10 Things You Can’t Do and Still Call Yourself “Pro-Life”

Being “pro-life” had always been something that was central to my identity. I learned early on, that in order to be a good Christian, one was expected to be “pro” or “in favor of” life- which made complete sense, and still does. As Jesus followers, we follow the one who can lead us to eternal life and life abundant, and therefore should hold a worldview that is intensely in favor of life. Great. I’m all on board. What I grew… Read more

Why I Quit Being a Christian (in order to better follow Jesus)

    The day I truly became “born again” was the day I quit being a Christian. I can only imagine that some of those reading these first few words, are only doing so because you had an aneurysm when you read the title and your hand accidentally clicked through the link. If that’s you, please bear with me- it’s not what you think. You see, during my seminary days I experienced a crisis of faith as isn’t uncommon for seminarians…. Read more

Sodom & Gomorrah – A Story About Us (and not for the reasons you think)

On election day in 2012, I received an e-mail from someone who had been my friend for 16 years. He had been growing dismayed with the changes I went through during my 4 years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, especially my new-found passion for biblical social justice, my advocacy for the poor, and my defense of immigrants. Having spent years wrestling with scripture at seminary and working that out within the context of a community of believers, I broke with conservative… Read more

Prince of Peace or God of War? Liberty University cashes in on war profitability (and what sojourners left out)

Image (C) Sojourners Magazine In the May edition of Sojourners Magazine, Sojourners reveals that Liberty University- the world’s largest Christian University- has made a disturbing departure from their mission of developing “Christ-centered men and women” in order to cash in on the big business of training war-fighters. This departure from producing students who are “Christ-centered” comes by way of a new degree concentration: drone aviation. In fairness, as the article points out, there are many uses for drone aviation, and… Read more

Dead hookers and AK-47’s – not God’s country anymore…

When I lived in Texas for a brief stint in the 90’s, locals commonly referred to their state as “God’s Country”. I can understand the nickname when I think of the many beautiful spots I’ve seen in Texas, but not when I think about the laws in Texas. Or America, for that matter. News from Texas this last week reminds me that in America, we repeatedly place a value on property, money, individual rights, and a host of other things,… Read more

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