The Danger Of A Christian Label (A Post About Judging)

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We all use labels to some degree. Like it or not, we live in a culture that uses labels to help us identify things. Sometimes this can be very helpful– as we navigate the world we live in, labels often provide us a cursory way to navigate the landscape. However, when it comes to Christian [Read More...]

Understanding The Span Of The Progressive Christian Label

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Last week I wrote two back-to-back posts dealing with Christian labels, and how there are things about both the Evangelical and Progressive Christian label that I have a hard time with (I guess this post makes it a series on labels), though I love and identify with much from both groups. Both articles generated good [Read More...]

But Here’s 5 Reasons Why American Evangelicalism Completely Lost Me

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The other day I wrote a post on 5 areas where I find myself unable to connect with some aspects of Progressive Christianity, which has generated plenty of discussion. Some of it has been helpful, and some just proved my point about the need to police the borders of a label. While there are some [Read More...]

5 Areas Where Progressive Christian Culture Completely Loses Me

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I’m obviously known as a “Progressive Christian.” While I am not a fan of labels, I don’t mind having this one assigned to me because it’s a big tent and there’s room for me here. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m always on board with what other progressive thinkers are saying or affirming– there are [Read More...]

No, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Didn’t Try To Kill Adolf Hitler

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It seems quite often when I discuss the theology of Christian Nonviolence, some folks are quick to drop the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer for many has become a “trump card” in discussions on nonviolence when one wants to give an example of someone who used violence to confront evil, as he has the reputation [Read More...]

Rob Bell: A Symbol Of Every Evangelical Who’s Been Shunned For Asking Questions

The internet is abuzz again about Rob Bell in a way we haven’t seen since the release of his now infamous book, Love Wins. From Evangelical rock star to Evangelical reject, Rob has experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows that an Evangelical can experience. No longer pastor of mega-church Mars Hill, Rob [Read More...]

The Top 5 Issues That Earned Me Hate-Mail In 2014

Anyone who makes their living sharing ideas will get plenty of critique– and that’s fair. Sometimes however, (okay, not sometimes but “often”) those of us who make a living sharing ideas get really nasty hate mail– for some reason I’ve always received an impressive amount. This year I decided to take a very unscientific look [Read More...]

Christians And The Pledge of Allegiance: It Should Be A Closed Case Now #TortureReport

Earlier this year I wrote a piece on why Christians might want to abstain from reciting the pledge of allegiance which generated some good conversation, but also received a bit of push-back as well. My arguments against saying the pledge of allegiance are essentially two-fold: Jesus taught his disciples to not take any oaths but [Read More...]

The Top 5 Most Moving Christmas Songs I Listen To

 It’s almost Christmas! With that, comes Christmas music– music is one of those things for me that can make or break my holiday spirit. This year I was determined to have a good holiday season, so I started listening to Christmas music a bit earlier than most years.  Of course, when it comes to Christmas [Read More...]

Fox News: If You’re Going To Run For President You Can’t Talk Like Jesus

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I’m not supporting either party for president next year, and for the most part want to stay out of the debate, but some stuff you just can’t ignore. Last night on Fox News, Col. Oliver North admitted that right-wingers such as himself believe that Jesus followers are “not just naive and utopian” but “irrational,” and [Read More...]


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