What If Blessing Israel Means Confronting Their Violence?

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My heart breaks as violence is on the rise again in Israel. Just within the last few days, we’ve seen a Palestinian child burned alive , seen leaked video of Israeli police beating an American Palestinian child who was bound at the time, a Christian minister has been attacked by Israeli settlers, and an Israeli [Read More...]

Please Skip That Independence Day Service At Church

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If your church is going to be holding an Independence Day celebration this year, I hope you’ll think this through and decide to skip it. Celebrating Independence Day at church is among what I believe to be the most offensive things we could do in a place that is supposed to be reserved for worshiping [Read More...]

When We Worship The God of Fear (the idolatry of gun culture)

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Our culture which has for generations been so radically pro-gun that it has opposed any sort of reasonable, middle ground approach on the issue, is now experiencing what Jesus meant when he said: “if you live by the sword you will die by the sword”. We are literally shooting each other on a daily basis to the point that it’s not even shocking anymore. We’ve created a culture that cultivates fear, worships individual rights, and justifies an endless cycle of violence– and now we’re experiencing the consequences of our own sick idolatry. [Read more...]

God’s Amazing Purpose: Tons Of You Are Going To Die (So Says Dobson)

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God’s plan is wonderful, isn’t it? Well, not so much if you’re still listening to the Dobson’s over at Focus on the Family/ Family Talk. If that’s where you’re getting your info… well, God’s plan it would seem, is positively, absolutely… horrible. Ryan Dobson, son of James Dobson, took to the “family talk” blog to [Read More...]

Kirk Cameron Parenting: Boys Need To Learn How To Use Weapons Of Destruction

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In another installment of parenting according to Kirk Cameron, we find a tragic view of violence and destruction– something that certainly seems appropriate to discuss on this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have died in the service of their country. While Kirk’s post was from last month, it’s a glaring example of the [Read More...]

Sarah Palin Vs. Jars of Clay: The Case Of Misplaced Christian Outrage

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American Christians: have you lost your minds?? Who is it that told you that you should freak out over someone’s political stance on civil gay marriage instead of Christian leaders who are advocating that we torture other bearers of the divine image of God? Did someone cast a spell on you? How is it that your righteous outrage got so misplaced? [Read more...]

We Don’t Have To Be Enemies: Partnering With Atheists To Build The Kingdom

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As a Jesus follower, I want to be a part of the culture Jesus came to bring– the culture he so often calls “The Kingdom”. I want to be a part of a counter-cultural movement that radically changes the world– one that sees the will of God done here on earth, as it already is [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why We’ve Let MLK Down

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Every generation seems to be blessed with at least one prophetic voice, and the generation before mine had MLK. However, as I reflect upon King’s dream, I can’t help but honestly admit, that in so many ways we have failed to listen to this modern prophet. I fear that if King were to see us [Read More...]

Terrorists Apologize After Accidentally Beheading Their Own Guy (he who lives by the sword, will die by it)

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The counter cultural message of Jesus invites us to embrace a life of total non-violence, and to follow him. If we insist on participating in violence or violent social systems, Jesus contends that this will have the potential to place us on the receiving end, of the very tool we use. Here’s a great example [Read More...]

The Cross of Christ: The Symbol of a Tolerant God (my response to The Gospel Coalition)

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Are Christians called to be intolerant of other viewpoints and lifestyles? Is God himself an intolerant God? The Gospel Coalition says yes, on both counts. Last week, the Gospel Coalition encouraged readers to reject the concept of being “tolerant” of others opting instead for the emulation of God’s supposed “intolerance”. The piece, which you can [Read More...]


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