10 Things You Can’t Vote For While Following Jesus

Being a “Christian” means “being a little Christ.” Put even more succinctly, it means “following Jesus.”Can you actually do things on this list and call yourself a Christian? Well, of course. Sadly, people do it all the time.Are you following Jesus when you vote for these things. Nope.1) Anti-LGBT lawsAsk yourself: “Who would Jesus discriminate against?”As you think about the answer, keep in mind that while the Pharisees encouraged discrimination against women, tax collector … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Prayer: DEscription Not PREscription (6 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe it reflects some of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In Part 6, we look at the difficulty in following God's desires.(Read Part 1 here and 2 here and 3 here and 4 here and 5 here).When you pray, say… "May we not be severely tested."Like Jesus, in his life and teachings, The Lord's Prayer stirs things up - it is a radical … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Prayer: DEscription Not PREscription (5 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe it reflects some of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In Part 5, we think about the connection between forgiveness and forgiving.(Read Part 1 here and 2 here and 3 here and 4 here).Jesus taught the disciples that prayer should first acknowledge God as “father,” that they (we) should ask God to bring the Kingdom of heaven to ea … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Prayer: DEscription Not PREscription (4 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe it reflects Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In Part 4, we think about what it means to ask God to give us our daily bread.(Read Part 1 here and 2 here and 3 here)Jesus taught that our prayers should first acknowledge God as “father,” and that we should ask God to bring the Kingdom of heaven to earth through us. He then instr … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Prayer: DEscription Not PREscription (3 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe that it is one of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In part 3, we’re looking at Jesus’ understanding of “the Kingdom,” what it meant to him, and why his interpretation would have been radical.(Read Part 1 here and 2 here)After Jesus had taught his disciples to pray to God as if they were talking to their own father, he turned … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Prayer: DEscription Not PREscription (2 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe that it is one of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. It is mean to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In part 2, we’re looking at Jesus’ name for God, what it means, and why it would have been controversial in his culture.(Read Part 1 here)The very first word of The Lord’s Prayer would have been considered shocking in 1st century Palestine.When the disciples asked Jesus to describ … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Prayer: DEscription Not PREscription

Most Sundays, The Lord’s Prayer can be heard echoing in dull monotone from churches around the US, as the faithful recite the well-known words in unison.“Our father – who art in heaven – hallowed be thy name – thy kingdom come…”Many of us feel comforted or peaceful when we recite what are possibly Jesus’ most famous words, but I’m wondering: do you ever feel…challenged by The Lord’s prayer?Because you should.When you pray The Lord's Prayer, do you feel like you’re saying … [Read more...]

The Frightening Implications of Easter

Even with the gruesome reality of Jesus’ suffering on “Good” Friday, our modern understanding of Holy Week and Easter has undersold the dangerous reality of the implications of the Easter story.The Easter story should leave us all quivering in our boots.It should also inspire us to acts of great love that might put us at great personal risk.To truly grasp the terrifying implications of Easter in contemporary society, let's first look at the “historical” realities of Holy Week and East … [Read more...]

A Call for Christians to Act Like They Are Christians

Do not say that it is naïve to think we can love everyone, even our enemies. It is not naïve; it is Christian.Do not say that it is politically naïve to be forgiving of those who hurt you. It is not naïve; it is Christian.Do not say that it is naïve to ensure everyone’s basic needs are met, even for the least of these. It is not naïve; it is Christian.I grow weary of Christians who on Sunday worship the Prince of Peace and the rest of the week align themselves with political persp … [Read more...]

Why Viewing the Cross Through Atonement Creates a God I Can’t Worship

This article is part of the new Head to Head debate feature at Patheos. This week, in concert with our Engaging Easter coverage, I'm debating Evangelical Channel's Mike Bird of "Euangelion". The question... … [Read more...]


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