Rethinking Judas

Apr 3, 2017 by

Growing up, we learn that Judas was the disciple who betrayed Jesus, and that’s true. What is also true is that Judas, I believe, is profoundly misunderstood. The truth is, while he did betray Jesus, I...

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How should we be political?

Feb 13, 2017 by

Some say that Christianity by nature is political. To a great degree, that’s absolutely true, though I think we must be careful to not simply leave it there as if Christianity is political in the way the...

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5 steps toward drama-free holidays

Nov 22, 2016 by

So, it’s finally here. The holidays are upon us, and there’s no turning back, and no avoiding them. I don’t know about you, but while I’m looking forward to the holidays, and while I want to be able to...

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A conservative Supreme Court won’t end abortion

Oct 26, 2016 by

The U.S. election of 2016 is just a few weeks away (thank you, Jesus). Over the course of this election season, it has been interesting to watch the conservative Christian reaction to Donald Trump. What...

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God changes his mind, because love is adapting

Sep 7, 2016 by

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...

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5 more things American Christians should remember this election cycle

Aug 8, 2016 by

Political season is a challenging time for Christians — or at least, it should be. The American political system is unique in many ways. Much of this uniqueness is good and worthy of respect and even...

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Matthew 18 doesn’t always apply

May 24, 2016 by

It’s true — I’ve publicly and strongly disagreed with some well-known Christian leaders. It’s also true that some of them have very publicly disagreed with me. In those exchanges, however, I will...

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5 reasons we unquestioningly support Israel

Mar 29, 2016 by

Over the course of time I’ve noticed a troubling trend: it’s *almost* impossible to have a reasonable discussion with fellow Christians who believe we are called to give unwavering support to the modern...

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The spiritual danger of the American political season

Mar 7, 2016 by

How much of the news we watch is recycled coverage on the election? Is your Facebook newsfeed overrun with Trump this or Hillary that? I don’t know about you, but lately it seems like all the days have...

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Sex trafficking and the Super Bowl

Feb 3, 2016 by

Perhaps you’ve seen it in your newsfeed this year or in a year past. Regardless of who published it, the article is likely to have a shocking headline similar to: “Super Bowl is Largest Human Trafficking...

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The blood of American Christianity will be the seed of the church

Dec 10, 2015 by

It’s a funny thing what makes Christianity grow and flourish. In the Second Century, Tertullian (one of the early Christian theologians), wrote in Apologeticus that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of...

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A middle ground to being a Christian on Black Friday

Nov 25, 2015 by

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism and, by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have,...

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5 tips for living relatively safely without owning a gun

Oct 13, 2015 by

I’ve always wondered why the gun lobby seems to keep sending us the message that a gun is the best way to ensure personal and home safety. Strike that — I know why they send the message: the gun lobby...

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Agitating and peacemaking

Jul 20, 2015 by

Activist Bree Newsome (along with doing good co-conspirator, Jimmy James Tyson) made an unannounced appearance on July 11 at the Wild Goose Festival, held annually in Hot Springs, N.C. I was honored to be able...

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If America became a Christian nation

May 19, 2015 by

With political season kicking off again, so is the season where folks begin to use the term “Christian nation.” Some claim we were one, some claim we are one, and some say we need to become one. Yet, each...

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10 ways to be a better peacemaker online

Feb 6, 2015 by

Lately I’ve been lamenting at what a toxic place the Internet can be. But instead of lament, I would like to contribute something more helpful to make dialoging with people on the Internet a little less...

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The danger of a Christian label

Jan 12, 2015 by

We all use labels to some degree. Like it or not, we live in a culture that uses labels to help us identify things. Sometimes this can be very helpful. As we navigate the world we live in, labels often provide...

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Brittany Maynard didn’t commit suicide

Nov 12, 2014 by

The past few week or so has been filled with news that terminally ill 29-year-old, Brittany Maynard, ended her life with medication prescribed by her physician. She did so under legal physician-assisted...

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Is it time to remove the flag from the church sanctuary?

Sep 17, 2014 by

If one were to walk into a church in the United States, it’s far more likely than not that somewhere on the stage in the sanctuary, there will be a U.S. flag. This tradition is one that spans across a wide...

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Iraqi genocide: Our violence got us here

Aug 11, 2014 by

My spirit has been grieved in a way I haven’t experienced before as the situation in Iraq and Syria has turned for the worse as of late, and is now straight up out of control. The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq...

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