What Comes From God

Rachel Held Evans wrote on Facebook, and gave me permission to quote it: I confess. Sometimes I need reminding it doesn’t go like this: “Dear friends, let us be right, for being right comes from God. Everyone who is right has been born of God and knows God. Whoever is wrong does not know God [Read More…]

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The Real Test of our Faith

“The real test of our faith is not how well we love those who are most like us, but how well we love those who are least like us.” Ben Irwin, “ISIS, Genocide, and the Real Test of Whom We Love” The quote is so important that I made two memes, in the hope that different [Read More…]

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Christian Diversity and Love of Enemies

“Christianity has always been diverse, and has long been plagued by a tendency toward reciprocal condemnation and exclusion of others who have different opinions than our own, as we have proved time and again to be unable to apply the demand of Jesus that we love our enemies to those who are ‘enemies’ only of [Read More…]

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Same Scripture Different Response

David Hayward shared the above cartoon, which makes the point that people with the same sacred texts apply them in very different ways. And so it can be argued that what people do with a sacred text is much more interest and telling than what the text itself says. A text which teaches love will not [Read More…]

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Called to Convert

The quote comes from a Facebook status update by Jesse Dooley, shared here with his permission. [Read more…]

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They Will Know We Are Christians

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The Bible as Love Letter from Kierkegaard

Kyle Roberts wrote a response to my recent post about the Bible not being a love letter from God. Here is an excerpt: I’m currently co-authoring a commentary, so it may seem strange for me to come to the defense of Kierkegaard’s analogy. Aren’t I one of those who are dodging God’s Word precisely by writing academic [Read More…]

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The Extent of Literalism

When I first posted the cartoon above by Tim “Spike” Davis, it was accompanied by a screenshot of someone arguing that, since the Bible refers to people reasoning with their hearts in the Bible, the heart must contain a tiny brain. I was subsequently informed that the individual who expressed this view had experienced a severe [Read More…]

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Do as Jesus Says, Not as He Does?

Bruce Gerencser shared the above graphic, which another blogger made from a quote of his. Bruce writes, “for any Christian who happens to stumble upon my deep, dark, evil corner of the blogosphere, I’d love to hear your explanation of Jesus saying, love your enemies, while God, the alter-ego of Jesus, tortures his enemies in hell. [Read More…]

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Belief informs Behavior

Ben Irwin wrote recently on his blog: If your theology leads to behavior that is unloving or unkind, chances are there’s a problem with your theology. Belief informs behavior. Your actions are shaped in part by your theology. In which case, the ultimate test of any rule or doctrine is not, “Does it cohere intellectually?” but, “Does [Read More…]

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Love Your Neighbor More Than Your Theology

What Daniel Kirk said recently on his blog speaks for itself, but click through for the context, and see Fred Clark’s further thoughts on the subject. [Read more…]

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