- Obama, Giuliani, and Oklahoma: Why We Hate Humility
Christians are outraged over Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast remarks; Rudy Giuliani claims Obama doesn’t love America; and Oklahoma attempts to ban AP U.S. History. All of these have the same problem at their core: Christians and conservatives are obsessed with our own rightness, and we hate humility.
- Why I Celebrate the Reformation
Like many, I mourn the continuing Protestant-Catholic divide. But unlike many who mourn with me, I do not regret the Reformation, nor do I see Protestants as the primary obstacle to renewed Christian unity. Here is why I celebrate the Reformation.
- I Don’t Mind If The Gospel Offends You
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive, and it’s not just because of who it scandalously includes. It’s because of what it means, what it demands of us, and yes, who it excludes, as well. And while I will strive never, in and of myself, to offend anyone and push them away from the Gospel, if the Gospel itself offends them—then so be it.
- Problems with the Statistic on Millennials Leaving Religion Over LGBT Issues
Results from a survey have been going around under the claim that 31% of millennials who have abandoned their childhood faith did so because of the way Christians have dealt with homosexuality. The problem is that the methodology and phrasing in the single question upon which all of this is based are too convoluted to allow us to draw any conclusions whatsoever.
- Why I’ll Never Say, “I don’t regret my mistakes, because they made me who I am today.”
Denying regret is a convenient way to sidestep our conscience, but to do so is to embrace sin, exalting it above God’s sovereign grace.
- Do You Believe That God Changes?
The idea of a God who changes misunderstands the timeless nature of God and completely undermines the very foundations upon which Christianity is built, rendering God unknowable and morality arbitrary at best, and undefinable and unnecessary at worst.
- How Can Murderers and Rapists Go to Heaven While Good People Go to Hell?
This question has two major problems: first, while it appears to be rooted in grace, it is actually strict legalism; and second, it completely misunderstands the nature of sin.
- What Is the Nature of Sin?
Sin is not about breaking an arbitrary list of rules. It is about rebellion against God and against the order of creation.
- Why the HIMYM Finale Was All Wrong
How I Met Your Mother‘s two-part finale went against everything the show has been about for nine years, teaching us instead that people can’t change, brokenness can’t be fixed, people are selfish, and friendship is for fair weather.
- More Thoughts on Prosperity and Blessing
The Old Testament contains multiple examples of material prosperity being identified as blessings from God, but Jesus seems to make clear that prosperity can be a burden that prevents us from following him. How do we reconcile that, and what does it mean?
- Why Does God Burden Us with Success and Prosperity?
If material prosperity is more of a burden than a blessing, then why does God burden us with prosperity? What does he expect us to do with it?
- When Short Term Missions Is Actually Christian Tourism
We need to completely rethink the value, purpose, and methods of short term missions trips.
- When Progressive Christians Talk About Evangelicals (or, Why Evangelicals Take These Moral Stands)
Progressive Christians’ willingness to throw Evangelicalism out with the bathwater reveals the very same problems in progressives that they decry in Evangelicals: they’re out of touch with the larger Evangelical community, and prefer to stereotype rather than listening and understanding.
- When Compassion Is Actually Condescension
Charity, compassion, and solidarity are important. But it is not compassionate to bemoan poverty as seen through our materialism-colored glasses.
- Why the World Vision Fiasco is Everybody’s Fault
Evangelicals got angry when World Vision decided to employ married gay Christians. Progressives got angry when pressure from Evangelicals forced World Vision to backtrack. Both missed the point.
- Studying the Bible: Word Study Don’ts
When Christians (both pastors and lay people) go back to the original languages—Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic—to try and understand Scripture better, they almost always do it wrong.
- Why Christians Should Stop Opposing Gay Marriage: The Linguistic Argument
An argument in favor of legalizing gay marriage that I’m guessing you’ve never heard before.
- How I Changed My Mind on Women in Ministry
I’m a “Bible-believing Christian,” and for years that seemed to mean that I couldn’t embrace women in ministry. A proper understanding of context, and a more complete view of Scripture, changed my mind.
- Success and Prosperity are Burdens, Not Blessings
We think of worldly success and material prosperity as blessings from God. They are not.
- Why Christians Should Stop Opposing Gay Marriage: The Consistency Argument
We don’t want to legislate the morality of issues like divorce, marital unfaithfulness, masturbation, and lust. Consistency demands we not try and legislate the morality of gay marriage.
- Is God Really All That Angry in the Old Testament? (or, Why You Need to Study the Old Testament More)
The question isn’t whether or not God is angry in the Old Testament. It’s why he seems angry to us when we think about the Old Testament.
- Why Christians Should Stop Opposing Gay Marriage: The Golden Rule Argument (a.k.a. The Pluralist Society Argument)
Jesus instructs us to treat others as we would want to be treated—and we sure as heck wouldn’t appreciate it if Muslims, Mormons, Buddhists, Hindus, or any other religious group forced us to live by their moral code.
- Why Christians Should Stop Opposing Gay Marriage: The Free Will Argument
Because free will is a principle fundamental to Christian theology, it doesn’t matter if Christians think gay marriage is a sin or not. It should still be legal.