Fear leaders to anger

Quit Letting Fear Control You

The Jewish, Islamic, and Christian creation stories all begin in a garden. God releases the first man and woman into his paradise with only one prohibition—don’t eat from a specific tree. A tempter comes in the form of a serpent and tells the woman that God is holding out on them. The snake informs her that God […]

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The Golden Rule: It’s the Law (and the Prophets)

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”—Jesus of Nazareth There are not many things I find more beautiful and difficult than the Sermon on the Mount. If any of us can read these words and not be shaken to […]

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5 Reasons I Don’t Believe in the Good Old Days

No one would argue that we live in perfect times. There are many social and political ills that need to be fixed—so many injustices that need to be made right. On the other hand, I refuse to believe that there was a magic era where things were so much better. We tend to fear the […]


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Drinking the Kool-Aid of Our Own Success

“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matt. 7:22–33 I recently published a post entitled Olly Olly […]

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Some Scriptural Arguments against an Eternal Hell

I promised to come back and focus on the scriptural reasons why I reject eternal conscious torment (ETC), which is the idea that those who die without Christ will suffer forever in a Hieronymus Bosch painting. After this post, I’ll probably write one more to talk through some arguments for ETC and responses I’ve received from people who […]

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Social Issues


How the Rich Can Make Church a Safe Place for the Greedy

I read Dannah Gresh’s Charisma article How Women Can Make Church a Safe Place for Men and it really struck a chord. Her premise, which isn’t new, is that women need to remember the weaknesses in men and make church a safer place by being mindful about how they dress. This got me thinking: Wealthy people, quit […]

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The Church


Divorce: When the Church Adds Insult to Injury

I was talking church with a friend over coffee, and he alluded to some difficulties in his congregation. “Uh oh, what’s up?” I asked He said they’d discovered that one of their elders, years before attending the church, had been divorced. He and his current wife had been members at the church for a number of years now and he was an elder […]

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