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When Jesus sacrificed his life: a Memorial Day reflection

When Jesus sacrificed his life: a Memorial Day reflection

3 min read 1255 views

Memorial Day is a time when we remember those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms. But, as I reflect on those who have sacrificed for me, I can’t help but include Jesus. As I reflect on the life of Jesus I can’t help but recognize the war he was involved in. It was a war that feels all too ...

The Bible is NOT the Word of God (Part 3)

The Bible is NOT the Word of God (Part 3)

3 min read 1713 views

The Bible is NOT the Word of God, or is it? Sometimes I wonder if we really believe in the Holy Spirit. We certainly acknowledge the existence of the Holy Spirit in our creeds and confessions. We talk about the Holy Spirit in church and in theology classes. We even grant the Holy Spirit its own day – Pentecost Sunday. But ...

Why Progressive Christians should distance themselves from John Shelby Spong’s 12 Theses

Why Progressive Christians should distance themselves from John Shelby Spong’s 12 Theses

3 min read 1626 views

UPDATE (12/31/15): I would like to take a moment and thank those who provided me with "constructive" criticism related to the title of this article. I have changed the title to reflect the content of the article more accurately.    Although I dislike religious labels, if people ask, I refer to myself as a progressive Christian. When I use the word “progressive”, ...

THEY STILL SPEAK: The Prophets of Our Generation

THEY STILL SPEAK: The Prophets of Our Generation

5 min read 1510 views

I’m not into the whole “end times” theological debates. I figure when it happens, it will happen. My time is better served by ministering the gospel than calculating mysterious dates and parsing phrases that unlock secret codes. I’m also not what you would call “charismatic”. By that I mean I don’t speak in tongues or practice any of the “spirit-filled” gifts. ...

A Meditation: The Beauty of Being Holy

A Meditation: The Beauty of Being Holy

2 min read 896 views

I think many of us misunderstand the concept of holiness. Many of us think of holiness in terms of ethics; that is, we think holiness = perfection. In actuality, the call for us to “be holy” has nothing to do with our moral behavior per se. Instead, holiness means “to be set apart”. For example, in 1 Peter 1:16 we are ...

Sinners in the hands of an Angry God

Sinners in the hands of an Angry God

4 min read 912 views

I mourn for Paris. I mourn for the Church. Just as the recent attacks in Paris provoke a deep mourning for France and many around the world, so too do they provoke within me a deep mourning for the Church. It seems that in today’s age of political evangelical Christianity when there is a humanitarian crisis (especially if it involves terrorism) ...

Why many of us read the Bible incorrectly – even those who should know better

Why many of us read the Bible incorrectly – even those who should know better

0 min read 997 views

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. We have all heard someone say “I interpret the Bible literally”. What many people mean by this is that they read the Bible propositionally. However, reading some ...

Progressive Christianity: a guide for lost evangelicals

Progressive Christianity: a guide for lost evangelicals

8 min read 779 views

I recently read an article which caricatured “Millennials” as cultural capitulators with no theological/philosophical backbone. Certainly, this type of caricature is nothing new. Throughout my tenure within evangelicalism, I can remember a number of Christian expletives that were often used to delineate friend from foe. There are five that come to mind right away: liberal, new age, postmodern, emergent, and ...

The Dark Night Of The Soul

The Dark Night Of The Soul

2 min read 1444 views

I hesitated on posting this poem. However, I have decided to post it because depression is a real and serious condition. If you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts of harming yourself or others please contact the national suicide prevention line. They will connect you with a professional immediately. Call anytime 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ I. As dark ...

I Am The Sum Of My Parts

I Am The Sum Of My Parts

3 min read 697 views

For the past two years, I have dedicated an enormous amount of time dealing with cultural issues, in particular, the intersection of Christianity and homosexuality. I have come to realize that I could spend a lifetime simply responding and defending certain actions/behaviors. However, this has detracted away from providing a positive influence on the progression of Christianity. My passions exceed ...