Faith Under Fire: Kelvin Cochran Case Moves Forward

The city of Atlanta is supposed to be the buckle of the Bible belt. But when their fire chief published a book in which he quoted Scripture, he was fired for doing so.Kelvin Cochran was made to care.I've had the privilege of interviewing Chief Cochran about his ordeal for the upcoming book I co-authored with Erick Erickson entitled You Will Be Made to Care.In fact, I will feature the interview in one of the first episodes of the You Will Be Made to Care podcasts launching in … [Read more...]

5 Books That Make Great Last Minute Gifts

Merry Christmas, FaithWalkers!I pray the holiday ahead is a joyous one, no matter what mountains you may be facing right now.If you are like me, you've put off the whole gift-giving thing until the last-minute.If you're not like me, congratulations. You can relax a bit.If it's a help, here are 5 books I would recommend as great last-minute gifts (and yes, I am biased). 5 Books that Make Great Last Minute Gifts A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Help Syrian Refugees Right Now

When I wrote about Syrian refugees a few weeks ago, I said it is not bigoted or unloving — and definitely not un-Christian — to protect the safety of our families and our homeland.But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the families fleeing for their lives.  And whether they are Christian or Muslim should not matter one bit.Christ has called us to be wise and gentle, both protecting the innocent and generously giving to those in need. The two are not contradictory.The question no … [Read more...]

Pistol Packin’ Jesus: A Response to Shane Claiborne

Jesus’ message was the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17, 23; Lk. 8:1). The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the earth. [1] Near the heart of that kingdom-rule lies justice (=righteousness, [Mt. 6:33;  Heb. 1:8]). That justice includes (as I intend briefly to show) the defense, including lethal defense, if necessary, of judicially innocent life. [2] Therefore, Jesus, by implication, would have supported — and does support — carrying firearms to defend that life.The fact that this line of reasoni … [Read more...]

Rubio Is Right: Obey God, Not the Supreme Court

Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio turned some heads on the Left recently by saying we should obey God rather than men.The fact that such a simple statement would provoke controversy at all signals just how far our freedoms have already slipped.What Rubio said is nothing new. It is what nearly every Christian -- and people of every major religion -- have believed for two millenia:In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally … [Read more...]

“Stained Glass” Brings Gospel to Video Game Industry

“It’s just a game!”We’ve all heard that expression countless times, usually to justify the game in a situation where someone seems to have overreacted to losing, or maybe when someone feels the game is unfair.But what if that game brought the gospel to the video game industry?When is a game NOT just a game?  At what point does it truly become a negative influence on the player?When I came across this video from Lightside Games, I had just seen my pre-teen son absorbed in playi … [Read more...]

Would Jesus Bomb ISIS? Ask a Stupid Question…

When I proposed a few day ago that ISIS needed the Gospel and a good bombing, several critics pushed back by playing the Jesus card. They declared us as sinners to be analogous to ISIS jihadists, and compared Jesus to the innocent victims of their attacks. A few Facebook comments, for example: Comment 1: This is so away from Jesus I don't even know where to start. Good thing Jesus didn't take this approach when we put him on the cross. Comment 2: Did Jesus keep the legions of angels at bay in t … [Read more...]

Syrian Refugees Test Common Sense, Not Bigotry

We are all bigots now, apparently. Why? Because we don't welcome refugees from Syria into America with open arms when we know ISIS is using them as cover to infiltrate Western nations and kill us.ISIS is creating a crisis -- made worse by our own fecklessness -- and then leveraging it to their advantage.And we are being pressured to let them get away with it by our "compassionate" leaders who lack the courage to act in the face of evil.It is easier to bully us than to bully Islamic … [Read more...]


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