I’m Going To Hell

I’ve been in the blogging game for a few years now and, if I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that every now and then, the internet gives you a present. Wednesday afternoon, I got just such a gift in the form of a video from Olugbenga Oladejo, a Nigerian preacher (calling this cat a pastor is a […]

Many or All?

For the past few months, the concept of universalism has been on my mind. I’ve been involved in several conversations (both on-line and in real-time) about the subject and even heard a couple of sermons that either brushed up against it or, in one case, fully engaged it. These encounters run the gamut from strongly […]

A Downward Movement

A couple of years ago, at a Faithworks Conference in London, Brian McLaren said “The Kingdom of God is not about me but about transforming the world and everything in it“. This is not the first time I’ve heard that sentiment, but McLaren stated better than most.  He went on to say that we put ourselves and […]

Eternal Damnation? Says Who?

    Yesterday, I talked to you about hell and what it may be like. At the end of that missive, I noted that I hadn’t said anything about hell as a place of eternal torment and that I would tackle that today. Well, it’s today, so let’s get cracking. A quick internet search will […]

What Am I Talking About Pt? IV

Continuing with this week’s theme about Christianity in the post-modern world, today we’re discussing emergence/progressive ideas and heresy. When this movement was younger, you heard a lot about this. It seemed like every day, there was a new book, article, podcast, blog post or sermon decrying the views of some emergent leader as heresy. These days, […]

I Hope…

After spending over twenty years on the streets of Raleigh, NC as a firefighter, I know a little about the  homeless and poor population of our fair city. There are addicts, alcoholics, the abused and the used. And, many of them have one thing in common: no hope. You can see in their eyes if you […]

Of Dogs and Unconditional Love

[youtube FRJyieYGEI0] The scene at the beginning of this post is my favorite from one of my favorite Disney/Pixar movies. Don’t look at me like that, it’s a good movie with nice message. In fact, while most Disney movies send abominable messages to young people, Pixar films seem to go the opposite direction. For example, […]

Republican Jesus

I don’t know if you’ve heard the term “Republican Jesus” or not, but you’ve seen the results of the thinking behind it all over the place. According to Uncyclepedia, “Republican Jesus is the central figure in the Republican religion” and is “most certainly white-skinned (as pictured right) even though he (unfortunately) comes from the Middle […]

Why Didn’t You Tell Me That?

I’m going to start this with a massive understatement: Christians spend a lot of time with the Bible. It’s like our guidebook or something.  Great theological arguments are conducted over what it means, how to interpret it, whether it’s infallible or inerrant, etc.  I think we all agree the Bible is where God’s ultimate truth is revealed and that’s […]

Does You Really Think He Cares?

Friday, I shared the picture to the left on Facebook. I like it because it’s nice and snarky. I’ll admit I shared it to get a rise out of people. And, it worked. Within a few minutes, a friend of mine said ” I really don’t think its appropriate to refer to Jesus Christ as a hippie freak”.  […]