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Who Would Jesus Execute

It was with sadness, but not surprise, that I read about the decision to execute Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. As I read the formal statements of law enforcement and other officials, my sadness turned to despair. “We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and […]

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A Worship Leader Questions Modern Worship

I’ve led worship in a number of evangelical contexts for the better part of 24 years. It’s a responsiblity that I’ve loved because of my love of music and those occasional moments of corporate transcendence. But there are some aspects that have troubled me over the years. 1. “Worship” feels like a misnomer This one […]


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Talking Feminism with Stephanie Drury

I’d be hard pressed to choose a word that best describes Stephanie Drury. Polarizing? Embattled? Fearless? I don’t know. If you asked 100 people, you’d get 100 different answers. Stephanie runs Stuff Christian Culture Likes (@StuffCCLikes), a Facebook page for people who’ve been hurt by evangelical culture (and there are a lot). She also runs @FakeDriscoll, a Twitter […]


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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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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

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5 Reasons We Should Focus on Poverty Instead of Abortion

Abortion tops a short list of angst-inducing moral issues generating a great deal of fervor and passion for a lot American evangelicals. For many, it’s the sole issue dictating how they’ll vote in any election. While you’d never find me arguing for the validity of abortion (I wouldn’t), I think it’s time for Christians to […]

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The Church

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The Church at Pooh Corner

No one knows it, but I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out which beloved A. A. Milne character is most like various friends. If you aren’t familiar with world of Winnie the Pooh (the actual Milne stories and not the Disney version), you’re missing out on some of the best literature—ever. […]

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