The Potential Beauty That Could Come From Dying For An Enemy

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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’s So Complicated About “Love Your Enemies”?

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If there’s one thing I don’t understand about modern Christianity in America, it’s this: The offensiveness of enemy love. If one takes a public stand against, say, any sin you can think of, one is considered “courageous” and a “defender of the faith”. Folks will quickly applaud you and tell you how much they admire [Read More...]

What Both Sides Completely Miss In The Abortion Discussion

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If we want to make any headway on this, we’re going to need to have a new discussion entirely– one that fully humanizes all life, and one that radically values the life of the unborn as well as the life of the post-born. Anything short of this new discussion of what it looks like to value life at all stages, will leave us spinning our wheels like the last generation has done.

I believe this next generation can do better.

I believe they’re ready for a new discussion.

And I believe that together, we can find a third way to approach this. [Read more...]

When We Give Away Guns In Church: Bad Idea, or Really Horrible Idea?

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It seems there’s a growing trend in some churches of giving away free guns in order to promote church growth. Back in March, a church ironically named “Grace” Baptist Church gave away a free AR-15 as part of an evangelism outreach dedicated to “hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the [Read More...]

Abducted & Robbed In The Congo (How Jesus, Bear Gyrlls & CBS Saved My Life)

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“With every mile that went by, my sense of panic only increased. It was so dark that I couldn’t see anything around us, and we didn’t seem to be driving in any direction that I’d want to be going. With robbery and murder being so common (while I was there they killed 20 people after losing a soccer match, which locals shrugged off as typical), I began to accept that I was being robbed (something I can deal with) and that there was a good chance I was also about to be killed (not how I preferred to start my trip).” — Here’s how I survived an abduction and robbery in the Congo. [Read more...]

Jesus Carries An AR-15? God Wrote The Constitution? (What Happens When You Mix Politics & Jesus)

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Two of the craziest, and sickest stories I’ve seen in a while wrap out our week here on the blog: Both of these stories serve to demonstrate what happens when the blending of Christianity and culture go to an extreme. As a missiologist, we call this “syncretism”. Christianity in all cultures has a way of [Read More...]

Atheists Have Their Kirk Camerons Too.

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Even atheists have fundamentalists who desire to antagonize, not dialogue. My question is: why do we keep feeding the system that makes us enemies? [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty

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Now is the time to begin teaching people that following Jesus means we must oppose the death penalty. Here are 5 reasons why: [Read more...]

Why I Am Hopeful for the Future of American Christianity

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I was reflecting today on the many different subjects I’ve written about over these past few months, and realized that while I’ve offered a lot of insights, and expressed numerous laments, I’ve been at an imbalance– forgetting to write about things which give me hope for American Christianity. Today, I want to fix that. I [Read More...]

Common Objections & Misunderstandings on Christian Nonviolence

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One of the most difficult Christian doctrines to accept is the doctrine of Christian Nonviolence. The reason why it is among the most difficult Christian beliefs to embrace is because it directly contradicts what American culture has taught us from day one. However, the teachings of Jesus were always radical. They were in conflict with [Read More...]


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