5 Ways We Could Probably Be “Better Christians”

One of the key things I have attempted to do over the past year has been to build bridges with people who are often on the “outs” of Evangelical Christianity (ironically, this placed me on the “outs” as well). I realized over the course of time that there are many people who don’t give this [Read More…]

5 Reasons Why Christians Can Be So Mean To Each Other

“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…]

Wrestling with God: (Why am I still convinced God hates me?)

While I broke with fundamentalist religion somewhere around 2007, I still struggle. As any therapist will tell you, old mental habits take a long time to break. I’ve been reflecting on this lately during some sleepless hours, and have come to accept something: I still believe that God hates me. I don’t know why. Intellectually, [Read More…]

10 Ways We Water Down the Gospel (let’s admit, we all do it)

The accusation that some other group or person is “watering down the gospel” is an easy one to make. It’s an accusation I’ve heard many, many times over the years– and have even been on the receiving end of it a time or two. In fact, while I was writing this post, in some of [Read More…]

10 Reasons Why People Leave Church

If a church were really to look like Jesus, people wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. [Read more…]

Misfit Toys in the Kingdom of God: why it’s great to be a jack-in-the-box named Charlie

Do you ever feel like a character from Rudolph’s Island of Misfit Toys? Feel like an outsider who often finds yourself living on the margins, chronically misunderstood by all the other toys who aren’t on Misfit Island? Me too. A lot of the time, I feel like a Jack-In-The-Box named “Charlie”: It strikes me that [Read More…]