5 Reasons The “Prosperity Gospel” Is Actually A Non-Christian Religion

Does being a good and faithful Christian result in good health, along life, having an abundance of possessions, and material wealth? Read more

Church Isn’t Something You Do On Sundays (Lies Killing The Church)

Church isn’t something you do on Sundays– it was supposed to be far more beautiful than that. Read more

A Case For Christian Universalism (From A Non-Universalist)

Christian universalism is a solidly biblical and reasonable belief. Read more

Did Jesus Die Only To Save His Favorites? (The Calvinist Heresy of Limited Atonement)

Is the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement even biblical? Read more

If You’re Thinking About Suicide, Please Try These 5 Things First.

5. At least become willing to delay your plan. If you’ve gone far enough in your process that you’ve actually developed a general or specific plan or intent to follow through on suicide, try to become willing temporarily delay acting on it– even if it’s just an internal commitment to not do it over the next 24, 48, or however many hours. Make this promise to yourself. Give yourself a fighting chance to at least think this decision through with… Read more

Principles Christians Should Remember In A World At The Brink Of War

Last night many of us went to bed hearing the news that the United States has more formally entered the ongoing conflict in Syria by unleashing nearly 60 missiles onto a Syrian airbase. While the use of chemical weapons against their own citizens was surely a crime against humanity that warrants action by all nations, as the people of Jesus we must resist the temptation to endorse, embrace, or celebrate the use of war and death in an attempt to address… Read more

God Can’t Be In The Presence of Sin? (And Other Crap About God We Mindlessly Repeat)

Growing up evangelical, you’ve probably heard this answer to the question, “Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?” “Well, Johnny or Susie, it’s because God can’t be in the presence of sin.” They will often go on to explain how sin is so intolerable to God, that he can’t be anywhere near it. To be able to pull close to God, somehow we must be completely free and cleansed of sin first. It’s also why we’re often told that… Read more

Some Problems I Have With Penal Substitution Theology of Atonement

If penal substitution is true, God is not unlike other ancient, blood-thirsty god. In church we often sing worship songs with themes and phrases that say, “there is none like you!” I believe those songs are beautiful, because it’s true– there is no God like our God. But if penal substitution is true, God isn’t unique at all– God would be just like every other ancient god who had a thirst for blood. I mean, how is a god who… Read more

A Mom’s Kids Targeted At IKEA By Human Traffickers? Highly Improbable

A now viral Facebook post by Southern California mom, Diandra Toyos, reports that she and her children were stalked by probable human traffickers while shopping in IKEA. The post has now been shared over 100,000 times on Facebook. I saw it float through my newsfeed by multiple people, and had many readers email me directly to ask my opinion. Human trafficking is a hot topic and one that I’ve written about extensively, in addition to having four years doctoral work… Read more

Being A Good Friend Reminder: Suicide Rates Go Up In Spring

So, there’s this myth about suicide– and the myth is that depressed or grieving people who contemplate suicide are most at risk around the holidays. Turns out, that’s not accurate– the annual suicide rate actually begins to spike right now, with the bloom of spring. It may seem counterintuitive based on what we’ve been taught, but it’s true. Holidays can actually give one hope, purpose, reason, and even a distraction. For many families, even if there is a lack of… Read more

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