Hell and the Love of God (Pt. 2 of 2)

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I was invited to participate in a debate as part of Oregon State University’s Socratic Club series. The topic was “Hell and the Love of God.” I debated against, Todd Miles, a professor at Western Seminary in Portland, who took the position that the existence of hell as a place of eternal conscious torment was [Read More...]

Hell and the Love of God (Pt. 1 of 2)

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I was invited to participate in a debate as part of Oregon State University’s Socratic Club series. The topic was “Hell and the Love of God.” I debated against, Todd Miles, a professor at Western Seminary in Portland, who took the position that the existence of hell as a place of eternal conscious torment was [Read More...]

Into the Shadows: The Origins of Hell and Satan (Part 2 of 2)

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Yesterday, I discussed some of the historical bases for our contemporary understanding of Satan. Today, I’ll consider how hell evolved as part of the Christian faith. In Old Testament scripture, the resting place for the dead is called Sheol. While some believe this is the same as hell, there are indications to the contrary. In [Read More...]

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)

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(I was invited to take part in a debate about hell at a university recently, but unfortunately, the dates don’t work with y schedule this time. But since it’s an interesting topic, and one about which many folks have questions, I thought I’d share a couple of short essays I’ve written on the subject.)  While [Read More...]

New “Hellbound?” Movie Challenges the Prospect of Hell

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Apologies folks, but the review has been pulled for the moment. To be released in its entirety closer to the premier of the movie in September. For now, please check out the trailer Hellbound Trailer Theatrical Vimeo from Kevin Miller on Vimeo. Find other deets on the film at www.hellboundthemovie.com. [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...]

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...]

BANNED QUESTION: Should a Biblical Hell be Taken Literally?

The following is a passage from the book, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE. Visit Chalice Press, order the BANNED QUESTIONS books online or by phone and use the promotional code “BANNEDMAR” for a 40% discount. Hell, Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus are all labeled as “Hell.” By most Christians. Are they really the same? Are [Read More...]


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