The Biggest Obstacles to Staying Christian: The Next Step

In the last 24 hours, my previous post has gotten over 100 comments and about half as many private email messages. The comments so far are honest, heartfelt, and I honor you all for taking the time to offer us all the benefit your experiences and your wisdom. Over the next few days I will try to [Read More...]

“Why Do I Keep Believing?” The Biggest Obstacles to Staying Christian

“Knowing what you know, why do you keep believing?” I hear this question a lot. I get it a lot. I ask it of others. I ask it of myself. I think there are many more who would like to ask it but can’t. You may have been taught that questioning makes God angry, and [Read More...]

Dear Christian: If the Thought of Either Romney or Obama Getting Elected Makes You Fearful, Angry, or Depressed, You Have What we Call a Theological Problem

Before we get going here, let’s be clear on what and what This is not a cynical, “I’m above it all,” anti-political rant. I am not telling you both candidates are the same. I am not telling you not to vote. I am not telling you to stop arguing about politics and coming to [Read More...]

Speaking of Culture Wars: Evangelicals and the Bible (Again)

Today, Rachel Held Evans posted on how Christian culture wars may be winning battles but losing a generation. Younger Christians are growing tired of having the Good News defined by their leaders going into default battle mode whenever a controversial social or political issue comes up. I agree with Rachel’s observation, and it struck me immediately that it [Read More...]

Larry Hurtado on “Academic Injustice and Shameful Cowardice” in Christian Academia

Larry Hurtado (internationally recognized scholar of New Testament and Christians origins and recently retired from the University of Edinburgh) posted today a hard-hitting commentary on the current state of Christian academic institutions, where administrators shoot their faculty first and ask questions later, or not at all. Hurtado has become quite exasperated at the unreasonable and dictatorial manner in which good scholars are [Read More...]