Jesus Wouldn’t Do Lists (But I do)

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Anyone who knows me very well can tell you I’m pretty intense about things. When I start on a new book project, sometimes I will write six to ten hours a day until I’m done, my hands give out or my family claws and wails outside my office door. So of course, when I decided [Read More...]

Punk Protesters Sentenced to Two Years in Russian Jail

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An update from CNN on the previous story about the Russian punk trio standing trial for protesting against President Putin in a Russin Orthodox church: Three members of Russian female punk rock band P—- Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill: A Case for Accountability

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I wrote a piece recently about Mark Driscoll, his Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and their practice of disciplining members. A number of bloggers have responded with our concerns about how the situation was handled, and recently Mars Hill issued a brief response to criticism of their handling of the matter (thanks to Ian Ebright [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll: Sadist Pastor on the (Mars) Hill

I grew up in the Baptist Church as many of you already know. While there was a lot of positive that came from it – largely in direct relationship with other church members – there was always an undercurrent of fear and guilt that I found oppressive. Beyond that, I actually found the message often [Read More...]

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”

I’d like to think I’m pretty consistent in my advocacy for the poor. I have worked with numerous poverty-related nonprofits over the years, preached about it and worked on it in church, written about it, and so on. But in general, all of that remains at a large “macro” level. It is a nameless, faceless [Read More...]

Top 5 Blog Posts: A Month in Review

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There’s been a great deal more traffic on this blog in the past month. For that, I offer my sincere thanks! The discussions have picked up in volume and conviction, and it’s really fun to watch and help facilitate. Since I found that folks seem to really appreciate “Top 5″ or “Top 10″ lists, I [Read More...]

Re-Membering: the Heart of the Gospel

One of my favorite things about being part of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community is that we observe communion every time we participate in worship. I know for some the frequency poses the risk of draining the ritual of its significance. But for me, it’s my favorite moment, pretty much every time. There [Read More...]

The Nerd Gospel

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I have a number of identifiers on my various venues I write for and on my email signature: heretic, antagonist, father, son, instigator, pop culture junkie, theologian, social media guru, and so on. But one seems to resonate with folks more than any other: GOD NERD For some it’s just a funny juxtaposition of words. [Read More...]


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