If The Bible Commands Us To Bless Israel, It Commands Us To Bless Muslims Too

With violence erupting between the nation of Israel and the Christians and Muslims referred to collectively as the Palestinians, so also have American Christians taken to the airwaves to pledge their unwavering support for Israel. Certainly, for those of us who grew up in fundamentalism, blind and unwavering support for the modern state of Israel was a core component of our belief system. However, this view has spread beyond fundamentalism and gone so much further that even today, our national foreign… Read more

How To Live Relatively Safely, Without Owning A Defensive Firearm

I’ve always wondered why the gun lobby seems to keep sending us the message that a gun is the best way to ensure personal and home safety. Strike that– I know why they send the message: the gun lobby sells guns. Despite the fact that having a gun in your home increases your risk of gun-death, somehow we buy into the belief that being safe = gun ownership. However, this idea that your two options are (a) own a gun or (b)… Read more

Using the Bible To Run From Jesus (What If Jesus Actually Is Enough?)

Growing up, I learned a lot about Jesus. As an adult, I’ve learned even more. One of the common threads that has been part of my journey was the idea that “Jesus is sufficient” or what is sometimes called the “sufficiency of Christ.” In my fundamentalist world, the sufficiency of Christ was a theological descriptor relating to the issue of salvation, and simply meant that what Christ accomplished through his life, death, and resurrection, was sufficient– nothing more needs to… Read more

6 Billion Reasons Why The American Gun Lobby Loves Them A Good Mass Shooting

I’ll admit it: I’m officially to the point where I believe that the gun lobby in America actually loves mass shootings. I don’t mean that as hyperbole either, I actually think mass shootings are very, very good for them and must be something they rejoice over. Let me explain a bit: A good rule of thumb when evaluating motive is “always follow the money.” While it seems simplistic, in our world this is often a good place to look. Regardless of how… Read more

Why Standing Against Islamic Violence Forces You To Rethink Biblical Inerrancy

I’ve written a fair amount about contemporary issues regarding our relationship with Muslims. As a people group I love dearly and long to minister to for years to come, I have been quick to stand against xenophobia and Islamophobia. In our current climate in American Christianity however, there is fast and hard push-back when I stand with my Muslim brothers and sisters. Standing with them, of course, does not mean I stand with everything done in the name of their religion–… Read more

The Road To Death Camps Is Paved With Fear-based Rhetoric

In our divisive political climate, Hitler comparisons are far too common and grossly misused. Most of the time, the comparisons are simply inappropriate. However, as I have been pondering this issue for some weeks, I’ve realized there is an appropriate time and place to make a Hitler comparison. Making a Hitler comparison is far game if/when someone does exactly what Hitler did. I’ve been grieved over the growing level of fear and hatred I see permeating throughout American culture, especially… Read more

How To Judge Less, Love More, And Grow Your Heart In Just Six Weeks

Perhaps one of the best known verses in the Bible comes from Matthew 7 and Luke 6 when Jesus commands his disciples to “judge not.” Ask 10 people what that actually means, and you’ll probably get 10 different explanations. Whatever it does or doesn’t mean however, I hope we can all agree that as Christians we should do less of it. Greg Boyd’s book, Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God, has been highly instrumental both in my theological… Read more

And Here’s Donald Trump Referencing Part of the Bible That Doesn’t Exist:

For those who have been following, Donald Trump has said several times that the Bible is his favorite book of all time. He’s gone on to call scripture, “the most special thing.” Recently he was asked what his favorite Bible verse was, and he, well… he couldn’t answer the question. When pressed for more, he just said that it was all “very private” for him and that he was a 50/50 OT vs NT guy. It was awkward if you… Read more

5 Things Christians Should Remember This Election Cycle

So, here we are. It’s another election cycle and the “fun” has begun. Like it or not, for the next 13 months the news cycle is going to be dominated by presidential politics. There will be plenty of articles to read, debates to watch, and discussions to be had. It’s all part of American tradition. However, for those of us who profess to follow Jesus of Nazareth, it is of critical importance to remember that our behavior must not be driven… Read more

Bernie Is Right: Morality Is More Than Abortion & Gay Marriage

I won’t be endorsing any candidates for president. Neither am I a member of any political party in the United States. But I did watch Bernie Sander’s speech at Liberty University yesterday. I mean, a socialist Jew speaking in front of a room full of people who began the event by worshipping a socialist Jew? That was must-see-TV if you ask me. Even given my aversion to Christian involvement in politics, watching the speech was worth my time. (You can catch the… Read more

Follow Us!



Browse Our Archives