Why I Just Couldn’t Be An Atheist, Even If I Wanted To

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I love my atheist friends, but I just couldn’t be one– even if I wanted to. At least once a year I head up to Mount Desert Island, Maine, to spend time with one of my best friends, Terry Firma, who writes for Friendly Atheist here at Patheos. Regardless of what’s going on in our [Read More...]

Remembering to Pray for Terrorists on 9-11

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On this day every year, we remember a tragic day in our nation’s history. It will always be a day etched into my mind, that each year begs the “where were you?” question. While most Americans watched the day unfold in the morning, I watched the towers collapse late in the evening Korean time. I [Read More...]

10 Things Your Childhood Pastor Didn’t Tell You (But Should Have)

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What things do you know now that you wish your childhood pastor would have told you? As I look back on what I know now, here are 10 things I wish I had known back then: [Read more...]

I’m Thinking That Calvinism Needs An Extreme Makeover (#CalvinismDebate)

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Last night I tuned into the Calvinism debate that was lighting up twitter, and really tried to listen with an open mind. Really, I did. For some reason however, I just quickly get lost in most conversations with Calvinists. I think it all goes back to seminary for me. I had the “pleasure” of sitting [Read More...]

Is Your Theology A “Little Bit Off”? Here’s A Quick Test To See

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How can we distinguish between good & bad, right & wrong theology? The answer to that can be challenging. The subject of theology is never simple and it certainly isn’t a science or math problem where you can follow a few clear steps and arrive at a provable, correct answer. This isn’t to say that [Read More...]

Frank Schaeffer Interviews Benjamin L. Corey: Undiluted

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On Tuesday I once again had a chance to spend some time with my friend, Frank Schaeffer, at his home in Massachusetts. While last time we sat down to talk about his book, Why I’m An Atheist Who Believes in God, this time we switched roles and he interviewed me about my soon to be [Read More...]

Generational Theology: It’s What Jesus Invites Us To Let Go Of

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Why, when talking about theology, is there the tendency to fire off criticism and denounce the speaker without actually taking the time to dissect the issue, wrestle with the information, and arrive at an informed conclusion? Theology is one of the most difficult issues to talk about, because no matter what you say, someone’s going [Read More...]

What Jesus Talked About When He Talked About Hell

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The word Jesus uses in Greek is γέεννα (Gehenna), which actually means “The Valley of the Son of Hinnom”. An over simplified description of Gehenna would be that it was the garbage dump outside of Jerusalem; this was the place where both garbage and dead bodies would be discarded and consumed by a fire that was likely always burning. The location goes all the way back to the book of Joshua, and was a place where bad things happened– child sacrifice, bodies were cremated, etc. Basically, imagine a dump where garbage is burned add into that the vision of burning bodies and a historical connotation of child sacrifice, and you’ll see that it wasn’t a very desirable place. However, it was a very ​literal​ place and the original audience of Jesus would have understood it as such. They would not have heard the word Gahenna and thought of our concept of hell– they would have realized Jesus was talking about an actual place outside the city. [Read more...]

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and The First World Problem of “Religious Persecution”

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It seems that what has happened here is that persecution in America has become just another example of the way we view “problems” in a first world setting. Regardless of what actually is occurring elsewhere, we’re consumed with what we perceive is happening here, and behave on a practical level as if our “problem” is way worse. The way we’ve come to view persecution is no different than how we’ve come to view so many other issues. [Read more...]

Permission to Ask The Hard Questions (Scripture for the 21st Century)

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Many individuals walking from conservative expressions of Christianity perhaps would walk away from Christianity entirely if they did not have a safe place to ask hard questions. We must continue to encourage and welcome the asking of these hard questions, and continue embracing a God who is big enough to handle it. [Read more...]


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