I, the comfortably cursing Christian


I am entirely confident that God is perfectly okay with me cursing whenever I find it entirely appropriate to do so. The key phrase there is “whenever I find it appropriate to do so.” I don’t often find it appropriate to curse. I rarely employ such language in what I write, for instance, because I [Read More...]

Christians and abortion: let’s act our age, k?

I’m against abortion. So are you. So is everyone. Who doesn’t like babies? The reason I’m against abortion has nothing to do with the fact that I’m a Christian, and everything to do with the fact that I’m a human. Everyone thinks abortion is an terrible option. Everyone wishes no one ever felt compelled to [Read More...]

Muslim Child Prophet? Muslim Child Actor? Midget Cleric?

One of the weird things about writing this blog is that it forces me to confront the fact that (news flash!) when it comes to religion people can be pretty crazy. The first time I saw this video, two months ago, I watched it four times in a row. It’s one of the more fascinating [Read More...]

An interview about my book “I’m OK — You’re Not.”

Below is an interview done with me by ChristianBook.com upon the publication of I’m OK. Christianbook.com: What’s the main message of “I’m OK–You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop”? John Shore: It’s that endeavoring to fulfill the Great Commission with people who haven’t first asked to hear about Christ necessarily [Read More...]

How Is “Convert, You Sinner!” Loving?

There’s just no way, “I love you; now completely change” is a good message to send. [Read more...]

Ten Ways Christians Fail to be Christian

[UPDATE: A new and much improved version of this piece is Seven ways Christians  blow it.] I feel that we Christians too often fail in these ten ways: 1. Too much money. “Wealthy Christian” should be an oxymoron. In Luke 12:33, Jesus says, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” At Matthew 19:21, he [Read More...]

Church to Abused Wife: “Stay With Him”

Due to a series of posts I once wrote and then collected into a longer piece, entitled Seven Reasons Women Stay in Abusive Relationships, and How to Defeat Each One of Them (which in ten months has been visited some 19,000 times), I get a fair number of emails from women relating the terrible story [Read More...]

Christians Smoking Pot?

In response to When Jesus, Drugs, and Lawrence Welk Collide, a reader wrote me to ask: “What’s your view on Christians smoking pot? Because the Bible never actually references it, and it is a natural thing given to the earth. Just wondering.” [Read more...]

Original Sin: Thanks, Mom and Dad!

A young man wrote me yesterday to ask me what exactly the phrase “original sin” means. So: Dear polite kid who wrote to ask me that: Original sin is when you sin in a way that’s so unique no one’s ever sinned that way before. Hence its originality. Har! Kid, if you don’t know my [Read More...]

If You Heed Paul on Gays, Heed Jesus on Money

How can any Christian take what Paul said about homosexuality literally, and at the same time ignore or seriously waffle on what Jesus Christ himself said about money? [Read more...]