Camel Through The Eye Of A Needle? Or Have You Been Reading The Bible Wrong?

Have you been reading the Bible wrong this whole time? Probably– but I’ll try to help sort that out for you. One of the most famous sayings of Jesus is “It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” [Read More…]

Biblical Salvation: How It’s Possible To Be A Christian And Still Not Be “Saved”

Growing up evangelical, one of the primary questions we were taught to ask strangers was: “Are you saved?” Or, better yet: “If you died tonight do you know where you’d go?” The concept of being saved was pretty simple, really: You’re a sinner headed for hell, Jesus died to take your punishment, and if you [Read More…]

There’s Only Two Types Of “Christian” (And You Should Be Able To Tell The Difference)

As one who studies culture for a living– most specifically, religious culture, I will tell you that technically there are over 40,000 Christian sects in the world. But realistically? There’s only two kinds of Christian– and honestly, I’m tired of pretending there’s not. It doesn’t matter what kind (denomination) of Christian you are; there are still only [Read More…]

5 Ways To Be Political The Way Jesus & Early Christians Were Political

Some say that Christianity by nature is political. To a great degree, that’s absolutely true– though I think we must be careful to not simply leave it there as if Christianity is political in the way the world is political– because it’s not. Christianity is political precisely because it declares that “Jesus is Lord.” When the [Read More…]

Dear Conservatives: Since When Did You Start Loving Executive Orders?

Dear Conservatives, You know, I’ve been watching– and here’s a funny thing: my memory isn’t too shabby. I watched you in my newsfeed for eight long years. I listened to you on the news, and on radio talk shows. I read the articles you wrote. A lot of us did. And here’s the thing: You [Read More…]

Fair Warning: Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees is a “Heaven or Hell” Issue

Growing up Evangelical, we were often warned that some issues were “heaven or hell” issues. While even the most rigid among us recognized that some issues were open to differences of opinion or personal conviction, there are some moral issues where Jesus draws such a hard line that it becomes a “heaven or hell” issue. [Read More…]

How Conservatives All Of A Sudden Became Against “Divisiveness”

I sat through eight long years of hearing president Obama criticized, mocked, and even outright slandered. From allegations of secretly being a Muslim, spinning conspiracy theories about the location of his birth, to the ins-and-outs of daily Chicken Little claims that he was on a rampage to destroy the nation, I heard it all. In [Read More…]

Today Is Obama’s Last Day In Office, Which Can Only Mean One Thing:

Today is Obama’s Last Day In Office, And That Can Only Mean One Thing: [Read more…]

The 5 Un-Presidential, Rare, or Wild Things We’ll See In A Trump Presidency

On January 20th, the unthinkable will become true: Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States. His candidacy was perhaps the most bizarre political candidacy in American history. I have little doubt that his presidency will be any different than his candidacy, so here are my top 5 predictions for some [Read More…]

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Republican Arrested For Grabbing A Woman By The You-Know-What

When America discovered that Donald Trump had been caught on tape saying he liked to grab women by the you-know-what, the people who had taught me that God’s ideal was for me to life a life of strict sexual purity quickly came to his defense. (How they went from teaching me that it’s not okay [Read More…]