June 3, 2018

Why I Don’t Care About What Roseanne Barr or Samantha Bee Said… “Rome is burning and, instead of throwing water on the actual fire we’re sitting in our homes angrily tweeting about people we don’t know (celebrities) regarding statements that weren’t even about us.” This past week we were inundated with online outrage geared towards Rosanne and then also Samantha Bee. Oddly enough, two women at two opposite ends of the political spectrum; one right after another… it was as… Read more

May 31, 2018

“I Love Jesus but not so much the church”? We’ve heard it said before: You can’t both love Jesus and not like the church. Admittedly, I even echoed similar sentiments using the analogy of one’s best friend marrying someone you don’t like; going on to say, because of this, the friendship probably wouldn’t work once they tied the knot. Obviously, there are holes in this analogy that I painfully and embarrassingly recognize today. For starters, comparing observable relationships to an… Read more

May 23, 2018

Rich Pastors in the Age of Hunger: Ever Wonder What Franklin Graham’s Salary Is…? Franklin Graham, son of the recently past Billy Graham, is a notable “Christian.” Billy was politically “bipartisan” while he was a registered voting democrat; while Franklin is extremely vocal in regard to where he stands politically – backing Trump, previously registered as a Republican (now independent). His father took evangelical Christianity from the margins of America and centered it to a core aspect of our culture…. Read more

May 21, 2018

5 Legitimate Reasons People No Longer Trust the Church I’ve said before that “the internet is killing Christianity”… I was wrong, it’s not. The church is killing Christianity. The Internet has just shown us we’re not alone in feeling as if this is not just intolerable but something most of us can no longer stomach. It’s no exaggeration in my saying that if Jesus was alive today evangelicals would be the ones crucifying him. But, mainly, I write this post… Read more

May 15, 2018

As if there aren’t already enough interpretations out there. While, at the same time, I know we have a very different demographic here on Patheos that might not be exposed to Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover). Dude is a “triple threat.” NYU graduate. A genius of sorts. I’ve been following his career since he first appeared on the hit television show “Community.” Since then he’s taken off as a musician, director, and creator of his own award-winning television show “Atlanta.” Granted, one… Read more

May 11, 2018

A Pedagogy of the Privileged Today, as I was walking to work I walked past a group of protestors making their way down Broad St. (here in Philadelphia). The leader in front shouted into her bullhorn “Give us our…” and the group would yell in unison, “Freedom!” Their signs spoke about the injustice of incarcerated mothers and it seemed as if the purpose and hope of this protest down Broad St. were to raise money in order to bail out… Read more

May 8, 2018

“The U.S. outpaces all other nations in military expenditures. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total[1].” What Would Happen if We Cut Our Militaries Budget in Half…? Currently, our military budget is 597 billion USD. Recently CNN has said that Trump “approved what his administration calls the largest military budget in US history, $700 billion.” We’ve heard the statistics and seen graphs like these comparing our budgeting to various other countries…… Read more

May 4, 2018

Written By Jonah Venegas “Understanding these ways in which we use metaphors and descriptors to think about God is necessary, because our own inner constructs of who God is affects everything else about the way we do faith, the way we live our lives, and the way we relate to other people, other people who are all also made in the image of God, the imago Dei.” There are quite a few different metaphors we use to conceptualize God these… Read more

May 2, 2018

What Exactly Was Jesus’ Relationship With Prostitutes…? “Christians need to decide if Jesus had genitals, and if so, whether he used them.” Have you ever wondered what kind of social life Jesus had…? I haven’t really thought about it too much because, well, when I hear “social life” I think of a life apart from your job. Jesus was a carpenter, apart from his carpentry, what we read about in the four canonical gospels, that is His “social life.” (i.e…. Read more

April 30, 2018

“Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord…” “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either… Read more

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