How To Live Relatively Safely, Without Owning A Defensive Firearm

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I’ve always wondered why the gun lobby seems to keep sending us the message that a gun is the best way to ensure personal and home safety. Strike that– I know why they send the message: the gun lobby sells guns. Despite the fact that having a gun in your home increases your risk of gun-death, somehow [Read More...]

Using the Bible To Run From Jesus (What If Jesus Actually Is Enough?)

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Growing up, I learned a lot about Jesus. As an adult, I’ve learned even more. One of the common threads that has been part of my journey was the idea that “Jesus is sufficient” or what is sometimes called the “sufficiency of Christ.” In my fundamentalist world, the sufficiency of Christ was a theological descriptor [Read More...]

6 Billion Reasons Why The American Gun Lobby Loves Them A Good Mass Shooting

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I’ll admit it: I’m officially to the point where I believe that the gun lobby in America actually loves mass shootings. I don’t mean that as hyperbole either, I actually think mass shootings are very, very good for them and must be something they rejoice over. Let me explain a bit: A good rule of thumb [Read More...]

The Road To Death Camps Is Paved With Fear-based Rhetoric


In our divisive political climate, Hitler comparisons are far too common and grossly misused. Most of the time, the comparisons are simply inappropriate. However, as I have been pondering this issue for some weeks, I’ve realized there is an appropriate time and place to make a Hitler comparison. Making a Hitler comparison is far game [Read More...]

How To Judge Less, Love More, And Grow Your Heart In Just Six Weeks

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Perhaps one of the best known verses in the Bible comes from Matthew 7 and Luke 6 when Jesus commands his disciples to “judge not.” Ask 10 people what that actually means, and you’ll probably get 10 different explanations. Whatever it does or doesn’t mean however, I hope we can all agree that as Christians we [Read More...]

No, Mike Huckabee, Jesus Didn’t Define Marriage.

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The other day Mike Huckabee was on MSNBC and made the claim that Jesus specifically outlined what marriage looks like. It’s a claim I’ve heard a million times– and perhaps you have as well. However, this claim is not exactly true and is a classic case of attempting to use ancient scriptures to answer modern [Read More...]

BREAKING: Attention On Kim Davis Vs. Refugee Crisis Reveals We’ve Got Issues


So, it’s breaking news that Kim Davis has been released from jail. For the past week, stories about Davis have comprised about 90% of my Facebook newsfeed. I even wrote one of them– it’s a story that has a time and place. But with images of dead refugees washing up on the shores of Turkey, [Read More...]

What Jesus Meant When He Said, “I Didn’t Come To Bring Peace, But A Sword”

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There’s a passage in Matthew 10 that comes up somewhat frequently in conversations– perhaps you’re familiar with it. It’s a passage where Jesus said, “Do not suppose I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have come not to bring peace, but a sword.” It’s a strong statement. I see this passage brought [Read More...]

The Ultimate Signs You Got Your “Biblical” Worldview From Fox News

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As Christians we’re called to be in the world but not “of the world” yet that’s easier said than done. With a million facets of culture surrounding us, there are countless people and things that beg to shape our worldview. Many of them do so quite successfully, and without us even recognizing it. One of [Read More...]

BREAKING: Josh Duggar Checks Into Long-Term Treatment Facility


Continuing the long saga of Josh Duggar, it appears he has now checked into a long-term treatment facility following the most recent revelations that he had an Ashley Madison account. The following statement was just released by the Duggar family on their official blog: “We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and [Read More...]