Month: September 2016

Yo, America: Maine Already Tried The Whole Trump Thing. It Didn’t Work.

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmailSo listen, America. We, the people of Maine, have some wisdom to share with you. I’m sure some of you are unaware that we even exist– we basically live in Canada even though we’re technically one of the 50 states. We live quiet lives up here, and most of us tend to like it that …

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America Isn’t Growing Hostile Towards Christians, It’s Growing Hostile Towards Religious Bullies.

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail It seems like not more than a day or two goes by without hearing it from somewhere: America is growing hostile towards Christians. A growing number of Christians– a shocking amount, actually– are convinced that America’s glory days are over and that Christians are now a marginalized group on the verge of having all …

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Driven To Suicide: When Violence Doesn’t Feel So Violent

106 SharesShare106TweetPinShare+1RedditEmail One of the most frequent and consistent topics I have taught on over the years is the topic of nonviolence. I am firmly of the belief that following Jesus requires a commitment to living a life of nonviolent enemy love– something Jesus claimed was the ultimate evidence that one is a child of God. …

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How Christian Fundamentalism Is Making A Concerning Comeback In America

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail American culture is currently experiencing what some, and now I, am calling New Wave Fundamentalism. The original fundamentalists stem from the early 20th Century, and was rooted largely in fear– fear over this new concept of evolution, fear that culture was growing too liberal, fear that the nation was drifting from God, and fear that it …

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Would A Righteous God Torment People In Hell For Eternity?

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail After leaving Christian fundamentalism, I shed off a lot of previously held beliefs– some of them were beliefs quite central to my faith. One of those core beliefs I ended up letting go of was a belief in the traditional version of hell that exists in much of modern Christianity. I have written a …

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Keeping Drugs Illegal Just Makes It All Worse– It’s Time To Think Differently

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail The other day I publicly stated that I support the efforts across the country to decriminalize marijuana. Reception was predictably mixed, though I appreciate the fact that more and more Christians are at least willing to have a reasonable discussion on this topic. I would like to continue this discussion in a few more …

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Reminding Teachers & Parents: Kids Can’t Be Forced To Participate In The Pledge Of Allegiance

4K SharesShare4KTweetPinShare+1RedditEmailSchool is back in session, and this year, talk about participating in our national liturgies such as the National Anthem or the Pledge is generating far more attention than in previous years. For whatever one thinks if Colin Kaepernick, he has certainly provoked a national discussion that was long over due. I have already articulated that I …

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Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level “drug” on …

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Would An Eternity In Hell Even Be Fair? (The Problem of Proportionality)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail So, you’re a sinner. Just one sin lands you in that category. No matter how small or large of a transgression, that one, smallest sin, comes with it the penalty of an eternity of torment in hell. One lie. One act of theft. One impure thought. Just one sin earns eternal torment. Or, so that’s what …

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Yes, God Changes His Mind (Because Love Is Always Adapting)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability– God is the same yesterday as God is today or as God will be tomorrow. Unfortunately, this attribute of God has been historically misunderstood, …

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