Congressional Insider Trading – Our Representatives are Embarrassing Us

Checks and balances is an essential part of the genius of the American system, but they have also slowed the government down to a grinding halt. Mired in the gridlock, it seems our representatives have found a way to kill time: insider trading. When we need our representatives to help speed economic recovery, they’ve been [Read More...]

Libertarianism and An Evangelical Social Gospel?

There is a nice book review of An Evangelical Social Gospel? up at I think it’s a really fair review of what I tried to do in the book. It’s interesting to hear someone kind of push on my view of personhood. The atomism critique was new to me & I’ll have to investigate [Read More...]

No traction for Secularism in the UK – Why?

Front page at The Independent today contains an interesting article by Peter Popham about secularism in the UK. The British still have an official state church, and 71% ticked the “Christian” box in the last census. If you don’t want to read the whole article (it rambles), it’s worth it just to scroll to the bottom [Read More...]

My Name is Asher Lev

If you are a reader of fiction and have not yet read My Nameis Asher Lev and The Gift of Asher Lev… stop what you are doing, logon to, buy An Evangelical Social Gospel, then both of these books by author, painter, rabbi & my new hero – Chaim Potok. Just kidding, forget the [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m genuinely sad that Whitney Houston has died. I continued to wish all the way up until the end that she would find sobriety again. I confess to feelings of profound gratitude and pride for all of those people in my life who live sober despite their addictions… you know who you [Read More...]

Christians Should Unite For This Election (Behind Stephen Colbert?)

That was supposed to be the headline for my recent article at the Huffington Post. Instead it reads, “Christians For Colbert: Why We Should Unite for This Election.” Either way – here’s an excerpt. As always, I appreciate people clicking “like” or sharing via facebook & twitter from the actual article on the HuffPo:This election [Read More...]

The End of Dispensationalism

There is no official church doctrine on the end times. It is a matter of dispute. However, there does seem to be a consensus  among all different corners of the Christian world today among Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and thankfully more and more evangelical theologians all the time: dispensationalism is an erroneous [Read More...]

How To Be Really Terrible at Interpreting the Bible

How are we supposed to read the bible? Is the bible self-interpreting? Or do we have to be taught how to read it? Who decides which reading of the bible is correct and where did they get this authority? Why do some people say “the bible says,” constantly in order to prove their opinion about [Read More...]

Happy 15th Anniversary

So, fifteen years ago today I was a nervous wreck. I was about to be married. I wasn’t nervous about marrying Kristin, she and I were good, I was just nervous about the ceremony. For all of the countless hours I’ve spent on a stage, I still am nervous when it comes to formal ceremonial [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I finally got new jeans that seem to fit – American Eagle… strange. I confess that on the family outing to the mall to buy jeans I spent exactly 48 seconds in Abercrombie & Fitch and nearly threw up. First of all the music is way too loud. Second, the clothing is [Read More...]

Mormonism – not really considered to be among the fastest growing faiths

According to the official LDS church statistics for 2011 there are now over 6 million Mormons living in the United States. That’s 2% of the population. The church has lately been described as of the fastest-growing faiths in the country. Between 1990 and 2008 the LDS church claims to have grown by 30%, which is [Read More...]

Polarize Everything!

Here is a great blog post by my used to be kid-next-door neighbor. Keith’s all grown up and, has some interesting things to say here. Nice word, Keith.Here are a couple of pull quotes: “I know I can be a bully about my opinions and leanings. I don’t want to be. I want to be [Read More...]