Holy Hotlines

October 21, 2013

This lovely meme crossed my path today. I was going to print it out and hang it on my refrigerator next to the magnet with the plumber’s name and number, but instead I thought I’d share it here. Despite my issues with the presentation and substance of this meme, I want to make it clear […]

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Are you planting trees or just cutting them down?

May 11, 2013

Are you planting trees or just cutting them down? Are you making coffee or just drinking it? Are you the main character or part of the supporting cast? Are you reading sentences but missing the story? Are you talking about Jesus instead of showing who Jesus is? Are you teaching the “truth” instead of living […]

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Why Are You A Christian?

November 5, 2012

Something Dr. Norman Ericson said many years ago has always stuck with me. Although I don’t remember his precise words, it was essentially this: “Why are you a Christian? For most of us, it’s because our parents were Christians, and because their parents were Christians and so on. Our faith was passed down to us by […]

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Are You A Heretic?

October 9, 2012

I’ve recently encountered several instances of Christians I know calling certain beliefs “heresy.” In one case, a pastor labeled the belief that Christians could be possessed by demons as a heresy. In another, an acquaintance called the entire Emerging Church movement heresy. But what’s the real meaning of such a divisive term? Why not just […]

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Defining Evangelical

October 7, 2012

There is perhaps no designation within Christianity that is so ubiquitous but yet so difficult to define as that of Evangelical. It is simultaneously bandied about as a term of derision, as a badge of honor, as a litmus test for orthodoxy and as a synonym for fanaticism. Perhaps the most widely accepted scholarly definition […]

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Review: Putting Away Childish Things by Marcus Borg

October 3, 2012

Borg, Marcus J. (2010). Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith. New York: HarperOne. In this work of fiction Borg provides insights into the positions and difficulties of modern progressive Christianity. Although Putting Away Childish Things is overly didactic at times, Borg nevertheless manages to provide an insightful examination of the intersection of faith and modernity, […]

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Review: Faith, Form, and Time by Kurt Wise

September 28, 2012

Wise, Kurt P. (2002). Faith, Form, and Time: What the Bible Teaches and Science Confirms about Creation and the Age of the Universe. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers. Kurt Wise lives in a binary world: either you’re a Bible-Believing Young Earth Creationist who accepts the Truth or else you’re an Evil Atheist Evolutionist who has […]

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