Mourning with Those Who Mourn (it’s not the most wonderful time of year for everyone.)


  It’s the “most wonderful time of the year”, or so they say. Except, that it’s not for everybody. For some, this is the most painful time of the year. For us, this Christmas is a potent mix of both. We’ve been proactive in trying to get into the Christmas spirit in an effort to [Read More...]

Really, Atheists? You can do better than this.


Earlier in the week I wrote a now viral post on the origins of the word “Xmas” and came to the defense of some of our atheist friends who often get incorrectly blamed for trying to take “Christ” out of “Christmas”. While I was correct in my explanation of the history of the term, this [Read More...]

Unique Christmas Gift: become a post-rapture pet caretaker for a loved one.

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Well friends, it’s the Christmas season again and time to start thinking about ways we might generously give to others. Not being a fan of American consumerism, I’m all for finding ways we can serve other people instead of wasting our money on needless junk that’s just going to end up sold for 10 cents [Read More...]

How Not to Sing ‘O Holy Night’

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I’ve got two words for you: you’re welcome. (this is spectacularly horrible and funny, you must watch!)   I hope this help to get you in the Christmas spirit! Ben [Read more...]

Keeping the “X” in Xmas: it’s not some secular conspiracy


Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Soon our stockings will be hung by the chimney with care (something the Corey family did the day before Thanksgiving), gifts will be wrapped and placed beneath the tree, Christmas cheer will fill the air, and our Facebook news feeds will begin to be clogged with posts [Read More...]

Witches, Emergents, and Bullhorn Guys: My Interview With the Pastor of Witch City


Phil Wyman is perhaps the most interesting pastor in America. He might not think so, but this is my blog and I can say things like that. During my first semester in seminary I read an article about Phil and how he moved to Salem, Massachusetts to plant a church that would befriend witches, atheists, [Read More...]

Why I Submit to My Wife (It Honors God)

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“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Eph 5:21 Looking back on my life, there are a few days that I’d prefer to forget. One such day was a weekend in November 1998, when I met the woman who’d later become my father’s wife. I was living in Germany at the time, [Read More...]

Almighty God Action Figure (comes with his own AK-47)

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The most offensive children’s toy ever made? This might be it. I guess kids are never too young to teach them that God is ready to smite them with military-grade weapons. I’m hoping this was just a joke and never made it to the market. Whether it was real or a joke, this toy still [Read More...]

Love Isn’t Enough: some things you need to know about adoption

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Adoption is a hot issue in American Evangelicalism, and while rates of international adoption have drastically declined recently, I don’t think a culture of adoption is going anywhere, anytime soon. Since November is National Adoption Month, I wanted to take some time to explore some aspects of adoption– for families thinking about adopting, who have [Read More...]

Forgotten Lessons from Jesus: Sometimes, You Just Gotta Love Yourself & Get Away.

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This past Sunday, as soon as we were finished with church, my wife and I left town. Sunday marked our 6th anniversary, and we hadn’t really been away together since our second year of marriage. Life, has a way of taking over. With a never-ending, one-two-punch of stressful life events, we knew that we needed [Read More...]