesus: A Well-Meaning False Dichotomy

This week has seen a new viral sensation take over our computer screens. A spoken word artist who goes by the name Bball1989 released a video on Youtube that has, in less than a week, received more than six million hits called “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” So regardless of what any of [Read More...]


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