3 Ways Christians Use Theology to Misuse the Bible

Post by: Christian Stackaruck, Theological ContributorIn recent years, theology has garnered a very popular reputation as being dead. In fact, more people probably believe that Elvis is alive and well than the study of theology. As a student of theology I have come to know this quite well. When asked by Christians what I study I now say, “ministry,” and when speaking with non-believers I say, “ancient Near Eastern languages and religious systems.” In the instance of the latter, I do not soun … [Read more...]

What Evangelical Leaders (& The Rest of Us) Can Learn From Glenn Beck

On Wednesday, Glenn Beck, the uber-conservative, tea party-ish, Mormon political commentator and personality took to the airwaves to announce that he was going to be making a "potentially lethal" career move that would put his new television network and non-profit in jeopardy. But with tears in his eyes, he looked directly in to the camera and said, "I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this." Following the emotional build up, Beck announced that he would be loading up a … [Read more...]

Living As Functional Atheists

Guest Post by Duane Beachey, Author Reading the Bible As If Jesus Mattered I read Sam Harris’ book, Letter to a Christian Nation. Harris is among contemporary atheists who have authored books to convince people of atheist beliefs. It’s an interesting book. He’s right about some things. I’d have to say that I couldn’t believe in some of the descriptions of God he offers either. He highlights the worst abuses of people of faith and blames the religion itself for those abuses. He points out Christi … [Read more...]

Churches Should NOT Celebrate Independence Day

I love America.I really do. I am proud to live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. I have been to a number of other countries and in my humble opinion, none compare to the United States of America. I also see no problem with being a Christian and having a healthy sense of national pride.But there is a big problem when the two get intertwined.As Christians, we believe that we live in two overlapping realities at once- the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man. Our aim … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Atheism…

Last week I had the honor of continuing a three year tradition of sitting down and chatting with my friend, the artist and prolific author Frank Schaeffer at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Every year that I have sat down with Frank, I have been blown away by his compassion, spiritual fervor, and honesty. Every year, I walk away from our conversation filled with hope and a renewed energy to continue pressing in to my mission and vision for a new kind of Christianity. … [Read more...]

4 Teachings Of Jesus That His Followers (Almost) Never Take Seriously

It's no secret that those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ consistently fall short of living up to the way of life of our Rabbi. Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey towards conforming ourselves to the image and way of life that Jesus taught. However, so often, followers of Jesus chose to blatantly ignore some of the clearest instruction of our Rabbi and obscure it with vague theology so that we can get off the hook. Other times, followers of Jesus are taught something … [Read more...]