The Real Reason Wheaton College is Terminating Larycia Hawkins: Loving the Common “Enemy”

Wheaton College, a well-respected (until recently) Christian college here in the United States, has been in the news for several weeks now after suspending a tenured professor over a Facebook post where she said Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.” Many have been following the story, myself included, in hopes there would be a positive outcome to the utterly unnecessary situation. (I explained the theology of her statement in a previous post, here.) At first it seemed like Dr. Larycia… Read more

Yes, Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God (But Here’s What That Means & Doesn’t)

Wheaton College is stirring up an old debate this week that’s worth revisiting. Professor Larycia Hawkins, in an effort to show solidarity with Muslims, decided to wear a hijab during advent. While wearing a hijab may have been tolerated by the school, what she said about the relationship between Islam and Christianity, was not. She wrote: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week,… Read more

5 Steps Toward Leaving A Bigger Legacy For The Kingdom

Several weeks ago I was tucking my daughter into bed (I’m sooo thankful she still asks me to do that) and she said something to me that “filled my bucket” as we say in this house. She said, “Daddy, you know how you taught me all about Jesus? Well, since you taught me about Jesus, I’m going to teach my kids about Jesus, so even when you’re dead that’s how you’re going to live on.” In that moment, I realized… Read more

The 10 Weirdest Christmas Gifts I Discovered on the Internet This Year

I like to do as much Christmas shopping online as possible– you get to skip the crowds, and stuff is delivered straight to your doorstep. In fact, the ease of online shopping is something I thank the sweet baby Jesus and former Vice President Al Gore for every year. However, there’s a catch: online shopping means you’ll see some stuff that will make you scratch your head. That’s what happened to me this year, so I’m passing along the fun. Here’s the… Read more

The Blood of American Christianity Will Be The Seed Of The Church

It’s a funny thing what makes Christianity grow and flourish. In the Second Century, Tertullian (one of the early Christian theologians), wrote in Apologeticus that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” For the first few hundred years of our faith, Christianity was an illegal cult of nonviolent enemy lovers who were systematically slaughtered by the powers that be, even though they refused to fight back. Dying instead of fighting had an interesting effect: it caused the growth of… Read more

The Importance Of Reframing The Most Common Question We Ask Kids At Christmas

There’s no time of the year more magical, especially for children, than the season of Advent and the coming of Christmas. Even I, a child in an aging body with more grey hair than I had hoped for at this age, continue to experience the magic of Christmas all these years later. It’s true– it is the most wonderful time of the year. The decorating. The music. The movies (Home Alone > Elf). The fun foods. The visits from those both… Read more

How To Be A Better Friend To Someone Who Grieves At Christmas

For some, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year– but that’s not true for all of us. It’s quite likely that out of your mix of friends or church family, there are some in your life who will spend the holidays grieving. Here’s a few ideas as to how you could be a better friend to them while they grieve at Christmas: Be a friend who is available. A friend really isn’t much of a friend if they… Read more

When Being Anti-LGBTQ is More Important Than Being the Church

Theological questions on LGBTQ issues is one of the areas where much of the Church has some serious wrestling to do. Beyond wrestling with some of the outstanding scholarly work being done (see for instance, NT scholar JRD Kirk) the main question much of the Church must contend with is that of functionality: What does the church do? Why does the church exist? It is my contention that the Church established by Jesus exists to be a healing agent within cultures,… Read more

How The Current Pro-Life Ethical System Leaves Room For Violent Terrorism

Late last week the United States became the victim of another domestic terrorist attack, this time at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. From the moment the shooting began, and even now, the internet has been busy discussing and dissecting the situation from multiple angles– and there certainly are multiple angles to this story. Today however, I simply want to respond to one of those angles: the issue of how the common pro-life ethical system leaves room for this kind of… Read more

The Texan Assault on Christianity: Where’s The Persecution Crowd Now?

As you know, over the course of time I’ve written at length on the issue of anti-Christian persecution in America. Namely, that 9 times out of 10 such cries of “persecution” amount to nothing more than no longer being allowed to discriminate. Yet, American Christianity has held onto its persecution complex, finding reason to cry persecution at every turn. Today however, there is finally a case of legitimate, actual persecution of Christians in America, and it comes to us from the… Read more

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