N.T. Wright on the Death Penalty and American Christianity

This comes from a short article in the Washington Post “On Faith:” You can’t reconcile being pro-life on abortion and pro-death on the death penalty. Almost all the early Christian Fathers were opposed to the death penalty, even though it was of course standard practice across the ancient world. As far as they were concerned, [Read More...]

I Believe in the “Here and Now” But Live Like I Trust in Escapism

I’ve noticed a trend in my life.  When it comes to my worldview, the way I see reality, the way I see the Scriptures… I believe in a faith that focuses on God’s in-breaking future reality in the present. I believe in a Kingdom that each day can be realized “on earth as in heaven.”  [Read More...]

The “God” of the Gut – Animals, Faith, & Gluttony

Jesus fished with his disciples.  Jesus multiplied a few fish into enough to feed a village.  Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, fell into a trance in which God said: “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat” (Acts 10.13).  The New Testament stories about the present time, not only give permission to kill and eat animals, [Read More...]

The Natural Disaster of Empathy Overload

I once heard Pastor Shane Hipps (an expert on media technology and marketing) describe a consequence of globalized media.  He talked about how as humans, we are designed to empathize with one another which should inevitably lead to compassionate action.  So, when we see a natural disaster being covered on CNN, our hearts ache as [Read More...]


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