Truth or Fact? (Heretic’s Guide to the Bible)

Fact or Truth? Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 20:19-31 Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit into them. He endows them with powers of healing and forgiveness of sin. Thomas wasn’t there and doesn’t believe unless he sees Jesus for himself. Jesus reappears to the disciples and [Read More…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Drive Thru Crucifixion” Edition (2 of 2)

I went up to the drive-through and ordered a Big Mac, and all I got was this crucifixion instead. Can anyone say “REFUND???” [Read more…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Old Testament Sex” Edition (1 of 2)

I’m so full-up on church signs that I’m offering a double dose for Easter. Enjoy this, the first of two installments. [Read more…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Holy Sex” Edition

In church growing up I got two messages about sex: It’s dirty, and; Save it for the one person you love enough to marry. Got it! Wait… Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mormons [Read More…]

VIDEO Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition

Hang on to your junk, folks. This one might sting a little…   Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mormons Rock” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Family Values” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Pass [Read More…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition

There are only two things I can’t stand: people who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch… Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mormons Rock” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Family Values” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Pass the Ammo” [Read More…]

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

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)

(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…]