Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders

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“People have been looking for Jesus for a long time, but never quite like this.” – N.T. Wright, “Five Gospels but No Gospel” I’ve heard many descriptions of the historical Jesus over the years. Garrett Glass’ Jesus seems as unfamiliar to me as any. Billed as a work of historical fiction, the self-published Jehoshua: Signs and [Read More...]

Botched Oklahoma Execution: Killing in the Name of the State

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It least 4.1% of death row inmates are innocent of the crime for which they are sentenced to die. That fact alone should be enough to stop capital punishment for good. Couple that with the reality that states without the death penalty consistently have lower murder rates, and you’ve got a solid argument against. Add [Read More...]

How to Talk to Your Children About God (Rainy Day Repost)

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It’s pouring down rain in Kansas City, so here’s a little rainy day repost from a little over a year ago. The post was developed from questions I have gotten over the years from parents in my church who are trying their best to pass along their faith to their children. They don’t want to [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I am still preoccupied with questions of time. My ongoing experimental attempts at time management are progressing slowly. My overall goal is to work on my schedule and job performance until I see the consistent and fruitful observance of Sabbath day every week. My most recent early to bed, early to rise [Read More...]

Daniel Kirk Takes On Michael Bird’s Take On Ehrman’s Take On Jesus

Daniel Kirk is one of my favorite bloggers. He wrote a very critical review of Michael Bird’s chapter in How God Became Jesus, a book written in response to How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman. Kirk takes issue with Bird’s sense of humor, but mostly Kirk takes apart Bird’s argument. Kirk’s critical analysis was [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert & Pat Robertson Give Dating Advice – How Could You Go Wrong?

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive For the record it’s: slat·tern·ly [slat-ern-lee] adjective: 1) slovenly and untidy; 2) characteristic or suggestive of a slattern. What is a slattern you ask? slat·tern [slat-ern] noun: 1) a slovenly, untidy woman or girl. 2) a slut; harlot. it. had. to. be. Happy Friday everyone. [Read more...]

Easter 1A, John 20:1-18 – Disney’s Frozen & the Resurrection

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On Easter Sunday we showed this clip just before the sermon. When the song started, you could hear little voices all over the room start to sing along. The sound took my breath away. It was our kids. On Christmas & Easter we have all of our children, even the babies, join us in worship; [Read More...]

Happy Earth Day! (Or as we evangelicals like to call it, Tuesday).

Evangelicals are known for our skepticism of science. We’re also a tad bit prone toward conspiracy theories. I was a biology major at a state school known for agriculture, so I spent to much time listening to the dynamics of global warming to shrug it off as a hoax. Yet, we still have a fair [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I love Easter Sunday. I love that everybody shows up for church on the same day. I love that the culture hasn’t found an effective way to completely commercialize it yet. I love that Easter means that family and friends will be spending long hours together talking, laughing, telling stories, and playing [Read More...]

Wendell Berry on the Practice of Resurrection: The Mad Farm Liberation Front

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I do not love poetry, typically, when it is not set to music. Wendell Berry is one notable exception, and this happens to be one of my favorites. I’m always struck by how clearly Berry is able to see and describe the consequences of the way we choose to act as a society. I love [Read More...]

How Does “Dying for our Sins” Work?

I read a great post from Brian Zahnd this week, it’s worth a read. Here’s a quick excerpt. You can find the whole article and Brian’s blog here: When we say “Jesus died for our sins,” what does that mean? It’s undeniably an essential confession of Christian faith, but how does it work? This much I’m [Read More...]

Good and Bad News for Christmas & Easter Christians: A Little Friday Funny

So I found a neologism as yet unknown to me: Chreastians. It’s a mash-up of Christmas, Easter, and Christian meant to refer to the folks who only come around on Christmas and Easter. It’s a bad word both aesthetically and in it’s derogatory intention. Apparently there’s also the word Chreasters (Christmas and Easter) – equally troublesome. [Read More...]


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