Why We Resist Nonviolence (Crucifixion of the Warrior God, ch. 6)

I've quipped that everyone is a Biblical literalist until it comes to Jesus' words on nonviolence.  Then every nuance and caveat is mined to make sure we are assured Jesus doesn't actually mean what he said.  So when it comes to traditional ideas of sexuality or hell, or much else, we're told the Bible just…

Drunkeness, Weddings and Taking Part in Sin

When faced with the question of baking a cake for the wedding of two women, some Christian bakers have refused.  They cite their Christian faith, arguing that they cannot take part in something God has condemned.  Others argue you should not even attend a gay wedding. A ton of questions flurry around this - should…

What if This Was the Sort of Thing People Thought About When They Heard “Christian”?

Evangelicals Denounce Payday Lenders, Join Fight For New Regulations. Payday loans are an evil that take advantage of people in need.  I was so happy to see this headline, as this is the sort of thing I wish Christians were known for. When people, such as students at Penn State Berks, hear "Christian", many words…

Is God the Author of Sin? Part Two (Weekly Word)

This summer I am going to dedicate each Friday to questions that students have asked me about God, faith and such.  Some of these questions come were forwarded to me from Christian students or their skeptical friends.  Others are questions that I have been asked in some way, shape or form many times.  I do…

Is God Responsible For Human Sin? (Weekly Word)

This summer I am going to dedicate each Friday to questions that students have asked me about God, faith and such.  Some of these questions come were forwarded to me from Christian students or their skeptical friends.  Others are questions that I have been asked in some way, shape or form many times.  I do…

What I Learned About Judgment When My Toddler Wouldn’t Sleep

(I first wrote this weeks ago in early December, but never got around to posting it.  Over the holidays Junia slept great.  Today, the first day my wife is back at school, Junia refused to nap.  That is somewhat ironic timing as I post this.) For most of her young life, Junia has been a…

Be Real, Be Vulnerable – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)

I was talking to a student recently who showed a frustration with people who attend church.  He said that they get dressed up all nice and act perfect, even looking down on those who do not attend church.  They think they are better then the rest of us.  But the thing is, they are just…