Not long ago, my family was harmed by damaging theology. We bought into the lie of a fearful, angry God who could not possibly love us the way we were. Of a God who saw us primarily as sinners, not his children.
Sometimes Christians are too quick to assume the quotes we see on twitter and pinterest are in the Bible. If it has a few “thee’s” and “thou’s” or sounds at all like a proverb, we assume that its somewhere in that dense, leather-bound book sitting on our nightstand.
For all the stories we tell about Mary, we usually miss one of her most important contributions to the Christmas story: her song in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. Mary’s song (or her “Magnificat”) was the first theological reflection on Christ in the New Testament. But we barely hear about it. I have only […]
Every time I put on a poppy I can’t help but feel conflicted. As someone who first got to know Jesus through the “gospel of peace”, accepting the fact that there are many ways for Christians to fight evil, including war, is hard to do. But I’m learning to let go of that. You see, […]
I recently had a conversation with a friend about God, Hell, and pain. Especially the latter. Because of the enormity of pain and suffering she had observed in her life, she was certain God couldn’t exist. It was a heavy conversation. And, as a Christian engaged in full-time ministry, I felt the extreme pressure to […]
A few years ago I was on my way to a speaking engagement in Los Angeles. While driving, I saw an object moving rapidly toward my windshield. Then I heard the impact, “SMACK!” The object struck the bottom right side of my windshield and left a crack. Before long, the crack started creeping across my windshield, […]
If we go to church, do we have a guaranteed spot in heaven? What if you constantly skip church but lead a very good life? This question gets at the heart of most people’s understanding of religion, which is basically that the point of religion is to ‘get into heaven.’ And if I’m basically a […]
When reading the Old Testament, should we interpret it literally or metaphorically? Answering this question depends what we mean by ‘literally.'(the best answer to nearly every tough theological question: ‘Depends.’) ‘Literally’ originally meant ‘as the author intended,’ or the closest interpretation to what the author wanted to convey. However, it has come to mean […]
I’m going to out myself right now… I’m a bible reading newb… which is embarrassing considering I’ve owned a bible pretty well since the day I came into this world. I’ve had too many bibles to count through my climb up the Sunday school ladder. They have had pictures, student study guides, footnotes, and lots […]
Remember the great “Worship Wars” of the ’90s and early ’00s? On one side, drum kits were demonized, on the other, organs were considered passé. Thus, a great, seemingly uncrossable, chasm formed between the generations. Some of the arguments were theological in nature, while others focused on musical preferences. And then there were some arguments […]