Why so many white evangelical Christians are incompetent scoundrels

Writer Samuel Johnson once said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” To be fair, he wasn’t criticizing love of one’s country, he was criticizing so-called “false patriotism,” which was really a cloak for self-interest. By calling a selfish or aggressive act “patriotic,” it somehow becomes heroic. It’s an appeal to emotions in order [Read More…]

Frame or be Framed

Several years ago I worked on a documentary called spOILed, which takes a rather unique look at our relationship with fossil fuels. In the film, we argue that contrary to what we’re told by the anti-oil industry (a.k.a the environmentalist movement), fossil fuels are the cleanest, safest form of energy ever discovered, and that anyone who [Read More…]

Perhaps violence isn’t so black and white after all…

To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold. This the rulers of the earth all recognize, and yet when it comes to the greatest crime–waging war on another state–they praise [Read More…]

A few thoughts on avoiding extremes

Just because something isn’t what you expected doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Just becomes something can’t do everything doesn’t mean it can’t do some things well. For something to be revealed, other things must be concealed. Therefore, the key question behind every “A-ha moment” should be, “What am I missing?” Don’t just accept an idea [Read More…]

Hell is far from an abstract theological discussion

A couple of years ago you would have had a hard time convincing me to head out to the theater to watch a documentary featuring a number of Muslim leaders debating the finer points of Islamic theology. It’s not that I don’t care about Islam or that I wouldn’t find it interesting. It’s just that [Read More…]

Is God violent? Brian McLaren weighs in

In light of my recent blog posts addressing what I see as significant problems inherent in Reformed Christianity, penal substitution views of the atonement and the like, I thought it might be helpful to post this outtake from Brian McLaren’s Hellbound? interview. Enjoy! Is God Violent? Brian McLaren gives his POV from Kevin Miller on [Read More…]