Jesus Wasn’t Concerned With “Taking The Country Back” And Neither Should We

It’s that time again… and happens every four years. With each new election cycle there is one predicable rallying cry that emits from the political stage: “it’s time to take our country back.”  Quite often I hear these words uttered by fellow Christians, seemingly petrified that their individual worlds will collapse if their particular party [Read More…]

My Jordan Journey: By Photos

Still coming down off a high from my pilgrimage to Jordan– wow, what an experience! Thought I’d share more of my journey with you- but with images instead of words. Here are some of my favorite images I took while traveling through Jordan. Just click a thumbnail for a larger view: … Bottom line– Jordan [Read More…]

Why Every Day Should Be Earth Day If You’re A Christian

It’s April 22nd, which means it’s “Earth Day.” Much of the hype over this annual day seems to have dissipated in recent years, but I think it’s a crucially important day if you’re a Christian. In fact, every day should be “Earth Day” if you’re a Christian. Growing up, the culture around me seemed to be [Read More…]

Creating A Common Memory (Doctrine of Discovery)

* Guest post by Mark Charles “Everybody get your cell phones out!” “Make sure you get this on video!” Early last March, due to an unusually heavy snowstorm in Albuquerque, NM, my flight was cancelled, my travel diverted, and I found myself unexpectedly stuck in downtown Los Angeles for 24 hours while I waited to [Read More…]

The Backwards Invitation of God: In Order To Live We First Must Die

As you probably know, I’ve been spending the last ten days exploring the Holy Land in Jordan. I’ve had an amazing time experiencing the beauty and hospitality of this land, and certainly have discovered there’s plenty here in Jordan to write about. However, the other day I experienced a moment I hadn’t budgeted for. Yes, [Read More…]

Wrestle With God Over Your Questions, Your Anxieties, And Everything Else: He Can Handle It

I remembered the story from my childhood well, but it never meant as much to me until today. The picture from my now falling apart children’s Bible (right) is one that has been etched in my mind for more than 30 years. Perhaps you remember this story too: the night when Jacob wrestled with God. [Read More…]

Living Under Israeli Occupation: My Interview With A Christian in Palestine

With recent elections in Israel and peace talks with Iran, talk has been in the news once again about the Israel and Palestinian conflict. I’ve also been hosting conversation here on the blog about errant pro-Israel theology that we are taught by fundamentalism, and which encourages us to support the oppression of our Palestinian brothers [Read More…]

Blood Moon Abomination: Why Christians Shouldn’t Buy What Hagee is Selling

Mega-church pastor and New York Times best selling author John Hagee has been busy selling something that I’d invite all Christians to avoid like it’s going out of style. Since October of 2013, Hagee has been warning the world about “something big” that’s about to happen to the secular nation state of Israel that will [Read More…]

Hands Down The Worst Bible Version Ever

Someone asked me the other day which version of the Bible I thought was the best. While I don’t have an English favorite (English can be limiting and there’s a lot of judgement calls that go into translation), I do have a new version of the Bible that I’d be happy to call the worse version [Read More…]

10 Situations Where Christian Bakers Should Refuse To Bake Wedding Cakes

This past week has been a major victory folks. With Indiana passing a law that gives us the right to refuse to sell our cakes to gay people, there are now close to 20 states where we can look our gay citizens in the eyes and say, “no cake for you!” While I was celebrating [Read More…]


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