Disarming Scripture: Cold Water to the Face of Our Biblical Rationalizing

Disarming-Scripture

The bottom line is that our interpretation of Scripture needs to coincide with actual reality. - Derek Flood I've recently been digging into Derek Flood's new book Disarming Scripture, and it is a desperately needed word in the raging public dialogue around Christianity and violence.Really, it's a splash of cold water to the face of our biblical rationalizing when it comes to violent and disturbing passages.The quote above appears in Chapter 6, and this chapter is perhaps the lynchpin … [Read more...]

Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

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I am a Christian.I love Christians.I have great hope for the Christian church.But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me. And that is the tendency among Christians to value the identity marker of "Christian" over basic truth and honesty.Oh sure, we've got the "truth." But that truth revolves around theological realities about how one secures salvation or lives the Christian life that must be defended and upheld no matter what, along with the institutions … [Read more...]

Something Better Than “Grace” For Ray Lewis (or, God Loves Soccer)

I've always been scared of Ray Lewis.Even before I knew anything about his alleged involvement in a double homicide, I was totally freaked out by the dude. The picture above explains why. The flexing. The maniacal yelling. The unbridled aggression. The grass-pulling. SO SCARY.Anyway, neither Ray's scary flexing/weeding nor the murder allegations are news right now - at least, not really. The news is 1) that Ray and his Ravens just won the Super Bowl in Lewis's final NFL season; and 2) … [Read more...]


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