God Still Wishes He Were Dead: A Scene-By-Scene Analysis of the God’s Not Dead 2 Trailer

I’ve been avidly consuming any and all speculation and analysis of the trailers for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and it struck me that we should do our own scene-by-scene analysis of the latest trailer to drop for another blockbuster sequel. I’m referring, of course, to the no-doubt highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s “God’s Not Dead.” [Read more…]

A Progressive Baptism on the Banks of the Chicago River

Recently, on an almost unreasonably beautiful November day, I baptized my daughter in the Chicago River. Certain elements of my extended family had been nagging me throughout my daughter’s first year on planet Earth to do so, despite my lack of a formal denomination, “In case anything happens.” [Read more…]

Jesus-Deniers Still Don’t Get It

Despite what New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman calls a “cottage industry” promoting the claim that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, the existence of a guy by that name in first century Palestine who was crucified by the Romans remains a matter of historical consensus among ancient historians and philologists. [Read more…]

Why I Pray

I pray. I pray a lot, my first words upon waking as my feet touch down on the gray wool carpet. If I forget, I lift them up again, in a do-over of gratitude. Thank you. Thank you, God. At 50, I take no day for granted. Then I stumble into the hushed temple of [Read More…]

Three Reasons Why We Don’t Pray the Sinner’s Prayer With Our Children

Praying the prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts with children is the seminal moment in evangelical families. It is believed to be the moment they are saved into securing eternity in heaven, and a commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives. It is a significant and momentous event, one worthy of [Read More…]

God or Country?

I live on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, I am a United States war veteran, and I am one of the people who contacted the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about the “God Bless Our Troops” sign situated here on base. [Read more…]

The Narrow-Mindedness of Anti-Muslim Christians

A couple of days ago we shared on our Facebook page this quote from Rev. John C. Dorhauer, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ: [Read more…]

A Gay Pastor Explains What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality

Unfundamentalist Christians founder John Shore recently shared a letter from a gay Christian who is struggling with his sexuality and faith. Among the many encouraging comments on that post was one from a gay pastor who beautifully explained his understanding of the Bible, Christianity, and sexuality. [Read more…]