5 Steps Toward Making Friends Out Of Enemies

2000 years ago a group of folks in the first century had the opportunity to sit at the base of a hill and hear Jesus’s most famous sermon– one that’s become known as the “Sermon on the Mount.” In this particular sermon, Jesus offers many critiques on the old way of doing things and issues his followers [Read More…]

Why You’re Completely Unable To Judge Caitlyn Jenner (Or Anyone Else)

Yesterday the internet exploded as Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world. While so much of what I saw online was a kind and loving reception for her, much of it was not. From the Christian community, there didn’t seem to be any shortage of condemnation, calls for her to repent, and a tendency to [Read More…]

What Hell Tells Us About God’s Character

(This post is my continuing dialogue with the ideas of Jeff Cook,  from his new book, Everything New: Reimagining Heaven and Hell.) … A.W Tozer once wrote that, “What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I agree with Tozer and would take it one step further: what comes into [Read More…]

If Christ Is The Victor, Hell Could Only Be Temporary

Over the course of the past year I’ve had an ongoing series introducing readers to what I call the “biblical alternative to hell,” which is a position called conditionalism. Scot McKnight has also been discussing hell from a very similar angle over the same period. Recently he’s had Jeff Cook on his blog discussing arguments [Read More…]

Hit The Reset Button: The Key To Saving a Weary Faith

On a daily basis I interact with readers who come from nearly every location on the faith continuum. Many are either disenchanted, burned out, or aren’t quite sure where they are headed anymore. Yet, most seem to still be fascinated with this person called Jesus. My advice for everyone, regardless of the particular place you may [Read More…]

BREAKING: TLC Pulls 19 Kids And Counting Off The Air

19 Kids and Counting won’t be in your evening lineup tonight. The Raw Story is now reporting that TLC has indefinitely pulled the show from their lineup- including repeat broadcast episodes, over reports of Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse of multiple girls, and the ensuing cover-up by the family. There is no word on whether or not [Read More…]

The FIRST Thing Clergy Should Do When Suspecting Sexual Abuse (Or Anyone, Actually)

Yesterday various media outlets broke the story that Josh Duggar, eldest son on the show 19 Kids And Counting, had sexually abused multiple girls. As I read the reports and emerging details, I realized how “typical” this situation was to what I have seen in real life in Christian circles: sexual abuse within a family [Read More…]

Franklin Graham vs. Jesus (In Their Own Words, Vol.2)

The other day I had a post on Mike Huckabee v. Jesus, demonstrating the breakdown between American political/religious leaders, “in their own words.” Continuing what may need to be a series, here’s Franklin Graham vs. Jesus, “in their own words.” If there is to be any hope for American Christianity to one day reflect the person [Read More…]

How Christian Behavior Online Might Fuel A New Kind of Terrorism

Did you know that your Facebook behavior might be fueling a new kind of terrorism? For all of our talk of terrorism, we rarely talk about what actually causes terrorism other than canned one-liners that aren’t always accurate. I think most often the root causes are fear, misunderstanding, or responding to injustice unjustly– but I think [Read More…]

Rediscovering Prayer When Your Prayer Life is Dead

Last week I wrote two posts on recovering from spiritual burnout and talked about some of my own struggles I had in this area recently. We covered both reasons why so many are feeling burned out right now, and also some things to take a break from in order to prevent burnout. However, the one really [Read More…]


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