August 1, 2019

My good friend Thomas Crisp is a professor of Philosophy at Biola University. We became friends because we share a similar passion for issues of justice and following Christ into community with the poor. Recently, Thomas wrote an influential philosophy paper entitled “Jesus and Affluence” which I was fortunate enough to read. After considering the arguments in this paper, I asked Thomas if he would agree to an interview where we could discuss the paper in a more conversational manner… Read more

July 30, 2019

Over the weekend, I spent some quality time with a few amazing people in Woodstock, GA at the “Unleashing the Word of God” event, hosted by The Jesus Purpose Community. Over dinner we shared more than a few conversations about faith, doubt and deconstruction. Eventually we meandered over to the topic of politics and that led to some observations about the person currently occupying the White House at the moment. Given the progressive nature of our event, the comments about… Read more

July 25, 2019

  Almost 2 years ago, I started a little podcast with two other guys – Jamal Jivanjee and Matthew Distefano – called “The Heretic Happy Hour” podcast. Honestly, at the time, we were just having fun sharing our different views on theology, ekklesiology and Christianity in general. We laughed. We cussed. We mocked conventions. We tipped over sacred cows and we did our best to question everything we knew about God, Jesus, the Bible and everything in between. Along the… Read more

July 23, 2019

One of the most important theological/Christological statements I’ve ever read comes from Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-American poet and Maronite Christian: “Once every hundred years Jesus of Nazareth meets Jesus of the Christian in a garden among the hills of Lebanon. And they talk long; and each time Jesus of Nazareth goes away saying to Jesus of the Christian, “My friend, I fear we shall never, never agree.” Taking the above as my inspiration I offer the following: Frequently throughout American… Read more

July 22, 2019

Jesus says, “This generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place” (Mark 13:30) This one specific verse in the Gospels that appears to record an example of a failed prophecy out of the mouth of Jesus. Even the great C.S. Lewis called it “…certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible” and conceded that it was unlikely a scribal error since surely such a mistake would have been corrected early on. Therefore, it’s most certain that… Read more

July 19, 2019

I am no stranger to disagreements. My friends on Facebook are very used to engaging in very long conversations online about differences in Theology, Doctrine and Philosophy. Even when others become agitated and even hurl personal insults at me in the process of dialog over such issues, I’ve always maintained a measure of grace for them, and often try to disarm the situation with humor and grace, whenever I can. Some people say I have too much grace and patience… Read more

July 18, 2019

In these turbulent times, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to be proud of America. The President is a racist. The Congress is powerless to accomplish anything other than vote for their own pay increase. Children are being held in cages, separated from their parents. The government turns a blind eye to the horrific murder – and dismemberment – of a journalist because to speak out might endanger billions of dollars in weapons sales to the nation responsible. As… Read more

July 15, 2019

Let me turn my attention, for a brief moment, to those who most often resonate with my words here on my blog, or in the books that I’ve written, or even on the podcast that I co-host. I understand, and very much appreciate, that you agree with me when I point out the hypocrisy of the Conservative Christian community I once belonged to. I am very grateful for the private messages of encouragement, and the supportive “Amen, brother!” comments on… Read more

July 10, 2019

One of my heroes in the faith is John Fischer. He’s a songwriter, author and writer on subversive, kingdom issues that I’ve been following for many years now. I first discovered John’s writing when I first subscribed to CCM Magazine about thirty years ago (I’ve long since stopped reading that magazine, btw). John used to write the Last Word column in the back of every issue. I always found it ironic and fascinating that his articles were published in the… Read more

July 9, 2019

I’ll admit, this is a concept that has taken me a long time to accept; the idea that Christ is in literally everyone – yes, even those who have not accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior. My objections weren’t anything novel. I pushed back by quoting verses from the Bible that seemed to support the concept that Christ was ONLY in those who were intentionally “Christian,” but then I started to notice that there were also plenty of verses… Read more

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