August 8, 2018

The Broccoli Tree: A Parable The other day, I hopped onto Snapchat for the first time in months… Opened Snapchat 4 the 1st time in months; skimmed thru their news feed which immediately threw a vid of XXXTentacions murder in my face, then shifted to Barstool who just made fun of Bron’s squats &, I closed out after being informed some dog died. No wonder we’re all depressed. — andy gill (@itsandygill) July 12, 2018 It’s as if we’ve collectively,… Read more

August 5, 2018

 What “Using the Lord’s Name in Vain” Actually Means… “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” – Exodus 20:7(KJV). Decades of Sunday school classes, going to bible college, Seminary, Christian conferences, years of pastoring, and, I could never understand why using the Lord’s name in vain was wrong… Growing up, how many of us can recall a time of being… Read more

July 31, 2018

  I’ve asked this before but, I’ll ask it again: Why is it that Deborah can lead an army but in, God only knows how many, modern day churches a woman can’t lead a bible study? I’m working on getting better at healthy dialogue which includes learning how to be okay with disagreement regarding heated “issues.” So, I write this with the knowledge that I’m not going to change anyone’s opinion overnight; I write this with the hope and intention… Read more

July 29, 2018

Was Trump’s 2016 Election Rigged? “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV) What election hasn’t been rigged? There is voter suppression, discriminatory ID laws, confusing “butterfly ballots”… again, I ask, when has the election not been rigged? When someone finds a point in time our election hasn’t been rigged I’m sure someone else will show them a time they’ve been duped…. Read more

July 26, 2018

The Most Post-Christian Cities in the U.S.   Ever wonder what the most post-Christian cities are in the U.S.? Neither have I, but, admittedly I did find it interesting to see where my current city of residence (Philadelphia) ranked on the list. I’ve said it so many times before that I’m beginning to role my eyes in response to myself when mentioning the decline of church attendance, religious affiliation, belief in God, prayer and Bible-reading… Yeah, it’s a thing that’s… Read more

July 24, 2018

  Where Identity Politics Fall Apart… “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.” – Nietzsche Hypothetically speaking, what if your enemies weren’t really your enemies? What if “those people” tweeting “#AllLivesMatter” were not trying to negate the fact that #BlackLivesMatter? What if their struggle had more similarities to your struggle than we’ve been lead to believe? Many of you probably saw the Trevor Noah bit on identity… (if you haven’t, then you can watch it… Read more

July 16, 2018

What is Cheap Grace?  There’s so many different forms of grace: Hyper-grace, free grace, costly grace, and then there’s what we’re discussing here today, cheap grace or, cheapened grace. What is Cheap Grace? Cheapened grace, similar to cheapening or watering down the gospel is what happens when we water down the message of Christs to make it a bit more “palatable.” This term is usually attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer as many recognize it from his influential book, The Cost of Discipleship…. Read more

July 12, 2018

Was Jesus a Magician or a Miracle-Worker?  Outside of multiple-choice testing, whenever somebody presents me with a limited set of options I’m typically inclined to internally wonder, “What options are not being presented and, why?” This was my first thought when learning about C.S. Lewis’ infamous trilemma… it was this discussion regarding the topic of whether or not Jesus was actually God (I write more about that here); although, many scholars contest this argument suggesting that Jesus never even said… Read more

July 11, 2018

Research Suggests Inclusivity is Actually Hurting the Church “But here’s the punchline: The strategies that Eaton, Evans, and BuzzFeed insist will bring millennials flocking back to church are consistently destroying congregations and denominations that implement them[5].” You see, mixing politics with your church, these days is like pouring orange juice into your cereal…You don’t even want to taste it because you already just know [instinctually] it’s not going to be good; similarly, mixing politics with religion is a sure fire… Read more

July 3, 2018

The Year of Redefining the Fourth of July Whenever I see a truck driving around with an American flag stamped on its bumper or waving as they zoom by I just feel a bit disgusted. It never feels encouraging or uplifting. It feels a bit authoritarian… it’s not saying “united we stand” so much as it’s saying, “in your face!” Because, freedom? But also, I’m not anti-America. I don’t not like living here. One of the more moderate sides of… Read more

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