As you know, over the course of time I’ve written at length on the issue of anti-Christian persecution in America. Namely, that 9 times out of 10 such cries of “persecution” amount to nothing more than no longer being allowed to discriminate. Yet, American Christianity has held onto its persecution complex, finding reason to cry persecution at every turn. Today however, there is finally a case of legitimate, actual persecution of Christians in America, and it comes to us from the… Read more

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism, and by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have, thousands of us actually leave the Thanksgiving table and set up camp in the Walmart parking lot prior to the annual stampede to get the newest gadget? It makes sense that so many people would push back against that kind of hysteria. Certainly for me– someone trying to live my life… Read more

This past week has been a difficult week to be a Christian with access to the internet. Between the bombings in Europe and the Middle East and the ongoing refugee crisis, I have found myself painfully reminded that we live in a world that seems to have a never-ending string of sadness and brokenness. What is also true, is that we live in a world where God has chosen and designated a special group of people to get out there and… Read more

For some reason I have a lot of anti-Muslim articles and blogs that flow through my newsfeed. Recently it’s been around the issue of Sharia law– Christians warning that America must not allow Sharia to be practiced in the United States; arguing that Sharia is oppressive, and that others should not be forced to live by another’s religious code. (As a side note, it’s hard to make a blanket statement about Sharia law and have such a statement be true,… Read more

Growing up conservative Evangelical, we loved Israel as much as we loved America– probably even more. And why not, right? We truly believed that among the world’s nations, God actually has a favorite– and that he will curse anyone who doesn’t blindly support his team. When you sincerely believe that, there’s little room left for actually thinking, because anything you see is filtered and given meaning by the narrative we were given at church. This false narrative we’re told about Israel makes it… Read more

It’s almost Halloween, and as we know, Christians have some mixed feelings on this. The other day I wrote that as Christians, we should welcome any opportunity to inject beauty into the world, and Halloween is one of those opportunities. In fact, I think it’s actually a huge opportunity the people of Jesus would do well to not ignore. Of course, Halloween always begs the question, “What will you be this year?” That’s a worthwhile question if you ask me. My… Read more

On October 30th a new Christian documentary will hit theaters– and I’m excited about it. The Armor of Light is poised to be an excellent conversation starter for a question I’ve long asked: shouldn’t pro-life mean all life? And shouldn’t that mean we talk about our love affair with guns? I was fortunate enough to be asked to pre-screen the movie before it’s released in theaters, and I thought it was a compelling documentary– not so much because of any conclusions… Read more

It’s almost Halloween, and kids everywhere are already bracing for the impending sugar rush that is about to commence. This is also the time where Christians sometimes begin discussing the holiday, often leaving the impression that there are two options for the Christian. Of course, the fundamentalists go bonkers at Halloween; last year someone gave me a tract that said it was the high-holiday for satanism and that cats would disappear throughout the neighborhood as the satanist conducted their yearly… Read more

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported an issue that’s likely raising some eyebrows: toddler shootings. Now, this isn’t toddlers being shot, but toddlers actually pulling the trigger on someone else. As the Post reported, there have been over 43 shootings by toddlers just this year– that’s an average of one per week. Certainly, this is a tragedy– and the stories are difficult to read about. Last year there was the two year old who found a gun in his mother’s… Read more

People aren’t born terrorists. No one crawls out of their mother’s womb, finishes weaning and learning how to walk, and then finds their first words to be words of hatred. No one is predestined to become a terrorist, and terrorism isn’t some genetic issue. Rather, terrorists are created out of otherwise beautiful image bearers of the true and living God. To create a terrorist, there are ultimately three factors that need to be cultivated inside the heart of an individual: fear,… Read more

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