April 1, 2017

As I approach the release of my third book—a coauthored venture with my best friend Mike Machuga—I cannot help but reflect on what a whirlwind of a journey this has all been thus far. Indeed, it has taken me on paths I never thought I’d walk, like a comfortable Hobbit just coming into his own in the Shire who is forced to flee in haste. And while I’m no Frodo Baggins, my endeavors over these past three years have forced… Read more

March 22, 2017

I recently saw Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with my six year old daughter. We loved it. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, all of them—fantastique! The story is fantastic too. In fact, you can read my review of the 1991 version here. But some Christians aren’t too happy about this film. And all because one of the characters may be gay . . . Oh, the humanity! Franklin Graham is one of these, and has even gone so far… Read more

March 17, 2017

Dear Religion, You entered my life at such an early age that I cannot recall. Your doctrines, your orthodoxies, your “correct beliefs,” forced upon me before I even knew how to think. And as such, you were always a given. Everything you said was a given in fact. No. Questions. Allowed. Every jot and tittle of how the world worked, crammed into my curious, impressionable mind. And you did this with glee, didn’t you? You were so certain of yourself,… Read more

February 6, 2017

Dear Family (Christians and otherwise), I’ll begin by saying that I love you. I truly do. All of you, even those who slander me and spread gossip, threatening me with the very fires of hell itself, are my brothers and sisters in Christ. For if not by the grace of the almighty God, the one Jesus called Abba, none of us would be here. So I write this to you as a member of the family we call humanity, and… Read more

January 10, 2017

Guest author: Charles Watson Sr. From the moment of birth, death is just over the horizon. It is much like the sun as it rises in the east- beautiful and bright. With it, comes anticipation and hope. Anticipation, for what is to come. Hope, for seemingly an endless array of possibilities. At midday comes satisfaction for all that has been accomplished and eagerness to complete what is yet undone. As dusk fades into evening, our anticipation and hope for what… Read more

January 3, 2017

Once a week, I meet up with my friend Michael to talk about some of the bigger ideas that seem to consume the great majority of my thoughts. Our bonfire chats generally last until 9 or 10 PM, just in time for me to catch some of the George Noory show on my way home. How can you not love a talk radio show devoted to aliens and conspiracies? The other night, however, 1290 AM wasn’t coming in too great,… Read more

December 14, 2016

There are a growing number of talented authors out there who are questioning the “traditional” Western notion of hell as eternal conscious torment (ECT). Charles Watson Sr. is one among these. In Hell in a Nutshell: The Mystery of His Will, Watson puts forth a very easy-to-digest book, while at the same time providing enough meat for any seasoned Christian thinker. The book begins by weeding through some terms perhaps most Evangelicals have heard, but have never taken the time… Read more

December 11, 2016

Hello there! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Matthew J. Distefano and I am an author and Christian theologian. I’m also happily married to a wonderful woman named Lyndsay, and have one daughter, Elyse. If you know me on Facebook, you are probably aware that I write a lot. And I do. I try to publish at least one article per week, in addition to constantly working on a manuscript (or two!). Furthermore, I post a lot of… Read more

December 4, 2016

“If all are saved, then why follow Jesus?” has to be one of my least favorite inquiries, and for a litany of reasons. But primarily, it is because this question seems to assume that if there is no eternal hell awaiting us should we fail to choose Jesus as “personal lord and savior” in this life, then Jesus is not worth following. As if our primary concern as Christians should be the afterlife, rather than ushering in the at-hand kingdom… Read more

November 22, 2016

Here we are, as a species, teetering on the edge of ruin. We’ve flattened Syria with our implements of death. We’re obliterating each other all throughout Africa, the Middle East, in Southeast Asia, and so very many other places. North Koreans are living in a dystopian society that looks akin to something George Orwell dreamt up. Women are oppressed far and wide. So too are folks who identify as LGBTQ. So too are racial and religious minorities. Stock markets are… Read more

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