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

A Middle-Ground To Being A Christian On Black Friday

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism, and by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have, thousands of us actually leave the Thanksgiving table and set up camp in the Walmart parking lot prior to the annual stampede to get the newest gadget? It makes sense that so many people would push back against that kind of hysteria. Certainly for me– someone trying to live my life… Read more

To Start Thinking Like Christians, We Need To Stop Thinking Like Americans

This past week has been a difficult week to be a Christian with access to the internet. Between the bombings in Europe and the Middle East and the ongoing refugee crisis, I have found myself painfully reminded that we live in a world that seems to have a never-ending string of sadness and brokenness. What is also true, is that we live in a world where God has chosen and designated a special group of people to get out there and… Read more

LGBTQ Rights And The Hypocritical Christian Outrage Over Sharia Law

For some reason I have a lot of anti-Muslim articles and blogs that flow through my newsfeed. Recently it’s been around the issue of Sharia law– Christians warning that America must not allow Sharia to be practiced in the United States; arguing that Sharia is oppressive, and that others should not be forced to live by another’s religious code. (As a side note, it’s hard to make a blanket statement about Sharia law and have such a statement be true,… Read more

5 Reasons Why I’m A Christian Who Stopped Supporting Israel

Growing up conservative Evangelical, we loved Israel as much as we loved America– probably even more. And why not, right? We truly believed that among the world’s nations, God actually has a favorite– and that he will curse anyone who doesn’t blindly support his team. When you sincerely believe that, there’s little room left for actually thinking, because anything you see is filtered and given meaning by the narrative we were given at church. This false narrative we’re told about Israel makes it… Read more

Three Things Jesus Would Be For Halloween This Year

It’s almost Halloween, and as we know, Christians have some mixed feelings on this. The other day I wrote that as Christians, we should welcome any opportunity to inject beauty into the world, and Halloween is one of those opportunities. In fact, I think it’s actually a huge opportunity the people of Jesus would do well to not ignore. Of course, Halloween always begs the question, “What will you be this year?” That’s a worthwhile question if you ask me. My… Read more

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