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...]

Three Cups of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” made tremendous waves when it hit bookshelves. The heartening stories of reaching across cultural and national lines to give hope to Pakistani children in the form of new schools was the stuff of Hollywood screenplays. Mortenson became a celebrity. Unfortunately, recent light has been shed on some [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...]

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...]

Original Sin With Sprinkles On Top

ice cream crisis

We took our kids to Disney World for a week of manufactured happiness. Yes, they’ve been having a blast, but they’ve also been more emotional in all directions than usual. Something about this place has an effect similar to drugs like cocaine; whatever your inherent personality is like, at Disney World you’ll be like that [Read More...]

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...]

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...]


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