Leaving Christian Gurus Behind

I recently read through Carl Trueman’s book Fools Rush In Where Monkey’s Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone. As a Christian who prefers not to be identified with evangelicalism, I have always appreciated Trueman’s thought provoking essays. I was especially struck by the following quote in his book: The American church reflects the culture: ministries built around individuals, around big shots; churches that focus on god-like guru figures, all of them pointing to one door. I have lost count of the conversations I have had with church people anxious to tell who they heard at this conference, which person the corresponded with, how...

Foreigners On Other ...

Last week Deseret News put out an article on how various religious groups would respond to the discovery of life on other planets. It’s an interesting article and you should check it out here. A religious survey was conducted by Prof. David Weintraub who teaches astronomy at Vanderbilt....

The Bible in one han...

What do you make of preachers with iPads?   I was in London for a protest to support the movement in Hong Kong the day after I wrote my last post two weeks ago. One of the speakers there remarked that he had been Facebook a lot trying to follow the latest developments in Hong Kong —...

How Harry Potter Rui...

The title of this post may be a bit dramatic, but I will share about the series of unfortunate events that happened around Harry Potter this past week. Last Saturday, my sister-in-law had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party. She decorated her house with wizarding decor – complete with...

Mis(?)-Judging the Ray Rice Saga Oct08

Mis(?)-Judging the R...

By now, most of us have been thoroughly inundated—thanks, largely in part, to ESPN’s wash-rinse-repeat approach of showing the elevator video—with coverage of the NFL’s domestic violence problem specifically as it relates to Ray Rice. The reaction against Rice was swift, virtually...

Biblical (il)Literac...

Dr. Ken Berding is leading the charge to improve biblical literacy in our culture. Dr. Berding is Professor of New Testament at my alma mater, Biola University (he taught me Greek!). Dr. Berding is passionate about this subject, having written an article in the newest edition of the Biola...

Why You Should Go to an Open Mic Night Oct03

Why You Should Go to...

Last night at our church, we hosted a spoken word open mic night with Micah Bournes, a phenomenal spoken word poet who is well worth your time.  You can check him out here. For the event, we planned to have 45 minutes of open mic time where 15 people could share a poem and then Micah would...

Do We Have a Male Va...

I’ll never forget the moment that I was slapped in the face by the most fashion conscious city in America, Los Angeles. Near the end of my four years there, the city began to wear off on me. I started to “up my game.” Bought some nicer clothes, some flashier shirts, some tighter jeans....

Faith, Doubt, and Justin Welby Sep23

Faith, Doubt, and Ju...

Just before the weekend, the Guardian and the Huffington Post reported that Justin Welby, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, sometimes doubts the existence of God. When I saw this story pop up on my Facebook newsfeed I almost neglected to read the article. “So what?” was my initial...

Scottish Independence, Unionism, and Christ-like statehood? Sep16

Scottish Independenc...

With the referendum coming up in two days, the issue of Scottish Independence is getting pretty heated in the UK. In light of all this, I’d like to consider here the question: What is the meaning of Scottish Independence? And by ‘meaning’ I don’t just mean any contingent consequences...

Breaking  Down  Assumptions  (based off the shocking news that Hello Kitty is not a cat) Sep15

Breaking Down Assu...

A few weeks ago, the news went viral that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but is actually a 3rd grade girl from London. Growing up as a Sanrio fan as a little girl, I was quite shocked to hear the news about Hello Kitty. It didn’t make any sense to me, since she has cat-like ears and whiskers, so...