Driven To Suicide: When Violence Doesn’t Feel So Violent

One of the most frequent and consistent topics I have taught on over the years is the topic of nonviolence. I am firmly of the belief that following Jesus requires a commitment to living a life of nonviolent enemy love– something Jesus claimed was the ultimate evidence that one is a child of God. When we talk about violence we often focus on overt, obvious acts of violence– physical punches, guns and deadly bullets, and other scenarios which we instinctively understand as… Read more

How Christian Fundamentalism Is Making A Concerning Comeback In America

American culture is currently experiencing what some, and now I, am calling New Wave Fundamentalism. The original fundamentalists stem from the early 20th Century, and was rooted largely in fear– fear over this new concept of evolution, fear that culture was growing too liberal, fear that the nation was drifting from God, and fear that it would all come crashing down if they didn’t take culture back. (Swap out evolution for gay marriage, and you’ll get an idea as to where this… Read more

Would A Righteous God Torment People In Hell For Eternity?

After leaving Christian fundamentalism, I shed off a lot of previously held beliefs– some of them were beliefs quite central to my faith. One of those core beliefs I ended up letting go of was a belief in the traditional version of hell that exists in much of modern Christianity. I have written a great deal on the topic of hell over the past year or so. What started as a short series on hell has turned into an interactive… Read more

Keeping Drugs Illegal Just Makes It All Worse– It’s Time To Think Differently

The other day I publicly stated that I support the efforts across the country to decriminalize marijuana. Reception was predictably mixed, though I appreciate the fact that more and more Christians are at least willing to have a reasonable discussion on this topic. I would like to continue this discussion in a few more posts, because I think the discussion on decriminalization is a critical one that we as a nation must have. I certainly took some heat for my… 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 not participate in these national liturgies because they conflict with my Christian faith. The great thing about America is that you have the right and… Read more

Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level “drug” on the list of drugs, but it was the gateway drug. This gateway drug was to be especially feared, because it represented the slippery slope to every… Read more

Would An Eternity In Hell Even Be Fair? (The Problem of Proportionality)

So, you’re a sinner. Just one sin lands you in that category. No matter how small or large of a transgression, that one, smallest sin, comes with it the penalty of an eternity of torment in hell. One lie. One act of theft. One impure thought. Just one sin earns eternal torment. Or, so that’s what they taught us. The more and more I process the traditional view of hell, the more the premise of it all doesn’t even make sense. When… Read more

Yes, God Changes His Mind (Because Love Is Always Adapting)

For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability– God is the same yesterday as God is today or as God will be tomorrow. Unfortunately, this attribute of God has been historically misunderstood, both to the detriment of ourselves and in the way we see God. Where we get into trouble is not in confessing that God never changes,… Read more

Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

Perhaps one of the most discussed stories of the current news cycle is the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. I’m certainly not surprised at the outrage across the internet– in fact, if it were legal to fire him, strip his citizenship, and deport him from the country, I’m sure that would have already happened. There are multiple angles of this story that concern me, but none concern me… Read more

10 Ways The Ideology of ISIS And Franklin Graham Is Near-Identical

There are two things I can expect to show up in my newsfeed each morning: Franklin Graham, and ISIS. Franklin Graham has risen to prominence in the past few years, though in a far different way than his father. While Billy was an Evangelist, Franklin Graham has achieved notoriety as more of a commentator who espouses a religion where God and country, church and state, are paired off in a strange and unholy marriage. These days, Franklin is actually touring the country state… Read more

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