What is an Evangelical?

The “E Word” in Christianity is a funny thing. In one respect, Evangelicals are self-identified, and therefore, self-defined. On the other, popular culture (particularly media) lays its own meaning on what it means to be Evangelical. In the latter context, the word inevitably translates to “Conservative Christian.” But I think this definition isn’t fair. What’s [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...]

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...]

Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins?

One of the most pivotal concepts in contemporary Christianity has to do with whether Jesus died for the sins of humanity. For many, this is a central tenet of their Christian faith; for others, the very idea that a God would require the spilling of blood — let alone that of his son — to [Read More...]

Nailing Down the Nature of Sin

A group at our church has been going through BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE, and the question we took on last Wednesday led to a great discussion, but one that left me wondering: Are some sins worse or better than others? Most of the responses leaned toward “yes,” but that wasn’t the interesting part. When [Read More...]

BANNED QUESTION: Are some sins worse or better than others?

Are some sins worse or better than others? (From the book, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE by Chalice Press, edited by Christian Piatt. Order either BANNED QUESTIONS book on the Chalice Press website during the month of March, enter the promotional code “BANNEDMAR” at checkout and receive a 40% discount.) Nadia Bolz-Weber: It’s important to [Read More...]


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