Some Things To Consider If You Think Being Gay Is A Sin

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“As I said, I believe this to be an issue that should be kept to secondary theology that still allows for Christian unity and that regardless of where our theology lands, it should not impact the praxis of our faith. I understand this is a hard issue for many of you to wrestle with, and this post isn’t one where I’m trying to provoke you or get in your face– I just humbly ask, that you please consider these few things… and see what might change within your own heart.” [Excerpt from article] [Read more...]

Yes, Gay Christians Exist (A Sincere Plea To My Conservative Friends)

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Like it or not, gay Christians exist– and this “discussion” on the entire issue isn’t going away anytime soon. Unfortunately, most of the time, the discussion doesn’t result in that many net positives. Simply throwing Bible verses back and forth without recognizing the real, actual people involved– people we’re commanded above all else to love– doesn’t move the conversation further. Instead, real people just become an “issue” or a “discussion” that many have at a comfortable distance- safely away from the messiness and uncomfortableness of real relationships and acknowledging real people. [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron Parenting: Boys Need To Learn How To Use Weapons Of Destruction

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In another installment of parenting according to Kirk Cameron, we find a tragic view of violence and destruction– something that certainly seems appropriate to discuss on this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have died in the service of their country. While Kirk’s post was from last month, it’s a glaring example of the [Read More...]

Peace In The Middle East: Could Christians Be The Barrier?

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I appreciate the heart and intent of the pro-Israel movement; they’re simply trying to be faithful to the scriptures as they understand them. However, when our understanding of the scriptures causes us to reject the central mandates of peacemaking and enemy love taught by Jesus, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve misunderstood the scriptures. [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Christians Can Be So Mean To Each Other

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“In fairness, I think people in general have a propensity to be mean to each other. But Christians? We’re the ones who are supposed to be known by our love. Yet, visit the comment section of almost any Christian blog post- mine or otherwise- and it is quick to see that we often become people not known by love, but by our ability to eat our own young.” {Excerpt from Article} [Read more...]

Why Christians Might Want To Abstain From Reciting “The Pledge Of Allegiance”

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While I love my country, I can no longer in good conscience swear my loyalty to her– because my loyalty is solely with Christ and his Kingdom. I will be a good and supportive citizen in the country I live, so long as those aspects are consistent with the Kingdom Jesus came to bring to earth. But the moment those two no longer line up? My loyalty is to God’s Kingdom– even if that means I must be disloyal to the earthly kingdom I find myself in. As such, there is simply no way that I could in good conscience “pledge my allegiance” to this earthly kingdom, knowing that I very well will eventually have to break that solemn oath. [Read more...]

Abducted & Robbed In The Congo (How Jesus, Bear Gyrlls & CBS Saved My Life)

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“With every mile that went by, my sense of panic only increased. It was so dark that I couldn’t see anything around us, and we didn’t seem to be driving in any direction that I’d want to be going. With robbery and murder being so common (while I was there they killed 20 people after losing a soccer match, which locals shrugged off as typical), I began to accept that I was being robbed (something I can deal with) and that there was a good chance I was also about to be killed (not how I preferred to start my trip).” — Here’s how I survived an abduction and robbery in the Congo. [Read more...]

On Mother’s Day, I Played “Mom” To The Motherless

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We often talk about the “fatherless” in reference to orphans, but why not the “motherless”? Moms are the bedrock of life– and on Mother’s Day my prayer is that we’ll remember that the “fatherless” are also the “motherless”. Today I had the chance to go worship with African Anabaptists, and I was drooling at the [Read More...]

If We Really Want To Change The World… We’ve Got To Think Smaller

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  On Monday, I set off on a one man “missions” trip of sorts to the heart of Africa. After spending a good 48 hours on planes and in airports, I’ve finally settled in to the tasks at hand. Just as with the work I’ve done in India as part of my dissertation research on [Read More...]

Biggest Blogging Moments: The Untold Stories (#Patheos5Yrs)

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