Maybe it's just me, but it seems like we in the church have been hyper-focused on truth in recent years. We've created coalitions to defend it, erected alliances to define it, and publish a never ending stream of blogs that claim to proclaim nothing but absolute truth. The truth is, of course, a very important thing. And worthy of such endeavors. But I worry we've reduced Christianity to little...Read more
My friends, I know you have spent ceaseless hours in prayer waiting and hoping for this day to arrive. Well, it finally has. Your prayers have been answered. The trailer for Nicolas Cage's highly anticipatedRead more
for completely ironic reasons reboot of Left Behind is here!!
But real talk?
I'm kinda disappointed.
For 2 reasons.
First, it's a bit short. Look, I know I'm not a studio exec, but I've spent more of...
If my single friends are clear about anything, it's that there's nothing less awkward or intrusive or more welcome than people at their church trying to set them up with other people at their church. I hear it all the time, "Zack, I wish I was a competent enough human being to ask another human being out on a date, but I'm not and as everyone knows that's the reason I am single. I just wished...Read more
From time to time I like to highlight awesome and awful Jesus tattoos that I come across. Usually, it's one or the other....but mostly just the latter. Today, I bring you both. One with admittedly great artwork, though, in an interesting location. Another that's a little of both. And one more that's, well, I don't want to spoil the surprise. First up, the good stuff. Yes, the top of one's head is an interesting location...Read more
Christian Nightmares recently shared this rare clip of infamous cult leader Jim Jones preaching and performing "miracles" at his church, the People's Temple, in Los Angeles. Personally, I find this fascinating (and a bit terrifying). This is, after all, the guy who quite literally and tragically got his followers (or possibly forced them) to "drink the kool-aid." What I find so interesting in this clip is how disturbingly familiar it all is. Maybe it's just...Read more
(H/T)Now that I'm done with school, I've found myself flipping through Netflix, Hulu, and every other option I can find on Apple TV to catch up on shows I've missed. The other day I came across a PBS special called Prison State. It's a Frontline feature on what is, by most accounts, the deeply flawed...
The Christian faith can be a challenging and complex thing to understand. Doctrines like the Trinity and the incarnation can be incredibly difficult to comprehend, let alone articulate to potential new believers. But fear not. I am here to offer you the simple, straightforward answers to some of the most vexing questions of faith I know you have. Like, does Jesus own a computer? Of course he does. But as you'll...Read more
(H/T) If you've followed my blog for very long, then you know there are few things that Mark Driscoll and I agree about. I have unapologetically taken him to task for both the absurd and egregious things he all too often says and does. But since we both confess Jesus as Lord, I think it's only fair that I call attention to...
There are very few things that Pat Robertson and I agree on. As the years pass, and he seems to get crazier and crazier, we agree on even less. But, behold, one of the few things in which Pat & I are of one accord. As he puts it, "The truth is you have to be deaf, dumb, & blind to think this earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence," Amen,...Read more
Dear John, Ok, first off I know, "Dear John" letters are usually written between former lovers and we were never even friends. But, John, I tried. I really, really did. I've heard for so long that my frustrations with Calvinism were really due to your Neo-Calvinist followers giving you a bad name. That made sense to me. After all, I couldn't believe that some of the rephrensible and...Read more