Still Crusading

Still Crusading

Between the years of 500 ᴄᴇ and 1250 ᴄᴇ, Christianity transitioned from being the state religion of the Roman Empire to being the assumed religion of the entire Western world. The power of the Church came to transcend government and culture to become the strongest tie...
Losing Christ Within the Empire

Losing Christ Within the Empire

This past Saturday, Pastor Robert Jeffress led his church, First Baptist Church of Dallas, in a service at the Kennedy Center. The service, which they called a “Celebrate Freedom Rally,” was a thinly-veiled Trump rally that celebrated Donald Trump as God’s anointed...
Questions About the Masculine God

Questions About the Masculine God

One of my favorite classes in college was an intro-level course on rhetorical criticism. When I enrolled in it, I had no idea what the class was – I just knew that it was required for my degree – but by the end of the class, I had been deeply changed. The...
God’s Chosen: Wrestling with God and Humanity

God’s Chosen: Wrestling with God and Humanity

Certain theological questions transcend time, maintaining their relevance across cultures and eras. Among those is the question of adequacy: Why does God choose me? As Christians, we often do not feel worthy of God’s call – the reality of our human failings seem...
Scripture to Me

Scripture to Me

Before As the sun rises each morning, so do I. Rays of the sun touch my face and open my eyes, and with the day’s sight my mind awakens. I lift the covers from my sleep and place my feet on the floor, no longer startled by the wooden, cold welcome. I have learned to...
An Evangelical Crossroads

An Evangelical Crossroads

Last week Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States of America. He rode to victory back in November on the backs of the 81% of white evangelicals voters who picked him to be our next president. While I understand that not all evangelicals...
Death and Life Before Christ

Death and Life Before Christ

One of the things I most value about this site is how it can be a platform for thoughtful dialogue between people with differing views. Last week, Justin shared his concern that Christianity necessarily means that those who lived before Christ are eternally damned....
Emerging into a Community of Believers

Emerging into a Community of Believers

I was in seventh grade and my family was leaving church one Sunday after the morning service. The guest preacher stood at the exit, shaking each person’s hand as they walked out of the church. I tried to sneak past without shaking his hand – I was an introvert...
Skittles and Sheep

Skittles and Sheep

If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem. This was the message of a tweet posted by Donald Trump Jr. yesterday. He added a comment, saying, “Let’s end the politically correct...

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