Why I’m Still an Evangelical Christian: Beyond Babylonian Captivities to the Captured Heart

One of the most moving experiences I have had as a Christian was hearing Dr. John M. Perkins share his testimony of faith during his address at Reed College in 2001. If he had given an altar call that evening, this seminary professor would have gone forward. Like John Wesley before me, my heart was strangely warmed. I was a guest in the auditorium that night; I also felt like a strange guest to the kind of Christianity Perkins embodied. In… Read more

Genuine Christianity

It is not often that people sit down at dinner parties to share their concerns over the state of the church. After some small talk, the conversation quickly went there the other night. He was an older, thoughtful, kind-hearted man, who had been around the Christian block. There was no edge to his remarks, just a dull pain and longing in his heart. Now retired, he had been in the corporate world as an administrator. Among other things, he grieved… Read more

On Same-Sex Marriage: Beyond the Courtroom and Closet to the Table

A gay friend shared with me today how delighted he is in the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage; he spoke of how the ruling brought validation to same-sex couples he knows who have waited for years for equal rights. Yesterday a friend on the other side of the issue shared her consternation. Many people with social conservative convictions fear that they and their views will be consigned to the closet, just like gays and lesbians in the past… Read more

Overcome White Supremacy with Solidarity

The racist massacre in Charleston, South Carolina this past week highlights our need as a nation to overcome white supremacy with solidarity. African American Pastor David Greenidge of Tigard Covenant Church in Tigard, Oregon shared with me Saturday that the media has drawn significant attention to the horror of white supremacy and its victims in this tragedy, but more needs to be said about the need for solidarity in our communities across the nation. We will only be able to… Read more

Respect, not Ridicule of Muslims, Reflects Best on Christian and American Freedom

By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead Christians in America need to reflect on two recent issues pertaining to Christian citizenship in a multi-faith society. In early May, Pamela Geller, a New York blogger and anti-Muslim activist, sponsored a “Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Garland, Texas as a way of promoting free speech. In some segments of the Muslim world artistic depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are forbidden and considered blasphemous. In response to Geller’s cartoon… Read more

Will the Real “Dude” Please Stand Up?

By Paul Louis Metzger with musings from Christopher Erik The Big Lebowski (1998) starring Jeff Bridges is a cult classic. Like The Princess Bride (on which I wrote a blog post earlier this year), you can spend your whole day stringing lines together from the film to make conversation. Mind you, you need to be a little more mindful where you quote The Big Lebowski; after all, there are people out there like the Stranger (played by Sam Elliott) who… Read more

Memorial Day—Remember the Fallen

On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who died in active military service. Regardless of one’s view of war(s), it is important that we pay respects to those who have offered their own lives for others’ freedom. I, for one, live in relative comfort and ease, in part because of their sacrifice. I am reminded of their sacrifice not just on Memorial Day, but also on other days when I encounter veterans undergoing post-traumatic stress. A few have shared with me… Read more

Pentecost and Free Speech

  One of the striking features of Acts chapter 2 is that the Spirit’s descent at Pentecost led the people gathered from around the world to speak in different languages: When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of… Read more

The Ascension: Jesus Has Some Serious Hang Time.

I used to watch with amazement Michael Jordan’s hang time. It was almost as if he defied gravity, as he made his way to the basketball rim for one of his jaw dropping dunks or reverse layups as a basketball god. Jesus has some serious hang time. Jesus defies gravity in his ascension—sorry Air Jordan and Sir Isaac Newton. And yet, when the right time comes, he will return to earth, just like he ascended to heaven. According to Jesus,… Read more

Should Christians Fear “America’s Changing Religious Landscape”? It All Depends on How We Interpret and Respond to the Data.

The Pew Research Center recently released “America’s Changing Religious Landscape: Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” I have witnessed various responses and reactions to it. A few of the responses I have appreciated are “’Cause We Are Living in a Pluralist World…” and “What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Christian Decline In America: A Brief Reflection on the Pew Report.” Should Christians fear America’s changing religious landscape? Should we… Read more

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