Jesus Carries An AR-15? God Wrote The Constitution? (What Happens When You Mix Politics & Jesus)

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Two of the craziest, and sickest stories I’ve seen in a while wrap out our week here on the blog: Both of these stories serve to demonstrate what happens when the blending of Christianity and culture go to an extreme. As a missiologist, we call this “syncretism”. Christianity in all cultures has a way of [Read More...]

But Jesus Isn’t “That” (putting hurts in the proper perspective)

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Sometimes life seems like a never ending cycle of hurts. Trust me, I actually get that. People we love wound us. People we trust betray us. Life goes wrong. Sometimes, it goes way, way wrong. We slowly become wounded and begin to walk away from whatever or whoever we perceive has hurt us. Walking away [Read More...]

Why Being A Christian Is A Lot Like Olympic Curling

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1. No one can agree on what the rules are. I swear, we’ve probably watched eight rounds of curling during the Olympics and I still have no idea what the rules actually are. Are they trying to get all of their pucks (is that thing a puck?) on the bulls-eye? Are they trying to just [Read More...]

5 Practices Toward A More Radical Christian Life (a challenge to my readers)

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The message of Jesus is radical: the key to “life” isn’t through saving your life, but through giving it away. To enter into his Kingdom and the radical life he promises, we must rid ourselves of the two things that get in the way: a love affair with ourselves and with our possessions. Here are 5 practices to change your life: [Read more...]

When Pastors Live In Multimillion Dollar Mansions, It’s Not A Sign Of God’s Blessing– But Our Sinfulness

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Is the phenomenon of rich American pastors a sign of God’s blessing? In this post about my work in India and the association between American Christianity and wealth, I ask some hard questions about what it means to actually follow Jesus. [Read more...]

Glenn Beck: “God told me to sit down, shut up, and zip your mouth”

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Glenn Beck says God told him to shut up… which, sounds about right to me. [Read more...]

5 Keys To Surviving A Christian Paradigm Shift

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We all go through shifts in our faith, and sometimes they’re radical shifts. It can be hard to survive these seasons of transition with our faith intact if we’re not careful. As per the request of readership, here are my 5 key pieces of advice on how you can survive a Christian paradigm shift. [Read more...]

If People Excluded “Illegal Immigrants”, We Wouldn’t Have Jesus

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We only have Jesus because someone decided to show love and mercy towards an illegal immigrant. [Read more...]

Hey Bob Jones– Here’s A Crazy Idea: How About We Stop Covering Up Sexual Abuse In Our Institutions?

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As Jesus followers, we’re called to stand up to oppression and violence wherever we see it. Christian institutions who cover up abuse re-violate victims and become as guilty as the original predator– and they must be stopped, just as individual predators must be stopped. [Read more...]

Finding Jesus When You’re Adrift: The Benefit Of Being A Christian Outsider

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Today I take great comfort that Jesus came not for the people with their feet planted firmly on the shore, but for people like me who are often set adrift in the vast oceans of life– and who have no island of their own to drift towards. [Read more...]


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