Dealing With Inconsistencies in Scripture

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The four Gospels in the Bible are central to the Christian faith. But they don’t always agree on the facts. So which is right? Which is most important? And does it even matter if certain stories are told differently from Gospel to Gospel? Some who feel the need to interpret the Bible literally have to [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...]

Belief in Jesus: The Only Way to Heaven?

Following is one of the more interesting questions posed in Banned Questions About Jesus. This one verse from the Gospel of John is the subject of much controversy and, for some, no small amount of pain and confusion. So in the book, I asked several contributors to offer their thoughts, including Phil Snider, Chris Haw [Read More...]

Jesus’ Moment of Atheism

I’ve been working my way through Peter Rollins’ new book, Insurrection, when I came across a section that intersected with a question raised in my latest “Banned Questions” book, Banned Questions About Jesus. The question posed in the book is as follows: Why did Jesus cry out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken [Read More...]

Be A Man: Ethical Responses to Violence

I wonder, both as a parent and a follower of the way of Jesus, how to even go about defining violence, and what my call as a Christian is – or for that matter, simply as a member of the human species – to do about it. I remember when I took wrestling in grade [Read More...]

PODCAST: All Things Christian and Taboo

A while back I did an interview with Cliff Zier and Roger Noriega from NDB Media on Blog Talk Radio about my Banned Questions book series. We get into some pretty interesting discussions about hell, Biblical literalism, homosexuality and all that good stuff religious folks usually would rather not talk about. Check it out. Christian [Read More...]

What Are Your “Banned Questions” About Christians?

I’ve really enjoyed working the last couple of years on a new book series called the “Banned Questions” series. The first book, Banned Questions About the Bible, came out in early 2011 and the second, Banned Questions About Jesus, was just recently published. Aside from taking on provocative and challenging theological material, at the heart [Read More...]

Was Jesus a Bigot?

One of the biggest barriers to helpful, healthy conversation about the Christian faith seems to revolve around fear. What if I don’t know something I should and others find out? What if I ask a question that makes me look stupid, unfaithful or even heretical? So instead we wander through our lives of faith, wondering [Read More...]


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