Christianity

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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

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    Reading Other Peoples’ Mail

    Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you...
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    Giant Faith

    As most of you already know, the San Francisco Giants are World Champions. And as most of you probably know, that fact makes me very happy. This postseason run was incredible, and I’d say this year’s victory was the sweetest of the past three (#Dynasty). The series was incredible!...
  • 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:...
  • Writing Scripture

    This last weekend, 11 freshman stood in front of our congregation, affirmed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and expressed their intention to journey with our church through life, at least until they move away for college. As part of this moment, we anointed each student...
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    Christianity: A Way-Of-Being-In-The-World

    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...
  • Why I am (Mostly) Pacifist

    I finally feel free to admit it.  I am (mostly) pacifist – I say mostly because my beliefs and thoughts have’t been field tested yet.  Before you think I’m crazy and buy me a plane ticket to Pennsylvania to live with the Amish, let me share a few of...
  • Switchfoot and Karl Barth

    Switchfoot is one of my favorite bands of all time.  Each of their albums is like meeting a new friend – at first, I’m not sure if we’re going to connect like I hoped we would, but over time my appreciation deepens to the point that my life is...
  • Why Ken Ham Lost the Debate

    As you may well know, earlier this week Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, debated one another as to whether or not Ken Ham’s understanding of the world’s origin is viable (Ham is a literal 6 day, young...
  • 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Good Storytellers

    I’ve recently found myself surrounded by stories – I’ve been reading them, telling them, listening to them, and living them.  It all started when I read East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I had heard that it was a good story, but I was entirely unprepared for its power.  I...
  • The Butthead Prayer

    This past weekend, our youth ministry began a series exploring the ins and outs of worship.  As a way to ease into the series, our middle schoolers (5th-8th) spent Sunday morning practicing prayer through the acronym PRAY (praise, repent, ask, yourself).  The students progressed to different stations where they...
  • A Dinosaur and Baby Jesus

    This year, my wife and I had the pleasure of participating in the Christmas Eve services for the first time at our new church in Berkeley.  We were originally planning on attending just one service, until one the pastors asked me if I was willing to be crowd control...
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    Ray Comfort vs. Evolution

    Fellow Christians, our enemy is not evolution, it is naturalism. Please, please, please recognize the difference. Ray Comfort, well-known evangelist and co-founder of The Way of the Master along with Kirk Cameron, has produced a new apologetics video entitled, “Evolution vs. God.” Here it is below. It is only...
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    Responding to “Covert Messiah”

    “Covert Messiah” is the latest theory delving into alternatives to the New Testament understanding of the origins of Christianity. Joseph Atwill explains that Christianity was originally an elaborate hoax created by the Roman government as a means of pacifying the usually tumultuous land of 1st century Judea.  He writes, “Jesus...
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    The Demands of Justice

    "What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best, power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that...