5 Reasons We So Blindly Support Israel in Spite of the Truth or Biblical Ethics

Over the course of time I’ve noticed a troubling trend: it’s *almost* impossible to have a reasonable discussion with fellow Christians who believe we are called to give unwavering support the modern secular nation state of Israel. This of course, has led me to try to figure out why this is the case. Why do [Read More…]

5 Reasons Why I’m A Christian Who Stopped Supporting Israel

Growing up conservative Evangelical, we loved Israel as much as we loved America– probably even more. And why not, right? We truly believed that among the world’s nations, God actually has a favorite– and that he will curse anyone who doesn’t blindly support his team. When you sincerely believe that, there’s little room left for actually thinking, because [Read More…]

If The Bible Commands Us To Bless Israel, It Commands Us To Bless Muslims Too

With violence erupting between the nation of Israel and the Christians and Muslims referred to collectively as the Palestinians, so also have American Christians taken to the airwaves to pledge their unwavering support for Israel. Certainly, for those of us who grew up in fundamentalism, blind and unwavering support for the modern state of Israel [Read More…]

Wrestle With God Over Your Questions, Your Anxieties, And Everything Else: He Can Handle It

I remembered the story from my childhood well, but it never meant as much to me until today. The picture from my now falling apart children’s Bible (right) is one that has been etched in my mind for more than 30 years. Perhaps you remember this story too: the night when Jacob wrestled with God. [Read More…]

Living Under Israeli Occupation: My Interview With A Christian in Palestine

With recent elections in Israel and peace talks with Iran, talk has been in the news once again about the Israel and Palestinian conflict. I’ve also been hosting conversation here on the blog about errant pro-Israel theology that we are taught by fundamentalism, and which encourages us to support the oppression of our Palestinian brothers [Read More…]

Blood Moon Abomination: Why Christians Shouldn’t Buy What Hagee is Selling

Mega-church pastor and New York Times best selling author John Hagee has been busy selling something that I’d invite all Christians to avoid like it’s going out of style. Since October of 2013, Hagee has been warning the world about “something big” that’s about to happen to the secular nation state of Israel that will [Read More…]

Israel vs. Palestine: A Very Short Introduction to the Problem

Last week I posted on this Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the plight of Palestinian Christians who are persecuted at the hands of the Israelis. There’s been a lot of good discussion (and some not so good) on both that and an old post I’ve written on pro-Israel theology and why it’s biblically flawed. While the conflict [Read More…]

When Theology Is So Pro-Israel That It Becomes Anti-Christian

Christian culture sure does love talking about persecution, but there is one group of persecuted Christians that Evangelicalism doesn’t want you to know about: the persecuted Christians of Palestine. Dispensational theology that leads to the errant and blindly pro-Israel position (here’s why that’s unbiblical) has sadly led most of Evangelicalism to become so pro-Israel that [Read More…]

What If Blessing Israel Means Confronting Their Violence?

My heart breaks as violence is on the rise again in Israel. Just within the last few days, we’ve seen a Palestinian child burned alive , seen leaked video of Israeli police beating an American Palestinian child who was bound at the time, a Christian minister has been attacked by Israeli settlers, and an Israeli [Read More…]