If Hell Is Real, Why Did God Wait So Darn Long To Warn Us About It?

For me growing up, hell was the center of gravity and perhaps my biggest motivation for the 872 times I asked Jesus into my heart. I was petrified of going to hell, and who wouldn’t be? All those bonfire camp services that invited us to look into the flames and imagine being sent to a place of fire to be tormented forever? Every time I sat in one of those services I wondered if I had really asked Jesus into… Read more

Cutting Government Spending And Our Hypocritical Refusal To Help The Poor

Every few years around election cycle the same discussions repeat themselves over and over again. While there are a few issues here and there that crop up because of new gaps in culture, the bulk of the issues debated are quite predictable. One of those issues is “big government.” One side of the political spectrum will typically advocate for social programs, while the other side will object and call that “big government.” On one hand, the idea of small government… Read more

10 Tips To Raising Christian Kids After Fundamentalism

A common question I’ve received over the years is, “I’ve left fundamentalism, but how do I re-program my kids? How do I raise them differently than how I was raised?” It’s a good question. For those of us who have moved beyond Christian fundamentalism but still desire to raise our children as Christians, we need to make some adjustments in how we raise our children in the faith. Thus, here’s my advice on raising kids when everyone is becoming Formerly Fundie:… Read more

No, Franklin Graham, LGBTQ Children Are Not The Enemy

(What Franklin Graham is Wrong About Today, Vol 3) Sometimes I see a comment or hear a clip of Franklin Graham, and while I typically disagree, many times they are dismissible comments that allow one to roll their eyes and move on. But then there are times where his comments are so damaging, so destructive, so heartbreaking, that they cannot be ignored by anyone with half a conscience. Such is the case with comments that were aired recently on the radio program of Dr. James… Read more

You Can’t Be Pro-Life and Support the Mass-Deportation of Immigrants

Every election cycle I find myself shocked at some of the core beliefs and suggested policies that are pushed forward by candidates who claim to be “pro-life.” At this point I probably shouldn’t be, but it is hard for me to let go of the hope that pro-life might actually mean “pro-life” one day. Perhaps one of the more heinous anti-life ideologies being floated this cycle is the blanket, mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It’s not enough to build a giant… Read more

Why Exodus 22:2 Doesn’t Work To Justify Armed Self-Defense

As one who teaches that Christians are under Christ’s command to love their enemies and refrain from violence against them (Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 5:38-48), I have heard every counter-argument in the book. The paradigm of nonviolent enemy love does not align with with the type of Christianity many of us are born into, and out of that tension we’re often forced to try to explain away what Jesus taught on the matter. It is impossible to justify violence against enemies… Read more

GOP: “Ouch! Obama Keeps Bonking Us Over The Head With The Bible!”

As a student of culture, I’ve seen politicians complain about a lot of things– especially during the Obama presidency. Never before have I seen someone get blamed for so many things. Gas prices are too high. Now gas prices are too low. Executive orders which were celebrated under Bush are all of a sudden “illegal” and “unconstitutional.” I’m almost surprised that Obama doesn’t get blamed for the weather– but who knows, maybe that’s happened and I didn’t hear about it…. Read more

The Only Way To Avoid Attending A Church You Have Disagreements With

Church. There’s probably few words in the English language that provoke so much emotion when I hear it spoken– maybe that’s true for you too. There are times in my life where I’d say the word “church” with watery eyes and a heart of gratitude, and other times when I say the word with exasperation and my hands thrown up in the air. Looking back on life thus far, I can honestly say that church has been both the biggest… Read more

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)

In the ongoing conversations about Islam in America, the issue of God v. Allah is a critical one to have. Do we worship the same God? If so, what does that mean? The best answer to this question is, of course, Miroslav Volf’s book, Allah: A Christian Response. It’s so important that I’d almost say one should hold off on having a firm opinion on the matter until they’re informed- and Volf has produced what really is the best that… Read more

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