An Exciting Christianity Jul25

An Exciting Christia...

As one who works with youth, I often feel the pressure or need to spice up the Christian story and make it more engaging, relevant, or fun.  In much of the literature that is deemed “Youth Ministry” or in some of the examples set forth as “successful youth ministries,”...

Christianity: A Way-...

For the majority of my American Evangelical upbringing , I feel as though I was  told that there were two main criteria for what religious leaders around me called “being a believer”: 1) one must have the right beliefs (orthodoxy) and 2) one must live an upstanding moral life...

Church Security Teams Revisited: Still Unbiblical Apr09

Church Security Team...

Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post entitled, Church Security Teams? Verdict: Unbiblical, that seemed to be quite popular. Although, if I had my druthers it would have been popular because people agreed with it. But seeing as the article garnered a paltry two Facebook likes and the...

From Premillenniali...

Nearly two years ago I wrote a post entitled, “Amillennialism: Rethinking and Critiquing my Eschatology After Five Years.” In that post I analyzed an earlier blog post I wrote back in 2007 called, “How I Became An Amillennialist.” Two years ago I concluded that I was...

Reflections On The C...

Cigarette smoke drifts over the surface of the desk—the picture of [Pilate’s] wife when she still had her looks, the onyx box from Caesar, the clay plaque with the imprint of his first son’s hand on it, made while he was still a child in nursery school. Pilate squints at the man...

The Case for House C...

I am sure that to many, the title of this article made you roll your eyes a little bit. You know that the Bible talks about churches meeting in houses but… I mean, that can’t possibly apply to our cultural setting today. You also may have met some rather bizarre individuals who were house...

A Bridge Too Short?

Earlier this week, my fellow blogger Calvin Sodestrom penned an excellent piece on so called “church marketing.” While I agreed with most everything that Calvin said, I also wanted to press his point further and help us to reconsider how we go about “doing church.” Calvin’s insights...

Mormon interview: meet Brother Jake, an unconventional Latter Day Saint Oct26

Mormon interview: me...

So just who is Brother Jake? Well, he’s a member the LDS church, a blogger, and a really nice guy who I’ve had the privilege of chatting back and forth with over emails. But Jake is probably best known for his series of YouTube videos in which he uses wit and humor to satirically defend...

Facing the “anti-Mormon” claim Sep28

Facing the “anti-Mor...

In my various dialogues with Mormon missionaries and local leaders of the LDS church (all whom I respect and consider friends), I inevitably bring up something that my LDS counterparts label anti-Mormon. The term is usually given after I have raised some information about Joseph Smith or LDS...

Art in Practice: Met...

The first thing you’ll probably wonder before reading the rest of this post is: what’s meta-ethics? For many philosophers, it is a topic that is debated by some of the brightest minds about whether rightness and wrongness are worth exploring. In layman’s terms, it’s the simple...

Being real with ourselves, Mormons, (and everyone else) Sep14

Being real with ours...

Over the past four months, I have been dialoging with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons, or LDS. This isn’t my first time (or fourth time, for that matter) but it’s been the best and most rewarding of all my interactions.  It’s...