You’ll Never Understand The Bible Until You Understand Jesus

True story: nearly loosing my eye 14 years ago taught me how to better read and interpret the Bible. I was just moving into my condo in Tumon, Guam. I was so excited to move in– it had a beautiful balcony overlooking the Philippine Sea, was just a short walk from the beaches, and I [Read More...]

How To Completely Misuse The Bible In 5 Easy Steps


Yes, the Bible can be a complex set of documents to understand, and is easily misused. However, I think if we’ll be conscious of these 5 ways we too often unintentionally misuse and misread the scriptures, we’ll find ourselves on a trajectory that might be more exciting than anything we had previously anticipated. [Read more...]

How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It.

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Let’s be honest: Christianity in America has an image crisis, and justifiably so. Somehow the most beautiful story ever told got diluted into a hybrid of culture and religion that people are finding less than appealing. Not for lack of a good narrative– even some of my atheist friends have privately conceded that as far [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why Calvinism Makes Me Want To Gouge My Eyes Out

Calvinism, in contrast to Jesus, teaches that God picks a few and not the rest– that God is the sports captain from my 7th grade gym class, including the glee that comes with pounding on the kids who didn’t get picked. [Read more...]

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

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...]

When Pastors Live In Multimillion Dollar Mansions, It’s Not A Sign Of God’s Blessing– But Our Sinfulness


Is the phenomenon of rich American pastors a sign of God’s blessing? In this post about my work in India and the association between American Christianity and wealth, I ask some hard questions about what it means to actually follow Jesus. [Read more...]

5 Keys To Surviving A Christian Paradigm Shift

We all go through shifts in our faith, and sometimes they’re radical shifts. It can be hard to survive these seasons of transition with our faith intact if we’re not careful. As per the request of readership, here are my 5 key pieces of advice on how you can survive a Christian paradigm shift. [Read more...]

If People Excluded “Illegal Immigrants”, We Wouldn’t Have Jesus

We only have Jesus because someone decided to show love and mercy towards an illegal immigrant. [Read more...]

Finding Jesus When You’re Adrift: The Benefit Of Being A Christian Outsider

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Today I take great comfort that Jesus came not for the people with their feet planted firmly on the shore, but for people like me who are often set adrift in the vast oceans of life– and who have no island of their own to drift towards. [Read more...]

Reclaiming The Immigration Discussion: Why Jesus Followers Need To Side With The Stranger

When the people of Jesus reclaim the immigration discussion, we discover that immigrants should be able to move to any culture in the world and know that when they arrive, they’ll find guaranteed allies in the Christian community… I don’t know how things could get much clearer: if we’re not radically caring for, feeding and clothing immigrants, Jesus says we’re not really on God’s side at all. [Read more...]