September 5, 2020

(I wrote this at the height of the recent fires in Northern California) As I write this the landscape outside my window looks like some sort of dystopian hellscape of apocalyptic red and grey.  Ash is falling. Smoke is in our nostrils.  The sun is a blood orange orb floating in a sooty sky. One can easily glance at it due to the haze and smoke. And yet, I don’t want to as it looks like the all-seeing eye of... Read more

August 24, 2020

In my former life as an evangelical (really more a fundamentalist) I was always interested in the debate over eternal security and whether or not one could lose their salvation. Even at the age of 13 or so, I would read anything I could find regarding the Calvinist/Arminian debate. Yes, weird, I know (this may explain a lot about my childhood…). As an adult, and probably right before seminary, I became a fairly strident Calvinist. How, I wondered, was this not... Read more

August 14, 2020

In the following, what I present is an interpretation from a finite, limited perspective (obviously). Like all of us, I’m presenting a narrative—not a mathematical equation.  What any reader wants to make of it is up to them. This post is for people who believe there is more to existence, ontologically speaking, than just the physical/material. If you believe the physical/material is all that exists, great, but look elsewhere to opine or argue. This post is for Christians or those... Read more

August 8, 2020

In the following, what I present is an interpretation from a finite, limited perspective (obviously). Like all of us, I’m presenting a narrative—not a mathematical equation.  What any reader wants to make of it is up to them. This post is for people who believe there is more to existence, ontologically speaking, than just the physical/material. If you believe the physical/material is all that exists, great, but look elsewhere to opine or argue. This post is for Christians or those... Read more

July 15, 2020

Running through the theological framework of fundamentalism and evangelicalism, perhaps even the Protestant tradition, is the discernible need to dichotomize everything. Of course, it’s a feature of modernity.  Whether it’s works vs. grace, scripture vs. tradition, etc., it has to be either one or the other; see here for another example regarding the gospel and social justice. We see the same thing happening in this post. We see two mutual concepts being needlessly opposed or separated. I would counter that biblical... Read more

July 9, 2020

I’m suspicious. When I read or hear something put out by those most critical of the social justice movement, I often wonder if the true reasons for their opposition are more cultural than theological. There are obvious reasons I’m suspicious. The overwhelming number of voices critical of social justice are white, male, and evangelical/fundamentalist.  Here is a good example.  The great majority have rarely, if ever, had to deal with the same cultural, social, political and economic issues as their... Read more

June 22, 2020

Many voices from across the evangelical spectrum have all noted the same problem, which is that too many evangelicals in the pews are prone to believe and echo conspiracy theories.  See here, here, and here. However, while these critics, to their credit, note the problem—there doesn’t seem to be many theories as to why evangelicals do this, other than to agree it’s a problem. They point out the harm it does, but, again, not why the problem exists. Few seem... Read more

June 6, 2020

Clearly, Alisa Childers is. Obviously, I write on the Progressive Christianity platform created by Patheos. However, I’m not especially fond of or enamored with the label. Labels are boxes that too often hide more than they reveal. I would hazard to guess that many Christians feel the same way, whatever the label, whether “conservative,” “evangelical,” whatever.  All of us are more than the labels used to describe us. The only thing a label can do is offer a tendency, a... Read more

May 31, 2020

This is something (revised) I posted some time ago. However, given recent events, I thought it was pertinent once again. Unfortunately, the attitude expressed here by Dr. Iorg is too prevalent among evangelicals and other Christians when it comes to race and protest in this country. America’s two national blood stains, that like Abel’s blood still cry out to God, are the genocide of the native inhabitants of this land and the slavery of those brought from Africa. For too... Read more

May 20, 2020

When Christians read the Bible, what is it they want or hope to gain?  There are some peripheral things we obviously want. We want to gain a cursory (at least) knowledge of the history, language, culture, the people therein, and the over-arching story the Bible tells. These are basic desires most of us bring to our Bible reading. However, I don’t think this gets to what we really desire. I think what most of us genuinely want is to hear... Read more


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