(H/T)My first semester at Yale I took a class called "History of Christian Theology to 451." It was a class in patristics, or the theology of the early church fathers (and mothers). Like so many others, I have always been one of those people (by which I mean most people) who claim to love the early church...
last Friday a judge finally ruled that despite the baker's claim of First Amendment protection, he did, in fact, have to serve...Read more
So, I'm genuinely curious what you think about this. Yesterday, the associate pastor of Solid Rock Church in Ohio, Lawrence Bishop, "tamed" a wild horse in the middle of the sanctuary during his sermon to teach an object lesson about overcoming obstacles. I...Read more
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how blown away I have been by the response to Pope Francis, particularly by those who have no faith and those who are typically hostile towards religion. I pointed out that the comment sections of the articles and blogs about Pope Francis, which typically are filled with vile, hateful words, were instead overflowing with support....Read more
Oh, Third Eagle of the Apocalypse, how I've missed you. It's been a while since I've shared the genius of William Tapley and his prophetic insights into important subjects like the phallic evil of the Denver International Airport or how Gangnam Style and Call Me Maybe were really warnings about the antichrist. Well, Tapley is back (with some bling!!) to let us know that the knockout games which are supposedly are sweeping the...Read more
Ok, so this may be more for the kid at heart than your actual kids, but if you love the Bible (or are just aware of its existence) and you've got a sense of humor, then this may be the perfect Christmas present for you or for one of your friends...to give you. It's called the Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children's Bible - Vol. 1 Read more
(image courtesy of Shannan Martin) All hell broke loose when we adopted a 19-year old convicted felon and welcomed him into our home. The problem wasn't him, or at least he wasn't the biggest problem. The problem wasn't us, or at least we weren't the biggest problem. The poker-hot problem was the voice of other Christians in our ear. A few understood, but most didn't. A few dared to...Read more
(H/T)I hit a turning point in my life when I stopped being a religious fundamentalist. When I say “religious fundamentalist” I’m not talking about the Westboro Baptist Church kind of fundamentalists, those people are whacked. I wanted to be more like the Duggar family (which some would argue are pretty whacked too). I learned about this guy named Jesus when I was...
(H/T) I will never forget the shock and confusion in my wife’s voice when I told her that I believed in evolution. I wasn’t ready to come out of the closet quite yet, but secret conversations about my belief in evolution were on the verge of being exposed and I knew I had to confess before she found out from someone else. I could tell implications...Read more
H/T) When I was a child growing up in Pentecostal churches the phrase "turn or burn" meant mouthing a panicked sinner's prayer or burning eternally in the Monster God's hellfire. Today as my heart breaks again for my friend, Jerry, that phrase unexpectedly returned to my mind. Less than a month ago Jerry lost his beloved brother suddenly in an accident. Today, just minutes ago,...Read more