Missing Airliner A Snapshot Of The Rapture? (What Rapture People Ignore)


Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham, says that the missing Malaysian airliner is a good window into what it will be like after the rapture. In a blog post yesterday, she uses the opportunity of the missing airliner to segue to musings on what life will be like after the “rapture”. Lotz writes [Read More...]

Pastor Gives Out Free Tattoos, Your Tattoo Questions Answered, And Why Rob Bell Thinks I’m “Hard Core”.

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Church pastor gives out free tattoos? That makes him the coolest pastor ever in my book. In this post, I answer all of your tattoo questions: are tattoos biblical? What are your tattoos of? Who has more tattoos, you or Nadia Bolz-Weber? [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies of the Trinity


For all my theology friends– hilarious. [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Apologizes And Says He’s Changing His Life (and I support him)


Mark Driscoll, it appears, is repenting. I didn’t think I would ever write this post, but I am. In a letter to Mars Hill that appears to have been leaked to Reddit, Mark Driscoll is apologizing for some of his behavior and committing to giving up being a celebrity in order to be a better [Read More...]

Love Doesn’t Kidnap: Why I Believe In Free Will Over Predestination


The other day I wrote a provocative piece on some surface reasons why I’m not a Calvinist. One of the key issues that is typically covered when discussing Calvinism and alternatives, is the discussion of “free will” over “predestination”. While there are various ways of looking at each side, in short, predestination is the camp [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why Calvinism Makes Me Want To Gouge My Eyes Out


Calvinism, in contrast to Jesus, teaches that God picks a few and not the rest– that God is the sports captain from my 7th grade gym class, including the glee that comes with pounding on the kids who didn’t get picked. [Read more...]

What If God Actually Loves Me? (A Truth I’m Rediscovering Outside American Christianity)


As I’ve shared before, I’ve spent most of my life suffering from this idea that God hates me. Even when I say otherwise, or start to feel slightly more loveable, there always seems to be this nagging doubt in the back of my mind. Maybe God loves some people… but I just can’t imagine that [Read More...]

Discovering God’s Plan For My Life When I Visited Hell


Three years ago today, my wife and I took a long drive from Lima, Peru to the outskirts of a few desert towns on the western coast of the country. Once we arrived in the obscure town we were destined for, we took a short ride to the backside– past normal civilization, passing gullies filled [Read More...]

Russia Triggered The End Times? (3 Ways You Can Disarm An End-Time Preacher)


As Jesus followers in post-modern America, we have a big task on our hands. The great reformation happening currently within American Christianity has created a long ‘to-do’ list for those of us who wish to carry this movement forward to a more beautiful expression than has been in generations past. There are gaps to fill, [Read More...]

Fighting The Aerosmith Factor (using jaded to reform, not simply criticize)


The other day my niece, Imani, looked at me and said: “Uncle Ben, your hair is turning white. You look like a little old man with earrings”, as she let out her classic giggle. While I’m only a few weeks shy of 38, it’s definitely true that I’ve got some gray going on. However, my [Read More...]