January 28, 2019

  *NOTE: I share this guest post from my friend Eric Johnson as a former Republican who has since abandoned all faith in politics and politicians. Both Democrats and Republicans use these same tactics to manipulate their base. This is not an attack on Republicans. It’s a wake up call for American Christians to abandon politics and pledge allegiance to the Lamb. * Let’s look at the role of Republicans in the History of abortion, shall we? Planned Parenthood started… Read more

January 25, 2019

  Professor Lee Ross has done a lot of work in conflict resolution, promoting dialog between various groups in places like Northern Ireland and in the Middle East where he worked with both Palestinians and Israelis. Here’s what he noticed about those who stand on either side of an argument: “People on both sides are always interested in meeting with those from the other side,” he says. “But why do they want to meet? Because they want to explain to… Read more

January 24, 2019

  One of the things I love most about the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast [which I co-host with two other authors] is that every episode we get to model what it looks like for Christians who disagree to actually listen to, respect and genuinely love one another – even when we disagree on some very fundamental doctrines and ideas. For example, one of my co-hosts, Jamal Jivanjee, believes that Christ is in everyone, that Jesus never talked about himself, and… Read more

January 23, 2019

  “And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28) “Now let the fear of the Lord be on you.” (2 Chronicles 19:7) All throughout the Old Testament scriptures, we see this idea of the Fear of the Lord invoked as a metaphor for observing the Lord’s commands, or observing the Law. It’s important for us to understand that the idea was not so much about literally having a sense of terror concerning the idea of… Read more

January 19, 2019

The Christian idea of the Atonement is quite often a collection of mixed metaphors. We sometimes talk about being redeemed from our sins, or say that Christ paid our debt on the cross. But sometimes we also say that God has forgiven our sins and erased our debts. So, which is it? As my friend Chuck McKnight points out, forgiving a debt is not the same thing as paying ransom. Either you pay someone what you owe them, or they… Read more

January 17, 2019

  There’s an old joke that goes like this:   One fish says to another fish, “How’s the water?” and the other fish says, “What the hell is water?”   The point is that, to the fish, “water” isn’t a thing. It’s just the world it was born into. So, it doesn’t know what being wet is, or understand the difference between air and water either.   Here’s another analogy: We are all in God. God is inescapable. God is… Read more

January 16, 2019

According to Barna Research, over half of American Christians have never heard of the Great Commission, and over 37% of those polled couldn’t identify the Great Commission out of a list of various Bible verses. Just in case you’re in that lower 50%, the Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:18-20 and it’s where Jesus says:   “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations…and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” So, why… Read more

January 12, 2019

I’ve discovered something that surprised me recently. It turns out that, for most Christians, the hardest thing isn’t loving their enemies or serving the poor, it’s obeying Jesus’ command to love their own brothers and sisters in Christ.  * Over the last few weeks I’ve witnessed this phenomenon first hand, and it really disappoints me. What I mean is that when another Christian hurts our feelings, or even just disagrees with us about something, most find it easier to just… Read more

January 10, 2019

  I was talking with a friend the other day, over Skype, about all the different beliefs I’ve since shed over the years. He remarked to me that his transformation and deconstruction out of religion and into an actual relationship with Christ had created an incredible feeling of freedom, like a giant weight or burden had been lifted from his chest. I had to agree. But, then I started to wonder about why this is the case. Why do we… Read more

January 6, 2019

  Love isn’t a concept. It’s not a feeling. According to the Bible, love is a person, and that person is God. In the first epistle of John we read:   “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-9)   “God is love, and the one who abides (lives) in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:15-17)   As I was reading through the first epistle of… Read more

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