We’re All Biblical Literalists…Until It Comes To Torture

One of the most frustrating realities that I continue to bump into in my evangelical community is the way that the pro-violence war mindset of many conservative Americans has seeped into evangelical Christianity and has been assimilated with a "Christian worldview."Last week, when the CIA Torture Report was released, many Americans were shocked at the cruel, inhumane, and frankly, evil practices used by our troops to interrogate war criminals in the Middle-East. The list of practices used to " … [Read more...]

Have the Conversations


Guest Post By: Andrew J. Belcher, Founder, Heart for Holiness Ministries Why can't we have conversations about our beliefs? Why is it so difficult for people who claim the name of Jesus to put down their superficial walls of biblical arrogance for just one minute in order to hear someone else's point of view about something that they too are claiming to be from scripture? It seems to be such a point of pride in the contemporary christian church. The church is flooded with this type of C … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE: Brandan Interviews Rob Bell (Part 2)


Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to sit down and chat with one of the most influential spiritual guides of our generation, Rob Bell. Rob has just released a new book that he wrote with his wife, Kristen, called The Zimzum of Love and has a new television talk show- The Rob Bell Show- airing this Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network, so we had a ton to talk about when we chatted last week. If you missed the first installment of this two part interview where I talk to Rob about his views on … [Read more...]

“Disarming Scripture” by Derek Flood- A Review


Evangelical theology is undergoing a major reformation. In this period of reformation and renewal, many fresh voices are rising to the surface and are helping challenge the presuppositions of both conservatives and progressives, calling us all to a more Christ centered reading of the Scriptures. Among the most impressive of these voices is Derek Flood, an artist and theologian who has been making substantial waves along the outskirts of the evangelical movement with his challenging and … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Bell Interview Part 1


Over the past week or so, Pastor Rob Bell has been blowing up the news outlets and Christian blog-o-sphere with the announcement of an airdate (December 21) for his new show- The Rob Bell Show- on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Many people have come out in overwhelming support of Rob's new endeavors, such as Danielle Shoryer, who calls Rob "a better Evangelical than most Evangelicals." Others have critiqued Rob's new show as further proof that he has "left the fold" and jumped off the deep … [Read more...]

Hope for Ferguson, Hope for Us All


Tonight, our nation sits in shock. Some sit before their television screens speechless. Others are moved in a wave of emotions to the streets of Ferguson, D.C., Chicago, New York, and many other cities across out nation, expressing their confusion and pain to our nation and our world. Others, like me, sit at our computers, wondering what, if  anything we can do in this moment to be a voice of justice in the midst of such a chaotic situation.Tonight, on my way home from a movie, a friend a … [Read more...]