Does Your God Need to Be Fired?

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What if the God that you have given your life to, trusted in, and believed would bless and take care of – what if that God didn’t exist? I remember in the early days of my experience in the Twelve Steps, I was asked by a long-time member what my God was like. In the Twelve Steps, they have this idea that you can have a higher power of your choosing which, of course as a minister, was marginally troubling before I understood what this belief was actually about. Anyways, this long-time … [Read more...]

When You Know Better, You Do Better?

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There is no question that ignorance can harm us; but I’m not sure knowing better is necessarily equated to doing better. When we are ignorant of something, we simply don’t know and we act in accordance. A great example is how in the first half of the 20th century doctors would recommend cigarettes to help ease their patients’ nerves. And it worked! But, it also gave people cancer. Ignorance. Knowing that smoking kills has no question motivated many people to stop, but you would think if … [Read more...]

Thank God, Persecution Is Coming

It seems that almost no one thinks that "our side" has lost. It's only a matter of time until same sex marriage has become the new normal. But, many conservatives are making another argument in response to this impending change: "Christians" will be persecuted for their beliefs. Is this true? Well, one problem with this argument is that it assumes that all Christians are the same. Using a statement like "Christians think..." makes almost no sense. Christians have differing opinions … [Read more...]

Do You Mean, “Yes”?

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There is a passage in Scripture that says not to swear by anything on the earth or the heavens, but let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”. (James 5:12) I think one of the fundamental blocks most people struggle with is the desire to be a selfless person; and yet as a result of obligation, guilt and expectations, we lose the honesty of our “yes” and our “no”, and thus become selfish because the meaning of our desires and our words have lost their power. I know … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement? Part 2

Soon after I left the New Reformed movement, I took an American Literature class. I was surprised to learn just how much Calvinism had influenced many of the early American classics. One author in particular drew me in: Nathaniel Hawthorne. I don't know much about Hawthorne, but after I read Young Goodman Brown, it felt like I knew exactly where he was coming from. The first negative experience I can remember coming from a New Calvinist preacher was when he described going to a baseball game, … [Read more...]

“Dad, I want to go to church”

This past weekend my wife and I fell into an interesting dilemma. Our 12-year-old son wanted to go with a friend to church. My initial response was, “Sure, no big deal.” I spoke with the friend’s mom on the phone about it, and she came by and picked him up on Sunday morning. He spent the morning and part of the afternoon with them and their church friends. Shortly after I said okay, I started looking around on the internet to see what kind of church this was. It looked “harmless.” … [Read more...]

Off the Cliff of Surrender

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For those of you who have been reading my writings for a while, you may have noticed that I am a proponent of the Twelve Steps. The more I surrender my life to God through them, the more I realise they are the essence of the message of Christ. March being the third month of the year, I am currently meditating on the third step quite a bit. The third step is, "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." I have been a Christian of some kind or … [Read more...]

I Heart Therapeutic Religion

A couple of days ago, I came across an article on the Church & Postmodern Culture site by Chad Lakies. His basic argument is that "therapeutic religion" has become the norm not just within evangelicalism, but within religion in general. After I read it, I really didn't get it, so I posed the following question to the author: I'm confused as to what the problem is with "therapeutic religion"? Not long after that, Tony Jones reposted the article on his blog. Many people seemed to share my … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Process Thought: An Unbeliever at the Hub of Process Theology

Before I ever applied for a Ph.D. program at Claremont School of Theology, I was aware that CST was primarily known for its work in process theology.  I had heard of John B. Cobb, David Ray Griffin, Philip Clayton and the Center for Process Studies, but that was about it.  During my graduate studies at Boston University’s School of Theology (another School of Theology sponsored by the United Methodist Church) I had read portions of A.N. Whitehead’s Process and Reality, Cobb & … [Read more...]

God Stories

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God is active in every story, and as such, He is often the invisible Character. Part of being a follower of Christ is becoming more and more acutely aware that God is a part of every aspect of our lives. That God is moving, crafting us, showing us grace and mercy; that God is with us in joy and sorrows, in victories and defeats.  People may doubt the claims of the Gospel, but the one thing they can’t doubt and can’t deny is its affects on your life. That’s why your story is so important. … [Read more...]


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