More Guns In Churches & Why We Reject The Ultimate Invitation of Jesus

In the wake of the racist massacre in South Carolina, many in Americanized Christianity are calling on churches and pastors to begin arming themselves with guns. An NRA board member is blaming one of the victims instead of the shooter, stating that this wouldn’t have happened had he voted differently on concealed carry laws.  And [Read More…]

Yo America– How Many Mass Shootings Will It Take For You?

Yo America- You woke up this morning to yet another news story of a mass shooting. Maybe you just glossed over the story since it seems like it’s a totally common news story for someone to just open fire in public and gun down a bunch of people. Even my own child, 12 years old [Read More…]

5 Things Wounded Christians Should Probably Avoid

Life brings wounds. The Christian life sadly, is no different. While Christian community ought be the safest place for one to run and hide, it’s often a place where we experience some of the most painful wounds. Sometimes we’re wounded and pushed to the margins. Other times, we’re wounded and expelled. Yet other times, we’re the [Read More…]

The Execution of Michael Servetus & My Primary Deal-Breaker with Calvinism

When I’ve written about Calvinism I’ve not infrequently heard “that’s just a caricature of Calvinism,” or that I don’t understand what Calvinism actually teaches (neither of which are true).  While it’s true some of my critiques may not apply to some modern American Calvinists (who in all honesty, probably shouldn’t call themselves Calvinists), when I talk [Read More…]

Pink Can Be A Boy’s Color Too: Why I’m A Male Who Just Had His First Mammogram

This isn’t a post about theology, Christian culture, or any of the other things I typically write about. Yes, this is a post about the 1%, but not that 1%. This is a post about breast cancer and the fact that 1% of new cases each year occur in men. In a world where all things breast [Read More…]

5 Steps Toward Making Friends Out Of Enemies

2000 years ago a group of folks in the first century had the opportunity to sit at the base of a hill and hear Jesus’s most famous sermon– one that’s become known as the “Sermon on the Mount.” In this particular sermon, Jesus offers many critiques on the old way of doing things and issues his followers [Read More…]

Why You’re Completely Unable To Judge Caitlyn Jenner (Or Anyone Else)

Yesterday the internet exploded as Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world. While so much of what I saw online was a kind and loving reception for her, much of it was not. From the Christian community, there didn’t seem to be any shortage of condemnation, calls for her to repent, and a tendency to [Read More…]

What Hell Tells Us About God’s Character

(This post is my continuing dialogue with the ideas of Jeff Cook,  from his new book, Everything New: Reimagining Heaven and Hell.) … A.W Tozer once wrote that, “What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I agree with Tozer and would take it one step further: what comes into [Read More…]

If Christ Is The Victor, Hell Could Only Be Temporary

Over the course of the past year I’ve had an ongoing series introducing readers to what I call the “biblical alternative to hell,” which is a position called conditionalism. Scot McKnight has also been discussing hell from a very similar angle over the same period. Recently he’s had Jeff Cook on his blog discussing arguments [Read More…]

Hit The Reset Button: The Key To Saving a Weary Faith

On a daily basis I interact with readers who come from nearly every location on the faith continuum. Many are either disenchanted, burned out, or aren’t quite sure where they are headed anymore. Yet, most seem to still be fascinated with this person called Jesus. My advice for everyone, regardless of the particular place you may [Read More…]