Congratulations Anti-Trafficking Activists, You Just Put The People You “Care” About In Danger

January is Human Trafficking awareness month, and in a not-so stunning turn of events the federal government– bolstered by the efforts of anti-trafficking activists– just ensured that a lot of people are about to be in danger. In fact, these social justice advocates– well meaning, but many of whom don’t actually understand the dynamics of [Read More…]

When Bad Theology Tricks You Into Praying To A Toy (Should We Pray To Saints?)

Once in a while you see a story and you have a hard time deciding if it’s funny or sad. Such is the case with Gabriela Brandão’s grandmother in Brazil. Gabriela’s grandmother had spent years praying to “St. Anthony,” only to be informed by her granddaughter that she hadn’t been praying to St. Anthony at all. Instead, [Read More…]

S%#t I Wish (Some) Atheists Would Stop Doing (And Saying)

As a Christian, I can admit that there is a reasonable argument for being an atheist, but here’s a few things I wish atheists would stop doing. [Read more…]

No, Jesus Wasn’t Born To Die (The Part of the Christmas Story We Screw Up)

For those of us who grew up in conservative or even moderate versions of Christianity, the Christmas story often begins with a pretty twisted premise: Jesus was born to die. It’s as if the entire purpose of his life was to die. We find this idea in Christmas songs, Christmas sermons, and all sorts of [Read More…]

Liberty University To Spend $1 Million On The Homeless. I Mean, On A Gun Range.

Liberty University, the nation’s largest Christian university, has recently announced that it has at least a million dollars to blow. As people who profess to follow Jesus and teach young men and women to do the same, one would expect having an extra million dollars to spend could be put to some good causes that Jesus [Read More…]

Oh, Good Grief: Yes, Jesus Was A Real Historical Figure

It’s almost Christmas– one of the holiest days of the year for Christians, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who was called the Christ. But did Jesus even exist? Was he a real historical person? It seems around Christmas or Easter there’s always some agnostic or atheist friends who make the claim that Jesus [Read More…]

Oh, Lighten Up, Christmas Is NOT a Pagan Holiday.

Here’s an interesting factoid: There’s a considerable group of Christians who hate Christmas with the same furor that they hate Halloween. Like, for real. Maybe if you grew up outside the bounds of Christian fundamentalism you’re unaware of this group, but I assure you, they’re out there. Each year around this time my Facebook newsfeed [Read More…]

The Most Comforting Words In The English Language (When God Feels So Far Away)

The other day I was driving in the car with my 14 year old, when she asked me, “Dad, why does God feel so far away sometimes? It feels like he’s really far away from me.” I didn’t really have an answer for her. The best answer I could come up with is, “It just [Read More…]

Instead Of Giving Your Kids Consequences, Try This Alternative:

Most parents rely on a system of punishments or consequences for behavior, but there’s a more effective way: teaching your child they need to “fix” the relationship. [Read more…]

Fake News Isn’t The Problem: The Problem Is So Many People Believe It.

 The issue of “fake news” is one that’s currently being discussed around the internet, and it’s being framed as a big problem in the digital age. Some have suggested that fake news is an ugly target that needs to be eradicated and blocked from the internet. Both Google and Facebook have taken steps to make [Read More…]