Just Jesus and Unjust July 4th – Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day (Annual Unpopular Post)

photo © 2009 Alessandro Valli | more info (via: Wylio) Guys can be stupid.  Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially.  Such was the case every 4th of July during High school.  A group of about 20 guys would get together to BBQ and play with illegal fireworks.  At any unsuspected [Read More…]

An Anglican and a Charismatic walk into a bar… ("Friendly Friday" – Ryan VanderHelm)

  Big thanks to Ryan VanderHelm, who after connecting on Facebook, we figured out we lived in the same town!  A radical for Jesus and a brotha in the Lord.  Here are his thoughts… _________ Among Christian churches, you would be hard pressed to find two as different as the Anglican church and Charismatic church. [Read More…]

N.T. Wright on His (Future) Deathbed… Thoughts for His Children on Jesus

  Beautifully said! Thoughts? [Read more…]

You Might Be an Evangelical Reject If… (Rejects – Readers’ Edition)

Over the past two weeks this post has gotten so much attention that I had to share with you some of my favorite responses. Here is what you said to answer this sentence: You might be an Evangelical reject if… …if you hear the word “Patriotism” and you think “idolatry.” (Dan Martin) …you listen to [Read More…]

I’m Quitting Facebook to Join Faithbook Because My WWJD Bracelet Told Me To

The end of the age has come.  No, not the rapture, but the end of Facebook.  There I said it… finished.  As of today, I am shutting down all Facebook communication. “Why?” you ask.  I’ll gladly answer. I’m convinced that the God revealed in Jesus desires that Christians avoid becoming convoluted by the world.  We [Read More…]

Exploding a "Love-mine" Amidst Oppression In Burma (Rachel Ryon)

  As I sat in the bed of the mud-splattered truck driven by a Burmese man who called himself “James Bond,” I made the last part of the journey to a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border with a very palpable nervous anticipation. This was a last-minute, only semi-planned trip – and I quickly realized [Read More…]

When Sucking at Spiritual Habits Sucks the Life Outta Ya

photo © 2010 FotoKatolik | more info (via: Wylio) ENFP.  My personality profile.  Among other things, for those who are familiar with the Meyers-Briggs Personality Assessment, you recognize these letters as indicating an unstructured personality.  So when it comes to incorporating spiritual disciplines into my life, I’ve gone through several phases.  I find that they [Read More…]

An Evangelical Reject Who Refuses to Reject Evangelicals

Last week I posted an article called “You Might Be an Evangelical Reject If…”  Many of you read with laughs, perhaps at the picture I created in PowerPoint (as I know zilch about graphic design) or at the clearly tongue-in-cheek nature of the article as a whole.  Yet some folks resonated on a deeper level.  [Read More…]

PPI – Does the Church Mis-sell Personal Assurance? (Friendly Friday: Al Molineaux)

A recent ruling by the High Court in Britain condemned UK banks for mis-selling Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) when offering mortgages for individuals to buy property. The court took the view that customers had agreed to take on the extra cost involved because they believed that they might not be granted the loans if they [Read More…]

Getting Into Heaven BEFORE You Die (Dallas Willard)

Dallas Willard is a stud.  Every time I have heard him speak, I want to hear more.  His vision for the kingdom of God and for the transformation of the people of God is awe inspiring. In the following video, Dallas is interviewed by John Ortberg.  They discuss what Dallas believes to be the biggest [Read More…]

Internet Integrity Matters: Web 2.0, Accountability, & Congressman Weiner

photo © 2008 Courtney | more info (via: Wylio) Integrity.  It’s a word that word in the church that is the outflow of a life defined by Jesus Christ.  He is the one whose own integrity we aim to imitate.  In so many ways, we often fall short. Integrity.  It’s also a word that Christian [Read More…]

You Might Be An Evangelical Reject If…

I wish it were otherwise, but, unfortunately it’s true.  Everything within me resisted this realization.  But, the time has come to admit it: I’m an Evangelical reject. The more I write the clearer this sad truth becomes.  This blog, as much as it’s served as a place to flesh out ideas I believe to be [Read More…]

Entertaining Angels BONO Unaware

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13.2 I love this verse.  If you grew up in youth group like I did, you may have heard it used to talk about encountering angels that were in disguise.  The logic was: You never know… [Read More…]

The Body and The Blood: Symbols, Art, & Mystery ("Friendly Friday:"Carl Laamanen)

photo © 2006 evan courtney | more info (via: Wylio) “They are the most wonderful mystery, body and blood.”- Gilead, Marilynne Robinson I remember the first time I took Communion at the Anglican church that I now attend. It was a revelation to me. It was a grave, joyful matter, and as I swallowed my [Read More…]

Which Jesus? (Quote to Ponder: Rob Bell from Love Wins)

I finally finished reading Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.”  I plan to write several posts on this book, but today I want to ask a question that Rob raises, which in my opinion is quite important when discussing issues surrounding evangelism.  [Read More…]

Dear Reader: Dealing With The Uninspired Self (Days When I Feel "Blah")

Dear Reader… Do you ever have days when you just feel “blah?”  Nothing motivates you to go change the world.  To do the things that you love, seem laborious.  To do the things that you hate, feels worse than they usually would. For me, the things I love include reading, studying, and writing.  The things [Read More…]

What Makes N.T. Wright Angry?

Would love your thoughts on this video from the Work of the People:   What makes you angry? If you could rant on the frustrations you have, what would they be??? [Read more…]

The Biblical Narrative and Immigration Reform

photo © 2010 Fibonacci Blue | more info (via: Wylio)   In America, Christian attitudes towards issues involving politics could not be more polarized.  On one end of the spectrum is the paradigm of the religious right.  They believe in small government, except when it comes to national security / foreign policy issues.  On the [Read More…]

The Death of Death and a Culture That Likes Dying

photo © 2010 US Army Africa | more info (via: Wylio) Death.  I hate the word. Death is a demonic power in the cosmos that holds all things subject to its lordship.  Its dominion is inescapable.  Many say death is a part of life or death begins at birth.  Others remind us of the totality [Read More…]