Permission to Ask The Hard Questions (Scripture for the 21st Century)

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Many individuals walking from conservative expressions of Christianity perhaps would walk away from Christianity entirely if they did not have a safe place to ask hard questions. We must continue to encourage and welcome the asking of these hard questions, and continue embracing a God who is big enough to handle it. [Read more...]

Dr. James White Isn’t Crazy About Me (But I’m Still Right About MacArthur)

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The other day I posted a video that has since made the rounds on the internet of John MacArthur responding to a listeners question on how to respond to an adult child who has admitted they were gay. MacArthur’s response was two fold: if the child isn’t a Christian try to evangelize them, and if [Read More...]

Christianity Today, Church Rape, And Why We Still Don’t Get It #TakeDownThatPost

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Sexual abuse in the church is a serious issue, and one that for far too long, has been swept under the rug and quickly dismissed. Abusers have too often been quickly restored only to prey again, victims have been marginalized, and criminal behavior has been justified.

Now, with the Leadership Journal, we’re seeing it again– and we should be appalled. As if the original publication of the story didn’t demonstrate this, the complete lack of repentance and refusal to remove the story from the journal ought be further evidence of how badly we still don’t get it. [Read more...]

When The Bible Becomes Another Way To Spread Your Brand…

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It looks like this:   Regardless of whatever their intentions may or may not be, something about this just feels completely wrong to me. What do you think– is it okay to publish a “branded Bible” or should we treat the Scriptures a little more sacred? It’s an odd dilemma for me. I am a [Read More...]

When We Worship The God of Fear (the idolatry of gun culture)

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Our culture which has for generations been so radically pro-gun that it has opposed any sort of reasonable, middle ground approach on the issue, is now experiencing what Jesus meant when he said: “if you live by the sword you will die by the sword”. We are literally shooting each other on a daily basis to the point that it’s not even shocking anymore. We’ve created a culture that cultivates fear, worships individual rights, and justifies an endless cycle of violence– and now we’re experiencing the consequences of our own sick idolatry. [Read more...]

John MacArthur on Having Gay Children: Alienate Them & Turn Them Over to Satan

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John MacArthur was recently asked by a reader how they should respond to an adult child who has acknowledged they are gay. His parenting advice? Alienate them. Separate them. Isolate them. Refuse to have a meal with them. Turn them over to Satan. Here’s the full clip: I have a better idea: if you have [Read More...]

10 Things I’ve Learned After A Year Of Christian Blogging

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With all the drama we’ve seen in the last year, the truth remains that I am more hopeful for the future of Christianity in America than ever before. The old guard is drifting into the sunset, and those who are preparing to help lead American Christianity into a new era are some really amazing people. The new era, as I can see it from my porch, is one where thousands and thousands of people are ready to follow a Jesus who looks like the Jesus we find in the New Testament instead of an hybrid, American version. This gives me tremendous hope that the Christianity my daughter will inherit will be a far more beautiful version of Christianity than what I was given. [Read more...]

If Gay Christians Go To Hell, So Are The Ones Who Don’t Recycle

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The fact that God would be so angry at people who live in a way that is destructive to the environment, makes sense in light of Genesis. In what we often refer to as the “original mandate” we see that God’s original plan (job/role) for humanity was to be a caretaker of creation (the environment). The opposite of God’s plan, would be for humanity to become a force that is destructive towards the environment.

Which, is exactly what we’ve become in so many ways.
So, want to draw hard lines on the issue of sexuality and say that, no matter what, all the people who are X, Y, or Z are out, and that there’s no room for God to judge the individual heart?

Fine.

But, you also need to do the same thing with people who don’t recycle. [Read more...]

10 Things I’d Rather Do Than See The New Left Behind Movie

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If you haven’t already seen it, the trailer for the new Left Behind movie is out! (see bottom of post) Folks have been asking if I’m looking forward to seeing and reviewing the movie, so I decided to be completely honest and let you know how I actually feel about this situation: [Read more...]

What Both Sides Completely Miss In The Abortion Discussion

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If we want to make any headway on this, we’re going to need to have a new discussion entirely– one that fully humanizes all life, and one that radically values the life of the unborn as well as the life of the post-born. Anything short of this new discussion of what it looks like to value life at all stages, will leave us spinning our wheels like the last generation has done.

I believe this next generation can do better.

I believe they’re ready for a new discussion.

And I believe that together, we can find a third way to approach this. [Read more...]


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