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…]

All Your Objections to Christian Nonviolence Finally Answered (Video Blog)

In the context of discussing the issue of Christian Nonviolence (perhaps the most common issue I discuss here) a lot of objections come up– objections I appreciate, because I once had them myself when I was first discovering what Jesus actually taught. As we’ve journeyed together, I’ve found myself answering many of the same objections [Read More…]

Boycott A Florist And You’ll Go To Hell (They Just Took The Persecution Complex Up A Notch)

I’ve previously written at great length on the Christian persecution complex here in the United States and how it’s both unattractive and offensive to Christians around the world who actually are persecuted for their faith. As Christians begin to lose the privilege they’ve previously held in society, many are engaging in a case of mistaken identity and [Read More…]

If America Became a Christian Nation (They Probably Wouldn’t Like What it Looked Like)

With political season kicking off again, so is the season where folks begin to use the term “Christian nation.” Some claim we were one, some claim we are one, and some say we need to become one. Yet, each time I hear that phrase I have an inner Princess Bride moment where I say to [Read More…]

We’re Not Actually Socialists, Even Though Everyone Seems To Think We Are

“Socialist.” It’s the new word that’s been thrown around these last few years as a way of criticizing someone without actually talking about the issue at hand- typical with name calling. Not a week seems to go by without this word being used to describe me, and I would venture to guess that if you sit [Read More…]

What I Wish We Would Pray On The National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer and all across the country, churches will host events catered toward praying that God would bless our country. Unfortunately, I believe praying “God Bless America” is putting the cart before the horse; long before we have the audacity of asking for God’s blessing, we as a nation should enter [Read More…]

5 Things You Need To Take A Break From To Avoid Spiritual Burnout

Yesterday on the blog I wrote about how I had spent much of this winter suffering from spiritual and emotional burnout, and that I had a hunch I wasn’t alone. Judging from your comments and emails, it turns out my instinct was correct- a lot of Christians are feeling burned out these days. As part of [Read More…]