Raw Grace

Rob Bell was interviewed in the May/June issue of Relevant Magazine.  In talking about how some people seem threatened by an image of Jesus that encompasses openness and inclusion, he said “I think grace_ pure, raw, true, 100 percent grace_ is always a disruptive force to whatever religious systems have built themselves up as arbiters of […]

What a Weekend!

As I said Thursday, Olivia and I attended the first annual Wild Goose Festival this past weekend.  It was an amazing weekend of learning, fellowship and fun.  We listened to some fantastic speakers, participated in awesome conversations and made wonderful new friends.  And, as I also said on Thursday, the best part was sharing with […]

Rand vs. Jesus?

There has been quite a bit of discussion, in the liberal camp at least, about some Tea Party Republicans embracing the works of Ayn Rand.   Paul Ryan is especially fond of Atlas Shrugged, and requires his staffers to read it.  Ryan, author of the controversial House Budget proposal, claims that budget is based on the Catholic […]

Compromise? Isn’t That a Dirty Word?

Yesterday, Tony Campolo published an article on Red Letter Christians about the possibility of compromise on the issue of gay marriage.  In it, he raises the question of whether the church should be involved the legal aspects of marriage, that perhaps those aspects should be covered by a civil union handled by the government and that the church […]

A Bigger Brain?

A new study from Duke University medical center found that mainline Protestants tend to have bigger brains than evangelicals, Catholics or those with no religious affiliation.  In an article published last Friday by USA Today, we find it’s actually the hippocampus that’s bigger, not the entire brain.  Dr. Amy Owen, the main writer for the study […]

Glory to God

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m reading Peter Rollins’ book “The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales“.  This morning, I read a story about small island nation being invaded by a much larger and more powerful one.  The invaders held all the advantages, more soldiers, better training, better weapons and equipment and, the […]

Things You Never Hear In Church

There’s a list that’s made the rounds for quite a while called the Top Ten Things You Never Hear In Church. It’s yet another case of Christians stealing something from pop culture and using it for evangelism. Only this time it’s actually funny and it even makes you think. And, not even about how lame the […]

They’re Not the Same Thing

Last Friday, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted to block aid to Planned Parenthood. Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R) called it a victory, saying “By banning funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America.”  […]