January 28, 2016

Matthew gets a lot of love for his inclusion of women into Jesus’ genealogy (Matt. 1:1–17), and rightly so. It’s a big thumb in the eye of a strongly patriarchal culture where women were chattel. With this in mind, however, I find the omission of a lot of Mary’s story surprising. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the… Read more

January 7, 2016

I committed to write my way through Matthew. But honestly, nothing dampens your enthusiasm like having to start with a genealogy. I’m not ashamed to say that I tend to scan them if I bother reading them at all. I mean, come on. I don’t even know the name of the people three generations back in my own family tree. Our culture doesn’t really care where we came from . . . or where we’re going. So despite the fact that I know that all Scripture… Read more

December 17, 2015

It’s crazy that I need to ask you this question, but for the sake of all involved, does everyone at your church know what to do if a shooter shows up? I know that there are a lot of opinions, on both sides of the gun issue, but your leadership needs to have this critical discussion. After the church shooting in South Carolina, I remember a pastor saying that if everyone were packing this wouldn’t have happened. And even though many combat… Read more

December 17, 2015

My furry friend Chuck who recently started a new blog, Hippie Heretic, invited other bloggers to blog through the gospel with him—and I immediately said I would. After a day passed, I began to think of millions of reasons why it was probably a bad idea. 1. Talking Scripture with Christians can a pain When it comes to talking about specific Scripture, Christians often speak rather than listen. I’m not even talking about their need to contradict or police your views…. Read more

August 17, 2015

I can’t believe this post needs to be written, but it does. Too many Christians seem to feel a freedom to treat atheists (or others with whom they disagree) with condescension. It’s couched in “truth in love” language, of course, but it only serves to reinforce negativity. So I’m going to reveal the age-old mystery on how to befriend an atheist (bonus: this advice will help build relationships with anyone): 1. Quit trying to save them If you’re thinking about befriending an atheist… Read more

August 6, 2015

If you blog because you want to build a platform based on your unique voice and perspective, I have some blogging advice for you: It’s time to start thinking about how the internet (particularly Google) deals with your content. What do you do when someone wants to republish your content on their site? Is it a good idea? Bad idea? A flattering offer It’s exciting when you start getting enough traction that organizations want to share your content. Keep in mind that generally… Read more

August 5, 2015

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” With this casual question, Cain shrugs off responsibility for the brother he’s killed (Gen. 4:8–9). He believed the answer to this rhetorical question was, “no” — the rest of the Scripture tries to convince us otherwise. It’s an important question for Christians in the West to consider because we talk like we side with Scripture, but make nonchalant decisions like Cain. The high cost of frugality Western culture exists at the end of the supply chain. For instance, 90 percent of… Read more

August 3, 2015

Writing Christian dating advice is quite the cottage industry. More than a few online personalities have built their entire platform on listicles like: Tips for Christian singles Men you should/shouldn’t date Girls Christian guys should avoid Differences between dating a boy and dating a lumbersexual hipster man As a writer, it’s the perfect niche market. You’ll never run out of Christian young people to advise, and you can just keep cramming the same opinions into reconfigured content. It’s like the Food Network’s crappiest show where a… Read more

July 30, 2015

A couple days ago the news of Cecil the lion’s murder hit social media like a bomb. For the last two days, my whole news feed has looked like a wildlife safari. The story made me so angry. Here’s a guy paying $50K to go to another country and bag himself some big game. He’d like to invoke the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt except he isn’t out in the wild tracking wild beast. His guides wait until nightfall and draw the… Read more

July 28, 2015

It’s with horror and fascination that I watch Donald Trump jockey to be the Republican candidate for president. It would be an humorous diversion if there weren’t so many people who seem supportive of the idea. It’s almost as if Mike Judge’s classic film Idiocracy was some sort of prophecy. On July 26, 2015, CNN posted the results of a political poll revealing quite a bit about the grass-roots support of the Donald Trump candidacy. There were no huge surprises, but in an article summing… Read more

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