Three Things Jesus Would Be For Halloween This Year

Grunge Halloween background

It’s almost Halloween, and as we know, Christians have some mixed feelings on this. The other day I wrote that as Christians, we should welcome any opportunity to inject beauty into the world, and Halloween is one of those opportunities. In fact, I think it’s actually a huge opportunity the people of Jesus would do [Read More...]

Using the Bible To Run From Jesus (What If Jesus Actually Is Enough?)

Angry priest doing a sermon

Growing up, I learned a lot about Jesus. As an adult, I’ve learned even more. One of the common threads that has been part of my journey was the idea that “Jesus is sufficient” or what is sometimes called the “sufficiency of Christ.” In my fundamentalist world, the sufficiency of Christ was a theological descriptor [Read More...]

What Jesus Meant When He Said, “I Didn’t Come To Bring Peace, But A Sword”

Knight. Photo in vintage style

There’s a passage in Matthew 10 that comes up somewhat frequently in conversations– perhaps you’re familiar with it. It’s a passage where Jesus said, “Do not suppose I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have come not to bring peace, but a sword.” It’s a strong statement. I see this passage brought [Read More...]

What People Really Mean When They Say “But I Believe The WHOLE Bible”

Old Holy Bible

“But I believe the WHOLE Bible.” It’s a very common phrase I hear in Christian circles. In the course of teaching others to live how Jesus lived, to do what Jesus did, and to follow what Jesus taught, there are no shortage of objections to the idea. Sadly, those who most often object to the [Read More...]

The One Thing Even Jesus Didn’t Want To Do

Life B&W

Culture has a tendency to quietly whisper in our ear that independence is a beautiful thing– but we were made for so much more than being independent. We value the concept of being self-made, culture tells us that we must be primarily true to ourselves, and having an independent personality is generally seen as a strength. Culture tells [Read More...]

Hit The Reset Button: The Key To Saving a Weary Faith

On the top of the mountain

On a daily basis I interact with readers who come from nearly every location on the faith continuum. Many are either disenchanted, burned out, or aren’t quite sure where they are headed anymore. Yet, most seem to still be fascinated with this person called Jesus. My advice for everyone, regardless of the particular place you may [Read More...]

Mike Huckabee vs. Jesus


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The Potential Beauty That Could Come From Dying For An Enemy


As I sit down to write this post I’m realizing that I’m probably going to get branded as “that guy who writes about nonviolence”, but I can think of no core aspect of the message of Jesus that I’d rather talk so much about. Nonviolence is one of those utterly insane ideas that becomes ridiculously [Read More...]

What Jesus Would Have To Say About The Current Immigration Crisis

Over the past few weeks, the current immigration crisis has boiled over in a way we’ve not seen before now. We’ve seen literally thousands of often unaccompanied children spilling over the southern US border fleeing poverty and violence in their Central American homelands. The children who have successfully made it into the US are being [Read More...]

No, Jesus Didn’t Command We Own Weapons


Perhaps one of the most abused passages in all of scripture these days is Luke 22:36. The issue comes up often, and is a predictable comment that ends up in any thread where I discuss nonviolent enemy love… “But didn’t Jesus command that his disciples carry swords?” To arrive at the position that Jesus endorses [Read More...]