Is Capitalism Un-Biblical?

I teach a weekly Sunday School class at our church. Usually we take a question each week from my “Banned Questions” book series and talk about it. But this past week was different. I simply couldn’t sit through half of a day in a context of discipleship and worship and not talk about the Michael [Read More...]

The Greatest Commandment: Further Evidence Jesus was a Radical Subversive

I was asked today how, with all of the crazy stories in the Bible, we ever begin to use that same collection of stories, poems, historical accounts and laws to really discern what God wants. Good question. First, I think we have to consider how we understand God, and therefore, the Bible. For me, I [Read More...]

Five Reasons post-Christianity is Good for Us

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Anyone who has been paying attention knows that Christianity is in decline in the western world by all accounts. From progressive mainline churches to evangelical mega-churches, most institutional religious bodies are experiencing precipitous drops in attendance and giving. Meanwhile, the Christian voice in the civil and political conversations is also giving way to other perspectives, [Read More...]

God Isn’t Punishing Mark Driscoll

This week has been a rough one for Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Following one scandal after another, the Acts 29 Network – which he helped found – removed his standing and his church’s standing within the network. They also encouraged him to step down as the leader of Mars Hill. [Read More...]

postChristian: The Foreword

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Following is the foreword pulled from my book, “postChristian: What’s left? Can we fix it? Do we care?“, being published by Jericho Books/Hachette August 12, 2014.      This book will piss you off, at least a little bit. It should, anyway. The Christian religion is not what it should be, what it claims to [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, ‘Pastor Judgment Day’ Edition

#1. If churches don't know how to spell "judgment," who does? #2. Could we maybe move pastor appreciation day up a day, since, yaknow, some of you won't be here tomorrow (not saying who...)

Little known fact: The church sign phenomenon was started by a traveling letter salesman by the same of Alfonz Farkle back in the mid-17th century. Was known as the “Johnny Appleseed of church nomenclature.” Look it up! [Read more...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Church + Porn = FAIL” Edition

Total fail! Someone should tell them that the plural of "video" doesn't need an apostrophe. Doy!

Pastor, I promise I thought it was a “PAWN” store. I totally was just cashing in these old offering plates for some track money. Totally above board. [Read more...]

How Would Jesus Vote?

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I read an article on Huffington Post today about a new survey by a nonpartisan organization called YouGov of self-identified Christians. Asked how they believe Jesus would vote on various hot current topics, here’s a run-down of the results: 1. Jesus would not support gay marriage. 2. Jesus would oppose legal abortion. 3. Jesus would [Read More...]


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