June 8, 2018

When talking about my past relationship with Christianity, I talk a lot about shame. When I think back over the thirty-odd years I lived as a Christian, as far back into my childhood as I can remember, what stands out most to me is the guilt and shame I carried for all my sins, past, present, and future. I’m often told I had a wrong understanding of my faith if shame is what I endured more than anything. Christians tell… Read more

June 6, 2018

I see a quote from C.S. Lewis circulated quite a bit, and I’d like to give my response to the argument it presents. Perhaps when I am done explaining what’s wrong with it, you will start to see why Lewis admitted later in life that: Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a… Read more

June 4, 2018

This week during season two of The Trump Show in an episode entitled “How Far Will They Go?” we learned that as far back as January of this year President Trump’s legal defense team, comprised mostly of lawyers who have since abandoned his defense, wrote a 20 page memo to Special Counsel Robert Mueller arguing that the president cannot possibly obstruct the justice system because ultimately he himself IS the justice system. “It remains our position that the President’s actions here, by… Read more

May 30, 2018

“Where will you be when reality strikes?” Once upon a time, my “Papaw and Mamaw” took me to their Assembly of God church’s production of Heaven’s Gates Hell’s Flames©. This is a play that Reality Outreach Ministries designed to produce in churches of various denominations all over the world using the members of the local congregations as the actors telling the stories of various people in their last moments of life and their subsequent first moments of eternity. Will they end up at… Read more

May 22, 2018

I remember hearing once as a child – in a sermon or a Sunday school lesson or maybe a home group Bible study – that self-esteem should never be a focus in raising children. Focusing on a child’s self-esteem would teach them to look inside themselves for worth instead of looking to the Lord for their worth. Teach children to find their significance in Jesus, they said, and we will develop a far greater sense of value than any “self-esteem”… Read more

May 16, 2018

During the school year, for my day job I teach high school Algebra. Then I write in my “spare time” when I probably should be doing something else to help pay the bills (have you ever seen what teachers in Mississippi make?). Aside from a full itinerary of Daddy duties and a week in the woods volunteering as a cabin counselor at Camp Quest (find out more about that here), I try to use any free time I get during… Read more

May 13, 2018

Not too long ago I restated my critique of the standard Christian teaching that, while it would take an eternity of suffering for me to pay the price of just my individual lifetime of sins (most of which appear to be “thought crimes”), Jesus paid for the sins of billions of people’s lifetimes over the span of a single Friday. I’m not sure how the math works out on that, but part of the fun of religion is that things… Read more

May 9, 2018

Dear Owen, This past weekend you filled the pulpit at my family’s church, and I thought you did a commendable job of delivering your message. You were as articulate in your presentation as you were well-versed in the perspective you chose to express. Your message was also timely as it indirectly spoke to a crisis currently threatening the integrity of the Southern Baptist Convention, of which my family’s church is a noteworthy part. The question at hand is: What are… Read more

May 2, 2018

Stop me if you know this one. I am a C! I am a C-H! I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N! And I have C-H-R-I-S-T in my H-E-A-R-T And I will L-I-V-E-E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y! (repeat ad nauseum as 10 year-olds are wont to do . . . ) This is the chant that spontaneously broke out among several members of the robotics club at my eldest son’s school a few weeks ago. I’m a parent volunteer/coach with the club and we meet for about… Read more

April 27, 2018

Defenders of the Christian faith spend a considerable amount of time trying to prove that something happened thousands of years ago. But that really shouldn’t be necessary because, if the claims of Christianity were true, the present day evidence for it should be all over the place. Let’s take a few minutes and review the things we are led to expect by reading the words of Jesus himself on the matter. I’m sticking primarily with Jesus because if I turn… Read more

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