Real vs. Fake Christian Persecution: how you can spot the difference

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One of my biggest pet peeves in this world, is when folks in my tribe play the “persecution” card. On one hand, we can’t help it– we’ve been programmed to label any negative experience related to our faith in the category of “persecution”. However, we should know better– and should know that this is actually [Read More...]

Did You Miss the HuffPost Interview? You can watch it here!

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Earlier this week, I was honored to accept an invitation from Huffington Post Live to appear on the program to talk about hypocrisy among pro-life lawmakers, and my article “10 Things You Can’t Do and Still Call Yourself Pro-Life”. My hope was to continue to provoke a national discussion on what it really might look [Read More...]

Shedding Structure Without Shedding Jesus: from the mailbag

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Since the inception of this blog and the creation of the Formerly Fundie online community, I’ve been getting a lot of mail from readers. I’ve been absolutely blown away with the amount of mail that I’ve received, and have enjoyed hearing from and interacting will all the readers out there who have reached out. On [Read More...]

True Biblical Hospitality: Loving Immigrants, Strangers, and Enemies

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I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite moments in life is when I put on an old jacket or an old pair of pants, reach into my pocket, and find money I didn’t know I had. It doesn’t matter if it’s a couple bucks, or $20; when you discover something of value [Read More...]

Misfit Toys in the Kingdom of God: why it’s great to be a jack-in-the-box named Charlie

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Do you ever feel like a character from Rudolph’s Island of Misfit Toys? Feel like an outsider who often finds yourself living on the margins, chronically misunderstood by all the other toys who aren’t on Misfit Island? Me too. A lot of the time, I feel like a Jack-In-The-Box named “Charlie”: It strikes me that [Read More...]

Hey Ladies: R.C Sproul wants you to cover your head! (and he’s got a whole movement behind him)

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The other night, a friend from our adoption small group posted a link on Facebook that practically gave my wife and I palpitations. The link was to the “Head Covering Movement”, which is a new Christian Fundamentalist movement attempting to stave off the movement of gender equality within Christianity. Instead of sticking to traditional fundamentalist [Read More...]

Flipping the Pages Away from Jesus: why some parts of the Bible are more important than others

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People of any book are well adept at wielding their book in ways that are contextually convenient. We, are no different. The better we know the Bible, the more able we are to conveniently turn to one verse or another, ignoring verses which should carry more weight, in order to justify our positions. Somehow along [Read More...]

Why July 4th Troubles Me: my loyalty is somewhere else.

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As I logged onto Facebook today, I saw the predictable and obligatory independence posts clogging my news feed. Offensive images of the American flag with scripture scrawled about, countless posts about how “great” we are, and a host of other pro-American jargon that simply doesn’t represent what should be the humble attitude of Jesus followers. [Read More...]

Learning How to Forgive God (when Jesus wrecks your life)

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Shane Claiborne once said: “Jesus wrecked my life”. Conversely, Ray Comfort tells people: “If you trust in God, he will never let you down.” As I look back at the last two years, Shane’s take on things pretty much sums up my life. I don’t know how it is that I’m not on in-patient status, [Read More...]

Why We Need to Stop Using the Term “Illegal Immigrant”

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As the Senate recently passed long awaited immigration overhaul and the bill now heads to the house, the long-standing national discourse on the issue of immigration will likely heat up again. As we participate in these discussions my hope is that we, especially Christians tasked with peacemaking and reconciling, will find ways to build bridges [Read More...]


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