I Wish I Didn’t Have Faith

feature-faith crisis_520 Jesus once said "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet still believe." If I'm being really honest that's a blessing I would rather do without. Given the choice I would rather "see" than "believe." Simply put, I wish I didn't have faith. I don't mean I wish I didn't believe in God or the resurrection or anything like that. That's not what I mean at...
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Top 10 Things To Give Up For Lent 2013

Well, it's that time of year again. TIme to scramble to find something to give up for Lent because you forgot Lent started today until you opened up Facebook and saw everyone's posts about what they were giving up. Have no fear. I'm here to help. For the third year in a row, here is my Top 10 list of things to give up for Lent this year....  

10. Healthy Eating

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Does The Pope’s Resignation Matter? – A Protestant Perspective

img_pod_0904-pictureoftheday-Easter-celebration- When I woke up this morning I awoke, as so many others did, to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. I'm a big theology and church history guy, so I'm devouring every piece of news I can find about this event and can't wait for conclave to begin. And I'm not even Roman Catholic. Which got me to thinking about something. How many Protestant Christians think...
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Why Is ‘Song of Songs’ In The Bible?

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 10.45.24 AM Sex. It's not exactly a topic you associate with the Bible, at least not in a particularly positive sense. If the Bible does talk about sex, we assume, it's not in a very positive light. Often times that is true. There are many stories in the Bible that warn against all sorts of sexual vices. But then there's that funny book in...
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Let’s Talk About Predestination

The Parable of the Good Shepherd Separating the Sheep from the Goats If you would allow me, I'd like to try something a little different today. Instead of "pontificating" about a subject that's been rolling around in my head, I want to hear from you about something. I want to talk about election. Not presidential elections. Biblical election. You know, the election that determines who gets to go to...
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Would You Want This Guy As Your Pastor?

Matthew Paul Turner and Stuff Fundies Like both posted this video from First Baptist Church in Hammond, IN. The same church that was home to Jack Schaap who, before he was arrested for having sex with a teenager girl at his church, also spewed all kinds of bile from the pulpit. I'm not sure which bothers me more: pastors like this or the fact that they have congregations that continue to...
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Jesus Endorses Corona Beer?

The remnant of the beer case a man found on the street in Florida was in the shape of a fish. On the backside of that remnant of a case was a white blotch that looks vaguely like the outline of a famous mid-20th century portrait of Jesus. The fish was an early symbol of the Christian faith. Christians today often think of themselves as a "remnant" of God's people. Sure, nobody knows what he looked like, but the...
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My God Is Smaller Than Yours

jesus-wash-feet Greater than Superman. That's how many of us think about God. If you were to listen to many of the conversations going on in evangelical circles today, you would hear many of the same things about God's sovereignty repeated over and over again.. God has to be the biggest, strongest, greatest, most awesome being in the universe otherwise God can't be the God of the Christian faith. In...
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