The Unbiblical Idea That God Has Blessed America Most (What Franklin Graham Is Wrong About Today)

What Franklin Graham Is Wrong About Today, Vol. 4 Franklin Graham is known for saying controversial things, but the other day he said something that wasn’t very controversial at all. He said that God has blessed the United States of America more than any other nation on earth. This concept isn’t unique to Graham– I’ve heard [Read More…]

Reminding Teachers & Parents: Kids Can’t Be Forced To Participate In The Pledge Of Allegiance

School is back in session, and this year, talk about participating in our national liturgies such as the National Anthem or the Pledge is generating far more attention than in previous years. For whatever one thinks if Colin Kaepernick, he has certainly provoked a national discussion that was long over due. I have already articulated that I do [Read More…]

Important Lessons We Can All Learn From Franklin Graham

In recent months Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, has been in a downward spiral that continually seems to generate a lot of buzz around the internet. The progressively intolerant rhetoric recently cumulated with his call to ban the immigration of all Muslims to the United States– even though US wars and policy supported by [Read More…]

The Dilemma of the Fourth of July (By Mark Charles)

The other day I was eating dinner with my wife in a restaurant located in Gallup New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo reservation. Gallup was recently named “Most Patriotic Small Town in America” in a nationwide contest. Soon after sitting down I noticed that we were seated at a table directly facing a [Read More…]

Independence Day: Should Christians Celebrate, or Not?

A reader recently asked how we- the people of Jesus- ought to approach the celebration of America’s independence on the 4th of July. This is an excellent question, so I decided to answer it here on the blog publicly instead of in a private message. First, it is important to remember our calling as the [Read More…]

If America Became a Christian Nation (They Probably Wouldn’t Like What it Looked Like)

With political season kicking off again, so is the season where folks begin to use the term “Christian nation.” Some claim we were one, some claim we are one, and some say we need to become one. Yet, each time I hear that phrase I have an inner Princess Bride moment where I say to [Read More…]

What I Wish We Would Pray On The National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer and all across the country, churches will host events catered toward praying that God would bless our country. Unfortunately, I believe praying “God Bless America” is putting the cart before the horse; long before we have the audacity of asking for God’s blessing, we as a nation should enter [Read More…]

5 Reasons Why Many American Christians Wouldn’t Like The First Ones

If you could meet one of the first Christians would you like them? I’m convinced that many American Christians would not. In the course of 2000 years, Christianity- while maintaining the basic tenets, has morphed and shifted from the way it was originally designed and lived out. Since we tend to live in a culture that [Read More…]

10 Ways To Shut Down A Fellow Christian Who Is An American Sniper Critic

With all the chatter surrounding the new film, American Sniper: The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History, you might encounter a few Christian friends who are not fawning over Chris Kyle’s legacy of killing. I don’t know where you’d see this, or why you’d see this criticism, but I’m just saying, you might. When you encounter this online, you’re [Read More…]

Why Are So Many Christians Worshipping The American Sniper?

The reaction of many American Christians to the movie of the late Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History, has been one that should be a major red flag waiving on the Christian landscape in America. While I’ve been talking about the rampant idolatry that has overcome so much of American Christianity, [Read More…]