freedom

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    Dancing to “Shake it Off” and Other Confessions

    Last Friday, I had the awesome opportunity to speak in Biola’s undergraduate chapel about my thesis on shame and how it affects our relationships with God and others. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share about what I’ve learned about shame and grace, and also my own struggle...
  • Why I Don’t Want God to Bless America – And Why Christians Shouldn’t Either

    I want to begin by making it abundantly clear that I love America. I love the unparalleled freedoms & opportunities we’ve been granted. Most of all, I love the ideals that America was based on, but this is a nation that has fallen far from those truths that we...
  • Musings from the Balcony

    “Your love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me.”* I stood, watching a gym full of hundreds of college students, singing these words of praise and truth. Arms-raised, dancing, clapping, and shouting – I admired their passion. The pulsing drums, the rocking guitars, the...
  • Moving Redemption ahead of the Equation

    = Equality = If your facebook newsfeed was anything like mine, pink and red was the dominant color scheme of the beginning of the week. As if Valentine’s Day was having a month late resurgence, signs for equality have flooded the social media and blogospheres in the supreme courts...
  • The Gospel and Les Mis, Part 2 (Guest Post)

    Most of the readers of this blog will be familiar with the Law/Gospel distinction that is present in the New Testament. While this distinction grew out of a particular set of controversies involving a particular law code and its relevance to a particular cultural situation (something that we Protestants often...
  • The Gospel and Les Mis, Part 1 (Guest Post)

    It should go without saying that art is a powerful thing. When it is done well it can easily change the way we see the world, subverting our perspective in a way where other forms of communication would struggle or fail. We are surrounded by well executed art, yet...
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    Forced to Be Gay

    To the world, homosexuality is more than an orientation; it’s an identity. Being gay is like being black or vegan or republican. It’s part of your persona. Something to accept, embrace and celebrate. Coming out means becoming part of a community—complete with flags, parades and flashy bumper stickers. To...
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    Birthday Resolutions

    Today is my birthday. I’ve always considered it my own personal New Year. Billions of people celebrate new beginnings on January 1st, but on June 20th that number drops to mere millions. (Two worth noting: fellow blogger Caleb Johnson and my dad.) So, in honor of another year, here...
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    A Freedom That Lasts

    If you’ve ever been to Arlington National Cemetery, you’ve seen row after sobering row of marble headstones that mark the final resting place of nearly 400,000 men and women who lived for our nation’s freedom—and many who died for it. If we resolved to visit one grave each day,...
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    Scared Straight… Now What?

    Last week I watched a few episodes of “Beyond Scared Straight,” the reality show that follows a group of rebellious teens to prison, where they get a taste of life behind bars. Aside from being thoroughly entertained, I learned a lot about false hopes and society’s view of redemption....
  • Amazing Grace: The Prisoner’s Anthem

    When I received news of Chuck Colson’s passing, I was instantly overcome by the grace of God and his relentless desire to save the most wretched people on earth. Chuck Colson was a man transformed by the power of Christ. He entered those prison walls a convicted felon, but...
  • For Freedom Christ has Set us Free…

    לכן אמר לבני־ישׂראל אני יהוה והוצאתי אתכם מתחת סבלת מצרים והצלתי אתכם מעבדתם וגאלתי אתכם בזרוע נטויה ובשׁפטים ג     (Exodus 6:6) On the night on which He was betrayed, while their bold and often mystifying rabbi lead them in a tradition that they have practiced all their lives…...
  • Libertarianism From A Christian Perspective: Guest Post

    “Who are you to tell me what to do?” “Why can’t I do something if it doesn’t hurt anybody else?” “Big government is a big failure; keep its nose out of my business!” Such sentiments echo at Libertarian rallies across the world.  Libertarians value autonomy and freedom, and they...
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    A Theological Critique of Conservative Politics

    Disclaimer time:  the views expressed here do not represent you know, whoever disagrees with them. Oliver O’Donovan’s The Desire of Nations is a difficult but spectacular book that seeks to ‘rediscover the roots of political theology’.  It is essentially a long theological exposition of the concept of authority in...