You Can’t Be Pro-Life and Support the Mass-Deportation of Immigrants

Every election cycle I find myself shocked at some of the core beliefs and suggested policies that are pushed forward by candidates who claim to be “pro-life.” At this point I probably shouldn’t be, but it is hard for me to let go of the hope that pro-life might actually mean “pro-life” one day. Perhaps [Read More…]

Why Exodus 22:2 Doesn’t Work To Justify Armed Self-Defense

As one who teaches that Christians are under Christ’s command to love their enemies and refrain from violence against them (Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 5:38-48), I have heard every counter-argument in the book. The paradigm of nonviolent enemy love does not align with with the type of Christianity many of us are born into, and out [Read More…]

GOP: “Ouch! Obama Keeps Bonking Us Over The Head With The Bible!”

As a student of culture, I’ve seen politicians complain about a lot of things– especially during the Obama presidency. Never before have I seen someone get blamed for so many things. Gas prices are too high. Now gas prices are too low. Executive orders which were celebrated under Bush are all of a sudden “illegal” [Read More…]

The Only Way To Avoid Attending A Church You Have Disagreements With

Church. There’s probably few words in the English language that provoke so much emotion when I hear it spoken– maybe that’s true for you too. There are times in my life where I’d say the word “church” with watery eyes and a heart of gratitude, and other times when I say the word with exasperation [Read More…]

The Real Reason Wheaton College is Terminating Larycia Hawkins: Loving the Common “Enemy”

Wheaton College, a well-respected (until recently) Christian college here in the United States, has been in the news for several weeks now after suspending a tenured professor over a Facebook post where she said Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.” Many have been following the story, myself included, in hopes there would be a positive [Read More…]

Yes, Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God (But Here’s What That Means & Doesn’t)

Wheaton College is stirring up an old debate this week that’s worth revisiting. Professor Larycia Hawkins, in an effort to show solidarity with Muslims, decided to wear a hijab during advent. While wearing a hijab may have been tolerated by the school, what she said about the relationship between Islam and Christianity, was not. She wrote: [Read More…]

5 Steps Toward Leaving A Bigger Legacy For The Kingdom

Several weeks ago I was tucking my daughter into bed (I’m sooo thankful she still asks me to do that) and she said something to me that “filled my bucket” as we say in this house. She said, “Daddy, you know how you taught me all about Jesus? Well, since you taught me about Jesus, [Read More…]

The 10 Weirdest Christmas Gifts I Discovered on the Internet This Year

I like to do as much Christmas shopping online as possible– you get to skip the crowds, and stuff is delivered straight to your doorstep. In fact, the ease of online shopping is something I thank the sweet baby Jesus and former Vice President Al Gore for every year. However, there’s a catch: online shopping means you’ll [Read More…]

The Blood of American Christianity Will Be The Seed Of The Church

It’s a funny thing what makes Christianity grow and flourish. In the Second Century, Tertullian (one of the early Christian theologians), wrote in Apologeticus that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” For the first few hundred years of our faith, Christianity was an illegal cult of nonviolent enemy lovers who were systematically slaughtered [Read More…]

The Importance Of Reframing The Most Common Question We Ask Kids At Christmas

There’s no time of the year more magical, especially for children, than the season of Advent and the coming of Christmas. Even I, a child in an aging body with more grey hair than I had hoped for at this age, continue to experience the magic of Christmas all these years later. It’s true– it is [Read More…]