To Those Who Say, “That Passage Doesn’t Apply Anymore”

There is a dangerous method of Bible interpretation that pops up regularly, and it's the constant whipping boy of Buzzfeed-type Christians. The quip is, "Why do you think that passage is culturally confined, but not this one?" Christians accuse one another of picking and choosing which passages still apply. The accusation is well-founded, in my opinion. The … Continue reading To Those Who Say, “That Passage Doesn’t Apply Anymore”

A Look at Genesis: Did Moses Believe In Divine Election?

Divine election--that's something the Apostle Paul made up to distort the beautiful message of the gospel and turn it into some ugly favoritism, right? The book of Genesis is foundational in so many ways for the Christian worldview. It is truly a book of beginnings--the beginning of creation, mankind, marriage, sin, murder, musical instruments, war, … Continue reading A Look at Genesis: Did Moses Believe In Divine Election?

On True Contentment in a Frantic World

Frantic. The way we scarf our meals. The time we spend swiping and clicking on the web. The article after article of partially chewed information jammed down our throats in humungous gulps. The tug of war in dietary perspectives. The spine-cracking political roller-coaster with its violent whiplash and wooden frame that threatens to collapse at … Continue reading On True Contentment in a Frantic World

5 Common (and Unbiblical) Ways We Talk about Conversion

Christians know that being a Christian means we don't say certain words. Most of us know Ephesians 4:29: "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths..." Here's the problem. We miss the fact that the Bible should shape the words we do say. Particularly, the Bible should shape the way we speak about Biblical … Continue reading 5 Common (and Unbiblical) Ways We Talk about Conversion

Remember When God Poured Moses Tea on Mt. Sinai?

A few years ago, I was listening to Outer South (2009) by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and I was particularly intrigued by Oberst's lyrics in "To All the Lights in the Windows".  Oberst is always lacing religious pictures and allusions into his lyrics, and this one mentioned the stories of Moses, Jesus, Joseph, and Solomon. … Continue reading Remember When God Poured Moses Tea on Mt. Sinai?

Christians are an Expendable, Enraging Nuisance

The events surrounding the sermon subpoena [can we call it "Sermongate"?] in Houston reminded me and others of a particular incident involving John the Baptist, Herod, and his mistress (Matthew 14:1-13).  The similarities are uncanny: a government official using political power to silence a man for speaking out against sexual sin.  However, I do doubt that any … Continue reading Christians are an Expendable, Enraging Nuisance