God Loves Losers: Reflections on the Olympics

Olympics Day 3 - Swimming

I’m an Olympics junkie. Not only that, but I’m also  most ardently pro-American when watching them. My wife, Amy, and I were watching synchronized platform diving two nights ago (honestly, when else would we do that??) and she said she was kind of pulling for the team from Mexico to medal, even though it might mean pushing the [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails: “Festival of Tolerance” Edition

A nod to the Christian Cliches series. Two on one sign!

For some reason, I’ve happened on a particularly large number of church signs that point to, let’s say, the less tolerant side of faith. So why not put them all together into one Sunday “Special Edition?” Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume XXI Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume Twenty Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume Nineteen Church [Read More...]

Man Finds Jesus in His Tortilla

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Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Russ, my father-in-law, lives outside of Espanola, New Mexico. He can tell you from years of living there that the area is jumping with religious mysticism. One of the most famous sites in the state is [Read More...]

Is God Dead?

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There was a movement back in the 1960s that many of us have only read about, but some vividly remember. Philosophers and theologians explored what was labeled the “Death of God” movement. Interest in the subject has re-emerged particularly as of late because William Hamilton, one of the more prominent voices in the Death of [Read More...]

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. But while her mind has been betraying her for a while, it’s her health now that seems to [Read More...]

Examining John Piper’s “Masculine Christianity”

I really want to give people like John Piper the benefit of the doubt. Given that he’s a minister in the Baptist tradition, it doesn’t surprise me when he only refers to God as “he” or when he talks about the man’s role as spiritual head of the household. I grew up Baptist, so I’ve [Read More...]

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts

Our son, Mattias, is eight years old. Everyone thinks their kid is special, and in a lot of ways, he’s just a regular kid. He loves fart jokes, enjoys riding his scooter and is obsessed with video games. But we’ve known he was different from a very early age. Mattias started reading almost as soon [Read More...]

From Sex to Satan, Some Churches Will Try Anything

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I wrote a piece earlier this week about Pastor Ed Young and his wife doing a 24-hour live webcast in bed from the roof of their church to promote their new book, Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy With Your Spouse. Though I’m glad evangelical churches have begun talking more openly about sex in recent [Read More...]


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