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, because I think the discussion on decriminalization is a critical one that we as a nation must have. I certainly took some heat for my... Read more

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

Flickr Creative Commons 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 not participate in these national liturgies because they conflict with my Christian faith. The great thing about America... 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 list of drugs, but it was the gateway drug. This gateway drug was to be especially feared, because it represented the slippery slope to every... 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 taught us. The more and more I process the traditional view of hell, the more the premise of it all doesn’t even make sense. When... 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 to the detriment of ourselves and in the way we see God. Where we get into trouble is not in confessing that God never changes,... Read more

Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

Brook Ward, Flikr Creative Commons 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 him from the country, I’m sure that would have already happened. There are multiple angles of... Read more

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

Matt Johnson, Flirk Creative Commons 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 where God and country, church and state, are paired off in a strange and unholy marriage.... 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 of police shooting unarmed people. The violent policing of America is a cultural shift we cannot ignore. Like the hyperbolic frog in the kettle who... Read more

Rethinking Romans 8:28 (It Doesn’t Mean What You Were Taught It Means)

Many of us who grew up in Christianity were taught that life and human history is unfolding according to a master blueprint written by God. Every action that happens, every event, is carefully orchestrated by God. Some of these events have an obvious purpose full of beauty. Some of these events are unspeakably painful, yet we still believe they were carefully crafted and controlled by God in order to lead to a mysterious greater good. For those of us who... Read more

If God Is The Cause Of Our Suffering, He’s Kinda A Jerk (Just Sayin’)

Lately I decided to be more public about some grieving in my personal life. This has sparked some great discussions, which was my hope in being more open and vulnerable in the public sphere. One of the most common issues that comes up in these discussions is the role of God in human suffering. The other day I noted that I do not believe God has a master plan that unfolds meticulously and without deviation (I reject that all future events are predetermined... Read more
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