3 Reasons I Won’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance

I love my country. I really do. This needs to be established at the top because there’s a likelihood that this post will be misunderstood or misconstrued. There’s no anti-American sentiment leading me to write this, only a desire to communicate an important change that has happened to me in the last few years. Here are the 3 […]


5 Philosophical Arguments against an Eternal Hell

I didn’t become a Christian out of my fear of hell—but in spite of it. When I believed at 21, it was after being overcome by Christ’s grace and goodness despite the fact that I found the concept of eternal torment abhorrent. I’d been saved into a very fundamentalist church, and I figured I’d eventually […]



Beyond Hashtags: Embracing a More Transformational Model of Christian Love

One of Jesus’s Most startling prophecies was a simple statement, “Because of lawlessness the love of many will grow cold. (Matt. 24:12)” I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. For many in the church, the focus of this saying is on the lawlessness, the iniquity. We here it in the voices that say, “It’s […]

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Can We Talk about Biblical Illiteracy in the Church?

“Mystics without study are only spiritual romantics who want relationship without effort.”—Calvin Miller I live in a quaint American town—a Norman Rockwellian picture of small-town USA. There’s a church on almost every corner and a palpable sense of nostalgia down every street. It’s a farm town full of old Dutch families who still resort to their mother […]

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Social Issues


3 Questionable Trends in Christian Blogging

I took up blogging because I love to write, and like many, I’d do it without an audience. The internet is strewn with blogs I’ve launched for awhile and let run aground. This blog’s growing influence has allowed me the luxury of getting to know some other fantastic writers—and familiarize myself with many of the […]

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The Church


What If I Don’t Have a Dramatic Testimony!?

We sure love an exciting conversion story. We may be able to bicker about the existence of God or the Bible’s validity all day, but it’s hard to counter a dramatic story of deliverance and newly discovered freedom. A powerful testimony cuts right to the heart of the Gospel. But I don’t have an exciting conversion […]

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