It’s Complimentary Pt II

The doctrine of complementarianism is not what you’d call “near and dear” to my heart. Truthfully, I find it tedious and even a little infuriating. All the more so because my oldest daughter is a good conservative evangelical and thinks this is the way God intends families to operate. As the word “infuriating” implies, I don’t. Personally, […]

Another Brick in the Wall?

With the upcoming debate between everyone’s favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye and Young Earth guru, Ken Ham, I thought I’d do a post about the whole creationism vs evolution brouhaha. Originally, I wanted to say “I thought I’d do a post focusing on the whack-jobiness of the creationist side of the debate”, but that belies […]

The Pope Needs to Read His Bible?

A recent article on Buzzfeed Political reported that evangelicals are struggling with some of Pope Francis’ more liberal comments. Specifically, the ones about salvation and sexuality. In essence, Frankie said that salvation is possible for anyone who lives a moral life (that includes atheists). Not only that, he has made several (almost) accepting statements about […]

Do You Want to be Right?

Or do you want to be happy? Much as I hate quoting Dr. Phil, I think it might apply in last week’s dust-up involving Tony Jones and Marcus Borg over the character of the  Resurrection. To be fair, it wasn’t as much between Jones and Borg as it was all the people who read the various blog […]

Broken?

Over the weekend, Mark Sandlin (pastor and author of The God Article) posted the following Facebook status: Christianity has it wrong. We are not broken. We are not fallen. We are not flawed. We are simply fragile. We are beautifully distractible. We are self-invested because of love but that love also gives us a slight […]

A Very Low Bar

So, Pope Francis has spoken and, once again, progressive Christians have swooned over how forward thinking he is. An article from LiberalAmerica on his latest interview gushes “…this new Pope reveals refreshingly candid, humble, and open-minded views on many subjects.” Everything Francis has said falls into the moderate category at best, so why are we […]

Going to Hell? Maybe I’m Already There

Last week, I said that certain Gospel messages take everything Jesus did and turn it into a “Get out of jail free” card. By which I mean that, for some people, being a Christian is less about following in the footsteps of their rabbi than it is getting saved. Saved from what you might ask? Why, […]

Good News Indeed

When people hear the name Leo Tolstoy, they almost always think of his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But, Tolstoy wasn’t just a novelist; he was a theologian, too. His interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount led him to Christian Anarchy and pacifism and his writings on nonviolent resistance influenced Gandhi and MLK. Unfortunately, in a big picture […]

Is Everyone Really Welcome?

Yesterday, I read a post on “Sarah Over the Moon” written by, wait for it…, Sarah Moon. It’s titled “When My Abuser is Welcome at the Table, I am Not” and it’s about just who is welcome at the communion table. I’m not sure of the whole story, but obviously Ms. Moon is dealing with […]

God is Love

I didn’t really have time to write anything today, due to some medical stuff (nothing serious, just follow-up for previous issues), so, I’m cheating. This is basically a repost of something I wrote several months ago in response to a blog challenge from Tony Jones. In it, he asked bloggers to write something substantive about […]