Why Some Christians Are Universalists (Letting Go of Hell Series)

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Continuing the discussion on hell we started yesterday, I was asked to show the third option that exists beyond eternal conscious torment (the traditional hell), and annihilation. The third option that exists, of course, is universalism. Yes, there are Christian Universalists– and they’re not a new thing. Christian Universalists existed among the early church, contributed [Read More...]

Towards The Cross: The Importance of Last Words

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As I flip through a few chapters in the book of John, I feel the same way I do when I think about that last conversation with Gram. I soak in the words. I remember their importance. I draw them in close to my heart and hold onto them. [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Why I Submit to My Wife (It Honors God)

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“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Eph 5:21 Looking back on my life, there are a few days that I’d prefer to forget. One such day was a weekend in November 1998, when I met the woman who’d later become my father’s wife. I was living in Germany at the time, [Read More...]

Simple Life: why we need less stuff in our lives

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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...]

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

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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...]

True Biblical Hospitality: Loving Immigrants, Strangers, and Enemies

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I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite moments in life is when I put on an old jacket or an old pair of pants, reach into my pocket, and find money I didn’t know I had. It doesn’t matter if it’s a couple bucks, or $20; when you discover something of value [Read More...]


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