Why ISIS Doesn’t Have to Win (and We Can’t Defeat Them)

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Yesterday I wrote an article about a discussion I had with my son about the instability and conflict in the Middle East. Following is a personal reflection to follow up on the article. Read the previous piece HERE.  In the wake of the Paris attacks, the continuing exodus of Syrian refugees and the growing destabilization wrought [Read More...]

Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

No one reasonably disputes that attendance in Christian churches is in sharp decline. The real lingering question is “why?” which is one of the most important questions I take on in my new book, “postChristian: What’s left? Can we fix it? Do we care?” Though it’s not solely responsible, the internet – along with the [Read More...]

Is Immortality Talk Just “Fear of the Dark?”

Renowned scientist and author of such books as “A Brief History of Time” Stephen Hawking suggested recently that it is conceivable in the future that we may be able to upload the contents of the human brain onto a computer so that the information may, in a sense, become immortalized. He readily conceded, however, that [Read More...]

Radical Theology: The New “White” Religion?

I’ve experienced some strange extremes lately. First, I attended – and spoke at – the Subverting the Norm conference in Springfield, MO, where we took some time to consider how, if at all, so-called “radical theology” could exist within today’s religious systems. Then I got home and found my latest TIME Magazine, with a cover [Read More...]

Christian Anarchy, Jacques Ellul and Joel McKerrow

Up front, Christian and Jordan discuss their Christmases, and whether Hitler painted houses or paintings. The interview was actually recorded last summer, when the two sat down in Christian’s kitchen to talk with Australian spoken word artist Joel McKerrow. They discuss the land down under, Wild Goose West, and Joel does some really cool spoken [Read More...]

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?

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I’m a fan of TIME Magazine. It offers concise, intelligent summaries and opinions on the news that help keep me up with current events. They had an interesting article in the last few weeks about the factors that seem to affect a political party’s election results in the upcoming cycle. From their findings, it’s the [Read More...]

Justice Kennedy and Relationship as Social Justice

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I’ve always been fascinated by the supreme court. I think I read Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Nine,” in about 36 hours. I think the most interesting part about the court is how set apart it seems to be, not beholden to the other two branches of government in making their decisions. Yes, they bring their [Read More...]

When I Think of Heaven

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The popularity of Colton Burpo’s story, called Heaven is For Real,, about experiencing heaven while undergoing surgery raises very mixed feelings for me. On its own, it’s a nice story. It presents a hopeful outlook of what happens to us after death, and there’s little in the short tome to get worked up about. But [Read More...]


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