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25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (2014 Readers’ Choice)

I am pleased to be among this great group of bloggers. Click the link below to read the whole list at Patheos.com. 25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (2014 Readers’ Choice). Advertisements

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Review of 2014

Here are a few things that many of us took in in 2014. These items are things that I thought were significant, impacting, or just fun. Serial Early this year many people were predicting that podcasts were on the decline. Then at the beginning of October Serial appeared, and changed the world. Serial was a weekly […]

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God Became Weak

This Christmas season I am reminded of the profound truth about God that is revealed to us through the incarnation of Jesus. When God enters into the weakness and filth of humanity, He demonstrates that power and goodness and victory over evil are not accomplished through demonstration of strength, violence, sovereignty, and wrath. Victory is […]

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Ferguson and Racism for Privileged People

Since the death of Michael Brown, a lot has been said about what Ferguson reveals about racism in America. Some of the conversation has been incredibly insightful; some of it has been ignorant and counter-productive. I don’t feel that I have much to add to the conversation about Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown. […]

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Naughty or Nice and Christmas Warriors

Every year the American Family Association releases the Naughty or Nice List. This is a rating of the level to which American retailers acknowledge Christmas. Companies on the Nice list are considered “Christmas-friendly.” The Nice list includes Ace Hardware, JC Penny, and Target among others. The Marginal list includes Starbucks and Best Buy. The dreaded Naughty […]

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Ebola and the Politics of Fear

“This deadly virus has acquired a death toll of nearly 5,000 individuals worldwide. In order to successfully control this outbreak, community engagement is KEY.” That is an excerpt from a letter which I received this week from my Republican representative to the state congress of Virginia (a state which has had not even a rumor of Ebola). Most […]

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Quotes from I Stand Sunday

I Stand Sunday was a gathering on the evening of Sunday, November 2nd, in Houston, Texas. This gathering was organized by the Family Research Council in response to Houston’s equal rights ordinance and the mayor’s subpoenas to five local pastors. Six thousand people attended the gathering while tens of thousands of others watched via the internet. The […]

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Another Excerpt from Persecution Complex

The American Christian Persecution Narrative: A Definition The film Back to the Future is a prime example of the dominant cultural script of the 1980s. In the film, Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time to 1955. In the process, he accidentally causes the teenage version of his mother to […]

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Pleasing God

We often view the teachings of Jesus as a broad set of rules and commands. This is the wrong way to understand Jesus. When the distill down the essence of Jesus’ message we see that he is imploring his followers to leave behind their old way of thinking and living and enter into a new […]

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Persecution in America part 3

The last question of the survey deals with the respondent’s personal experience with discrimination. This is especially revealing, because it has little to do with what is seen on the news or read on the internet, but with everyday  experience. The responses from those who claimed discrimination for their faith is especially troubling. It seems […]

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Persecution in America part 2

The second part of the survey results are very interesting. While some people believe that Christians experience legitimate discrimination, the majority see the issue quite differently. Also, check out part 1 and part 3 of the survey results. My book Persecution Complex examines this issue in some detail. Learn more about the book here.

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An Excerpt from Persecution Complex

In March 2014, the film God’s Not Dead was a surprise box office hit, grossing $9.2 million on its opening weekend and earning nearly $70 million as of the writing of this book. Variety called it “the biggest shocker” of the weekend. The success of this movie should not have come as a surprise, though. […]

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Does Christianity Justify Bad Behavior?

It seems that every few years there is a spate of scandal surrounding a handful of influential Christian leaders. These controversies are rarely handled with the grace and respect for the victim that I believe Jesus would exhibit.

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Good Christians Don’t Agree

Growing up in one kind of Christian church made me take for granted that most Christians agreed on most doctrines. I know this is the experience of many others. We assumed that everyone agrees with our particular conception of God, Satan, the afterlife, and the world. This is simply not true, though.

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10 Things I Have Had to Unlearn

I once heard a preacher talk about raising his children in such a way that they would not have to “unlearn” too much as they grew older.  While I am extremely thankful for the way I was raised, there are plenty of things that I have had to unlearn. I hope that those who learn […]

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