Are Christians Persecuted in the United States?

The answer, of course, to the question posed in the title is obviously “yes.” People of every possible view get persecuted in some way in every society, especially if one defines persecution broadly enough to include things like “being called stupid by a complete stranger on Facebook.” But since by that definition every category of [Read More...]

Culture Wars

The truth is, evangelical Christians have already “lost” the culture wars.And it’s not because the “other side” won or because evangelicals have failed to protect our own religious liberties.  Evangelicals lost the culture wars the moment they committed to fighting them, the moment they decided to stop washing feet and start waging war. And I [Read More...]

Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More...]

Where We Focus Our Efforts

The United States lags behind other countries in many respects, despite being wealthier, and in most instances also more populous. We have more money and hours than most other major world powers and developed nations to dedicate to the things we consider important. And so why are things like poverty, health care, and education not [Read More...]

How Christmas Shopping is Like Going to Church

David Hayward shared this cartoon: I think it is hilarious. But it makes some serious points. The oddity of giving people a certain time and saying that this will be “fellowship” time or “worship” is distinctly odd, and that oddity is only missed when we have be ome accustomed to this way of doing things. [Read More...]

Worth a Shot

I suspect that this identifies one not merely as a Christian but as belonging to a particular subset of Protestantism. Via Christian Memes on Facebook   [Read more...]

Why People Reject Evolution

From Tyler Francke’s God of Evolution blog, where you will also find the top ten signs that you don’t understand evolution at all. [Read more...]

Accepting Others

Yaholo Hoyt wrote a post about “God boxes” and this part really jumped out at me: I have met many Christians who feel like accepting others “as they are” without converting them is somehow betraying what they believe. But what good are your beliefs if they simply keep you away from others? If your beliefs [Read More...]

When Jesus Disarmed Peter

Tertullian had some very direct things to say about Jesus, warfare, and weapons. A sizeable portion of American Christians think that Tertullian got Jesus wrong. And, conversely, if Tertullian understood Jesus correctly, then a sizeable portion of Christians in American (though by no means all) actually (whether they admit it or not) think Jesus was [Read More...]

People Wrote It, You Believe Them, That Settles…Nothing

David Hayward's cartoon above gets at an important issue. I suspect that very few of the Bible's authors actually thought in this way. Most genuinely believed that their dreams, their sense of conviction, indicated that God had appointed them. Some are fairly clear that they are human beings like any others, researching, discerning, and writing [Read More...]

Syria and the Church

Today in my Sunday school class, we started off talking about the separation of church and state, and by the end we were talking about Syria. Syria also came up in the sermon, which was on Psalm 3, the first lament in the Psalter. I found my thoughts turning to Syria in one of my [Read More...]


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