I’ve had a few of N. T. Wright’s books sitting on my to-read shelf for a while and this is the first one that I’ve actually gotten around to reading. I have to say that I went into this book with fairly high expectations and this book more than exceeded those expectations. It’s been an … Continue reading Book Review: “Surprised by Hope”
Oh how we love the “worship wars.” Now of course, I have my opinions on all that hoopla (who doesn’t?), but I want to make it clear I’m not delving into that here. These are complicated questions with lots of pieces and perspectives. Thus, I want to reflect on one particular piece of that question … Continue reading How Not to Evaluate a Song
At one point I was watching a recording of a debate between an atheist and a Christian on the resurrection of Jesus. The Christian debater had what seemed to me a very strange argument. It went something like this: First he tried to prove that the “supernatural” is a thing by pointing to documented cases … Continue reading There is No Supernatural
Even though people like myself will often talk (or complain) about how those of us in the church put great pressure on people to get married, it would be unfair to say that the church doesn’t ever talk about singleness positively. Nor is it true that singleness is never talked about as a legitimate option … Continue reading Singleness is Not a Spiritual Gift
I’ve often heard people say something like, “You know, it would be so much easier to believe what we hear about Jesus if we were there with him. I mean, surely if we got to hear his preaching and got to see his miracles and him casting out demons, surely then there would be no … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Pharisees?
Theology, as well as many other disciplines, is inherently reactionary. Almost anything anyone ever says or does is at least in part a reaction against something else, sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously, sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly. On the one hand, this is necessary and important. It’s important to pay attention to serious errors when they rise … Continue reading Keep Your Eyes on the Good: How to Avoid Being Reactionary
Much of our discussion about the doctrine of the scriptures centers around the doctrine of inerrancy. This is usually in reaction to those who would say that the scriptures are unreliable and unfaithful sometimes theologically, but also with respect to matters of science and history. They might be spiritually helpful or something like that, but … Continue reading What Do We Really Mean by “Inerrancy”?
Note: After writing and posting this article, it came to my attention that Shane Claiborne and others officially refer to themselves as "Red Letter Christians." I was not aware of this at the time that I wrote this and I would like to make it clear that this article is not intended to be a direct … Continue reading Why You Can’t Be a Red-Letter Christian
It’s not uncommon to see it in sanctuaries, outside churches, or in classrooms at Christian schools. It’s so common place that it’s easy to just look past it as something harmless or even meaningless, but I think the Christian flag symbolically reflects a lot of the common misunderstandings people have about what it means to … Continue reading The Christian Flag is Garbage
Despite the fact that many would say that people in our society don’t believe in any kind of morality, if you listen to what our broader society has to say, especially on issues of sexuality, then it becomes apparent that our contemporary society is fiercely ethical. It’s just that the ethical discussion has shifted away … Continue reading Consent is Not Enough