If Your Family Has Attitudes This Time of Year, Use the Beatitudes to Stay in Good Cheer

Dreading upcoming family gatherings for the holidays? This reading of the Beatitudes just might quell your attitudes. [Read more…]

What Non-Christians Want Christians To Hear

Here’s a small sampling of the responses I got when I asked non-Christians about being on the receiving end of the efforts of Christian evangelicals to convert them. [Read more…]

The Joy of Hell

Without hell, what would be left of Christianity? [Read more…]

Constantly Living the Great Commandment is Impossible — And That’s Okay

We simply cannot love God all of the time in the kind of all-consuming way prescribed by the Great Commandment. And God doesn’t expect us to. [Read more…]

The Comfort of the Cross

Here are six truths about suffering—and four steps to relieve it—that should prove comforting to any Christian in pain: God didn’t cause our suffering. God never, ever wants us to suffer. He hates it when we hurt. But we must sometimes hurt, because pain is an unavoidable part of the human legacy, period. God could [Read More…]

Doing Christianity vs. Being Christian

Here’s an expansion upon my Tweet o’ this morning that read: “Watch that you don’t sacrifice being a Christian for doing Christianity.” Sometimes I think that in our efforts to be all that we can be when it comes to Christ, we make Him entirely too complicated. As a means of proving that he loves [Read More…]

What Exactly is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God–fully God, not any sort of partial, almost God sort of thing–that any believer in Christ understands resides within him or her. It’s the means by which God maintains an immediate, unfathomably intimate relationship with those who understand His presence within them as being complete and of the same substance as [Read More…]

Anne Rice: “I Quit Being a Christian!” Yaaaaawn.

As you’ve likely heard, renowned author of novels about vampires Anne Rice has boldly declared that she is no longer a Christian. On her Facebook page yesterday she wrote, Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. [Read More…]

Those Ignorant, Laughable Fundamentalists. Right?

I just got in a comment to yesterday’s  A Christian Reader Asks: “They’re Doing Yoga At My Job. Should I Join In?” I thought so interesting I wanted to bust it out here in its own post. Its writer linked to a blog called “Pearl of the Prairie,” which I assume is his/blog. Anyway, here’s what [Read More…]

Does God Control or Persuade? (And Is His Future What We Make It?)

Remember my post “Waffles?” Me neither. Weirdly enough, hitting my blog’s “Publish” button triggers a corresponding “Delete” function to go off in my head: on my blog means out of my memory. But I see that “Waffles” generated 135 comments, so it must be awesome. My guess is the hot picture of Virginia Woolf is [Read More…]