5 Ways We Could Probably Be “Better Christians”

pic_giant_011814_SM_The-US-and-Christian-Persecution

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...]

It’s Never Too Late To Participate In A Resurrection

cross2

I knew a man of miserable existence. Self-centered and materialistic to the core, though it never did a good job of covering up chronic feelings of deep seeded inadequacy. Having traveled a bumpy road he was filled with dashed hopes, and too afraid to truly dream– because dreaming simply hurts too much for one who [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll Apologizes And Says He’s Changing His Life (and I support him)

maxresdefault

Mark Driscoll, it appears, is repenting. I didn’t think I would ever write this post, but I am. In a letter to Mars Hill that appears to have been leaked to Reddit, Mark Driscoll is apologizing for some of his behavior and committing to giving up being a celebrity in order to be a better [Read More...]

What If God Actually Loves Me? (A Truth I’m Rediscovering Outside American Christianity)

agape-love

As I’ve shared before, I’ve spent most of my life suffering from this idea that God hates me. Even when I say otherwise, or start to feel slightly more loveable, there always seems to be this nagging doubt in the back of my mind. Maybe God loves some people… but I just can’t imagine that [Read More...]

Fighting The Aerosmith Factor (using jaded to reform, not simply criticize)

promo

The other day my niece, Imani, looked at me and said: “Uncle Ben, your hair is turning white. You look like a little old man with earrings”, as she let out her classic giggle. While I’m only a few weeks shy of 38, it’s definitely true that I’ve got some gray going on. However, my [Read More...]

Justice Delayed: About That Time We Executed A Child With A Bible

news-George-Stinney-Jr

Too often we’re sent the message that we’re most doing the work of God when we proclaim God– but I believe we’re also doing the work of God when we seek to restore broken and unjust social systems that keep us from experiencing the truth that we’re all the same. [Read more...]

Justice Broken: How A Poor Theology Of The Cross Created America’s Broken Justice System

penal

America’s justice system is broken, but why? The ultimate reason can be traced back to the influences of the penal substitution theory of the atonement which focuses on punishment, not restoration. To fix America’s broken justice system, we must recover a better understanding of the justice of the cross. [Read more...]

Taking Space: When You Love The Church Too Much To Go To Church

12736952-standard

When your church experience has you wounded and depleted, sometimes the good and right thing to do, is to take a break from church. Missionaries take breaks, pastors take breaks– and so should weary church-goers. [Read more...]

Walking Wounded as a Means to Build Community (The Dave Test)

davetest

It wasn’t long after my wife and I started dating that I realized I had made a critical mistake in trying to date a therapist. As we got to know each other and as I let Tracy into my own long history of broken dreams, Tracy tried to not-so-gently tell me that I sucked at [Read More...]

Simple Life: why we need less stuff in our lives

130211100548

In February, I found myself spending time in the slums of Mumbai, India while on a research expedition for my dissertation on Human Trafficking in India. It had long been a dream of mine to spend time in the slums and make some friends. While many of my friends here in the west want to [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X