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TWO TOXIC STREAMS 6.8.2015

By now, most are aware of the horrendous actions taken by a police officer in McKinney, Texas (if you are not aware you can click here and see the video). The video went viral and showed the sickening actions taken by this police officer. As a father I kept thinking, “What would I do, how would I feel, if that was my daughter?” Of course, commentary has freely flowed from all sides. In this, two toxic streams of thought surfaced once again. The first stream surfaced after Ferguson. It hung in the air when Eric Garner was murdered and during the riots in Baltimore. The…

WIN A FREE COPY OF CHANGING FAITH 6.2.2015

This Give Away Has Ended. Thanks to the many who entered, and congrats to our winners: Tammy Huckaby, Aaron Ruhling, Katie Keeler, Luke Jackson, Corey Markum and Katy Owens. You can still get a copy of Changing Faith here: Changing Faith: Questions, Doubts & Choices About an Unchanging God. 

THE ALTERNATIVE TO JUDGING OTHERS 6.1.2015

We are all familiar Jesus’ words, “Do not judge.” Perhaps our familiarity with it is due to the fact many of us insist on judging others. We are willing to entertain conversation about most anyone who makes a mistake or does something wrong, even when it has nothing to do with us. Something in us likes to see people pay for their misdeeds. So we attack. Our attacks come in the form of opinions, jokes, Facebook banter and conversations. We call names, label others, race to characterize and make sure others know our thoughts. It’s a kind of public punishment…

COME, LET US LAMENT TOGETHER 5.14.2015

The recent Pew Research study about the decline of Christianity has brought about much discussion within the Christian camp. What has saddened me is some of the discussion feels rather self-assured and, even more, rather pleased. Many Christians often presume to draw the boundaries of God’s goodness and grace to determine who is in and who is out. Without fail we place ourselves smack in the middle of the “in” group. As though we are the poster children of what it means to be Christian. We speak, or almost brag, about our assurance of salvation. This attitude lies just beneath…

LESS CHRISTIANITY, LESS PRIVILEGE 5.13.2015

Earlier this week the Pew Forum released an article titled, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” Central to their findings was the fact that the numbers of those who identify as Christians has dramatically declined. The response to the research has been a mixed bag of concern and a “no need to worry” approach. Implicit in the response of many Christians is a low-level nervousness. It’s not quite “a handwriting on the wall” moment – at least not right now – but for many the research felt a “doomsday-ish.” Ed Stetzer tried to explain why Evangelicals should not panic (see article here).…
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