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?

Group of People Waving American Flags in Back Lit

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)

Flagge der USA mit Unabhängigkeitserklärung und Bibel

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

Crossed hands with USA flag

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...]

The Top 5 Issues That Earned Me Hate-Mail In 2014

Anyone who makes their living sharing ideas will get plenty of critique– and that’s fair. Sometimes however, (okay, not sometimes but “often”) those of us who make a living sharing ideas get really nasty hate mail– for some reason I’ve always received an impressive amount. This year I decided to take a very unscientific look [Read More...]

Christians And The Pledge of Allegiance: It Should Be A Closed Case Now #TortureReport

Earlier this year I wrote a piece on why Christians might want to abstain from reciting the pledge of allegiance which generated some good conversation, but also received a bit of push-back as well. My arguments against saying the pledge of allegiance are essentially two-fold: Jesus taught his disciples to not take any oaths but [Read More...]