Dear Dispensationalist God

Before you decide whether or not to include me in the rapture, please read the following. [Read more…]

The Punctuation Mark That Might Change How You Read Romans

One of our all-time most viewed posts on the UC blog is Don Burrows’ “Romans 1:26-27: A Clobber Passage That Should Lose Its Wallop.” Drawing upon the work of Calvin Porter, Burrows argues that Romans 1:18-32 is best understood as “boilerplate, Hellenistic Jewish material that attacks the Gentiles.” [Read more…]

Teaching Children About Hell

As I grew in cognitive and spiritual development, I learned there was more to the Christian life than an escape from hell, but once you begin a relationship with God based on fear it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God to be able to receive the heart of the gospel of grace. [Read more…]

Why I Have Compassion for Defiant Court Clerk Kim Davis  

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses, has been all over the news and internet this past week. Last Thursday U.S. District Judge Bunning sent her to jail. The couples who originally sued in the case asked Bunning to fine her but not jail her. Bunning said that sending her to prison was his only alternative because he did not believe she would comply with his order if she were fined. [Read more…]

5 Ways You Can Help the Syrian Crisis

Although the Syrian conflict has been going on for almost five years, it’s taken graphic images of dead children washing up on Turkish beaches for the world to really pay attention. The photos are disturbing, but it’s also disturbing that so many of us have largely ignored the Syrian crisis until we were confronted by heartbreaking images of suffering and death. [Read more…]

Why I Support Kim Davis

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses because doing so would violate her religious beliefs. While I vehemently disagree with Davis’ beliefs about same-sex marriage, I wholeheartedly support her for taking a stand for what she thinks is moral, and I admire her willingness to maintain her convictions in the face of enormous pressure. It’s an example that many of us would do well to heed. [Read more…]

The Paradox of Fundamentalism

A brilliant breakdown of the fundamentalist mindset. [Read more…]

Clobbering the Confusion About 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The debate about 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is confusing, and there simply isn’t one decisive answer that resolves all the difficulties in this passage. [Read more…]