When You Say “Sin,” What Do You Mean?

I wrote a piece recently that appeared on the Red Letter Christians site, and the discussion that followed in the comments section was particularly interesting to me. The article considered the Biblical scripture when Jesus calls the Canaanite woman a dog and, at least at first, denies her request for help. I and some fellow [Read More...]

What Are Your “Banned Questions” About Christians?

I’ve really enjoyed working the last couple of years on a new book series called the “Banned Questions” series. The first book, Banned Questions About the Bible, came out in early 2011 and the second, Banned Questions About Jesus, was just recently published. Aside from taking on provocative and challenging theological material, at the heart [Read More...]

Protestant Thoughts on the New Catholic Mass

Not being a Catholic, all of the headlines about the upcoming changes to the Church’s services were a bit of a mystery to me at first. But I’ve since been reading up on the pending adjustments, and in doing so, I’ve learned a little bit more about just how different Catholic Mass is from what [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...]

The Eerie Efficiency of Disney

zoe and mickey

This picture, capping day three of theme park bliss, pretty much says it all. Almost, anyway. What you can just barely see on Zoe’s chin is the beginning of a three-inch scrape that travels from there and up along her left jawline. When Zoe gets tired, she gets hyper. she also gets clumsy, which makes [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...]

Colonial Barriers in Seminary Education

I’m glad to see the conversation taking place in the Patheos forum about whether Seminary as an institution is on its way out, headed for radical reform, or if the cries of “fire” are overblown. Many of the issues that concern me have been addressed, but there’s one particular issue I see as central to [Read More...]

An Ironic Problem for “Occupy Wall Street”

I’ll start by saying I agree with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, at least in principal. Anyone willing to take the time and effort to stand nonviolent against systems that oppress on behalf of the marginalized has some merit. That said, I, like many others, am a little baffled by the intent of the movement. [Read More...]


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