Important Lessons We Can All Learn From Franklin Graham


In recent months Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, has been in a downward spiral that continually seems to generate a lot of buzz around the internet. The progressively intolerant rhetoric recently cumulated with his call to ban the immigration of all Muslims to the United States– even though US wars and policy supported by [Read More...]

You Don’t Have To Be Afraid To Be A Pro-Life Progressive

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If I were a betting man, I’d bet that this week your social newsfeeds has been full of stories regarding the now infamous Planned Parenthood video. While there have been plenty of articles dissecting and critiquing the video on both sides (each with valid points), in the end, it was still disturbing for me. I am [Read More...]

Agitating And Peacemaking: The Most Important Thing We Can Learn From Bree Newsome


This weekend activist Bree Newsome (along with co-conspirator in doing good, Jimmy James Tyson) made an unannounced appearance at a gathering of Progressive Christians called the Wild Goose Festival, which is held annually in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Just days after my own niece rode her bike in an Independence Day parade with a golf [Read More...]

The Dilemma of the Fourth of July (By Mark Charles)


The other day I was eating dinner with my wife in a restaurant located in Gallup New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo reservation. Gallup was recently named “Most Patriotic Small Town in America” in a nationwide contest. Soon after sitting down I noticed that we were seated at a table directly facing a [Read More...]

Independence Day: Should Christians Celebrate, or Not?

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A reader recently asked how we- the people of Jesus- ought to approach the celebration of America’s independence on the 4th of July. This is an excellent question, so I decided to answer it here on the blog publicly instead of in a private message. First, it is important to remember our calling as the [Read More...]

Gay Marriage is the Law of the Land- And God Isn’t Going to Freak Out About It


Moments ago the US Supreme Court announced that marriage equality is now the law of the land. As our LGBTQ brothers and sisters celebrate civil equality under the law, undoubtedly there will be many conservative brothers and sisters who will warn of God’s pending judgment against the United States. It’s obviously been a common trend [Read More...]

More Guns In Churches & Why We Reject The Ultimate Invitation of Jesus

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In the wake of the racist massacre in South Carolina, many in Americanized Christianity are calling on churches and pastors to begin arming themselves with guns. An NRA board member is blaming one of the victims instead of the shooter, stating that this wouldn’t have happened had he voted differently on concealed carry laws.  And [Read More...]

Yo America– How Many Mass Shootings Will It Take For You?


Yo America- You woke up this morning to yet another news story of a mass shooting. Maybe you just glossed over the story since it seems like it’s a totally common news story for someone to just open fire in public and gun down a bunch of people. Even my own child, 12 years old [Read More...]

5 Things Wounded Christians Should Probably Avoid

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Life brings wounds. The Christian life sadly, is no different. While Christian community ought be the safest place for one to run and hide, it’s often a place where we experience some of the most painful wounds. Sometimes we’re wounded and pushed to the margins. Other times, we’re wounded and expelled. Yet other times, we’re the [Read More...]

The Execution of Michael Servetus & My Primary Deal-Breaker with Calvinism

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When I’ve written about Calvinism I’ve not infrequently heard “that’s just a caricature of Calvinism,” or that I don’t understand what Calvinism actually teaches (neither of which are true).  While it’s true some of my critiques may not apply to some modern American Calvinists (who in all honesty, probably shouldn’t call themselves Calvinists), when I talk [Read More...]