How Christian Fundamentalism Is Making A Concerning Comeback In America

American culture is currently experiencing what some, and now I, am calling New Wave Fundamentalism. The original fundamentalists stem from the early 20th Century, and was rooted largely in fear– fear over this new concept of evolution, fear that culture was growing too liberal, fear that the nation was drifting from God, and fear that it would [Read More…]

Would A Righteous God Torment People In Hell For Eternity?

After leaving Christian fundamentalism, I shed off a lot of previously held beliefs– some of them were beliefs quite central to my faith. One of those core beliefs I ended up letting go of was a belief in the traditional version of hell that exists in much of modern Christianity. I have written a great [Read More…]

Keeping Drugs Illegal Just Makes It All Worse– It’s Time To Think Differently

The other day I publicly stated that I support the efforts across the country to decriminalize marijuana. Reception was predictably mixed, though I appreciate the fact that more and more Christians are at least willing to have a reasonable discussion on this topic. I would like to continue this discussion in a few more posts, [Read More…]

Reminding Teachers & Parents: Kids Can’t Be Forced To Participate In The Pledge Of Allegiance

School is back in session, and this year, talk about participating in our national liturgies such as the National Anthem or the Pledge is generating far more attention than in previous years. For whatever one thinks if Colin Kaepernick, he has certainly provoked a national discussion that was long over due. I have already articulated that I do [Read More…]

Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level “drug” on the [Read More…]

Would An Eternity In Hell Even Be Fair? (The Problem of Proportionality)

So, you’re a sinner. Just one sin lands you in that category. No matter how small or large of a transgression, that one, smallest sin, comes with it the penalty of an eternity of torment in hell. One lie. One act of theft. One impure thought. Just one sin earns eternal torment. Or, so that’s what they [Read More…]

Yes, God Changes His Mind (Because Love Is Always Adapting)

For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability– God is the same yesterday as God is today or as God will be tomorrow. Unfortunately, this attribute of God has been historically misunderstood, both [Read More…]

Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

Perhaps one of the most discussed stories of the current news cycle is the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. I’m certainly not surprised at the outrage across the internet– in fact, if it were legal to fire him, strip his citizenship, and deport [Read More…]

10 Ways The Ideology of ISIS And Franklin Graham Is Near-Identical

There are two things I can expect to show up in my newsfeed each morning: Franklin Graham, and ISIS. Franklin Graham has risen to prominence in the past few years, though in a far different way than his father. While Billy was an Evangelist, Franklin Graham has achieved notoriety as more of a commentator who espouses a religion [Read More…]

How Culture Convinced America’s Police To Become So Deadly

I’m a creature of habit, so my daily routine is the same most days: I get up and drink my coffee while surfing through the daily news stories. What is also true, in a far more tragic sense, is that among those daily news stories it has become rather routine to see more and more stories [Read More…]