July 2013


July 31, 2013

I commented to someone yesterday that I was bored and annoyed by the whole Reza Aslan controversy, so I hadn’t bothered to write about it. So in light of that disinterest, let me go ahead and add my two cents to the fray:

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Think the Pope said something great about gays? Think again.

July 29, 2013
Pope Francis

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that in an interview Pope Francis said: “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? … You can’t marginalize these people.” This story has spread across the internet as if the Pope has said something ground-breaking about the Catholic Church’s stance on […]

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Barth on Grace

July 28, 2013
Karl Barth

I just read Karl Barth’s sermon “Saved By Grace” from his slender volume The Preaching of the Gospel. What a great sermon! You can read the whole thing online, but here’s an excerpt: Dear brothers and sisters, where do we stand now? One things is certain: the bright day has dawned, the sun of God […]

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Christians with a difference

July 24, 2013

While reflecting on the nature of evangelical Christianity, this quote from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters came to mind: My dear Wormwood, The real trouble about the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Christian. They all have individual interests, of course, but the bond remains mere Christianity. What we want, […]

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Does universalism subvert free will?

July 22, 2013

A common objection to universalism (the view that all people will eventually be reconciled to God) is that it violates our free will — that in order for God to save everyone, he would have to force some to love him. Those who argue from that point of view disavow universalism in part because they […]

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A simple choice

July 19, 2013
Black or White?

Which of these men would you rather encounter in an alley late at night … and why?

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Some thoughts on evangelicalism

July 18, 2013

In an earlier post, I asked “Why are you or why aren’t you an evangelical Christian?” I received some great, thought-provoking responses, and several people asked for some specifics about my answer to that question. So here goes! For me, evangelicalism means living a Gospel-centered life. The Gospel is the Good News that Christ died […]

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Trayvon Martin and the American “justice” system

July 16, 2013
The iceberg that sank the Titanic

The Trayvon Martin case highlighted some significant issue in the American legal system. But this wasn’t simply an isolated incident of a random miscarriage of justice. From The Sentencing Project: More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their thirties, 1 in every 10 is […]

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Questions in light of the Zimmerman verdict

July 14, 2013
Trayvon Martin

Some thoughts and questions in light of the George Zimmerman verdict: The American judicial system is our judicial system. If we want it to change, it’s up to us to change it. Are we willing to do so? Despite the apparent miscarriage of justice in this case, do we really want to conduct trials in […]

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Lexical Lies and Dictionary Deceptions

July 12, 2013
Red light

In a recent online discussion regarding the Bible and homosexuality, one participant brought up the fact that Jesus never directly addressed the issue of homosexuality. To my surprise, another participant claimed that Jesus most certainly did condemn homosexuality in Matthew 15.19: “For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, […]

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