Guys, Gideon was a Coward

Guys, Gideon was a Coward

Several years ago, I was charged with the task of heading up and ensuring the smooth operation of a week of Vacation Bible School. For whatever reason, the person normally responsible for such nonsense (the smooth operating part) was not going to be able to do it that...
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...
The Gospel According to the Scriptures

The Gospel According to the Scriptures

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul outlines his definition of the Gospel for the believers in Corinth. He reminds them “of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved.” This gospel, according to Paul, is “that Christ...
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...
Freedom from Legalism

Freedom from Legalism

As 2016 turned into 2017, there were several blog posts floating around the internet that introduced the concept of picking a “word for the year.” As the “My One Word” website explains, you are to “Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in...
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...
Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

“Listen:” Kurt Vonnegut writes in Timequake, “We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.” Okay, so I have done my share of farting around–more farting around than I’d care to admit–and still I wake most mornings with guts...

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