Hip-Hop as Theological Exploration

If it weren’t for hip-hop, I wouldn’t be in the church, period. What I later heard from some great pastors, I first heard from some dope emcees and gifted songwriters whose songs are described by church folk as “indecent” and “improper” and “unorthodox”. They are, and I thank God for them, because those were my burning bushes. [Read more…]

Dear Professor: Is This Class Going to Challenge My Faith and Make Me Uncomfortable?

I had a student write me after the very first meeting of my Bible and Western Civilization I class, which I’m teaching this semester at the University of Houston. While I won’t reproduce the email here, the very condensed version of it went a little like this: “I’m very Christian, I like the Bible, I [Read More…]

Rob Bell: The Word ‘Evangelical’ Has Been Hijacked and We Need to Take it Back

“I think we should take the word ‘evangelical’ back. The word’s been hijacked and it’s wrong, and we need to take it back.” That’s former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, schooling us on the real meaning of the word “evangelical” while making a passionate plea for reclaiming the word and it’s original meaning for us today. The word [Read More…]