Dear Comfortable Christianity

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty some years together. Seems day ago, not decades past, when I nervously stepped into those lukewarm baptism waters on that late Sunday night. God, I was so young. You were so…intoxicating. I remember how my heart raced and my hands shook when the preacher asked if I believed… [Keep Reading]

On Peace, The Kingdom, and Finding God

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We used to have a completely predictable thing we’d do with our youth group when we were on mission trips. After a long day of serving at homeless shelters, community improvement projects and service chores for the elderly, we’d gather around some table hungry, tired and a bit annoyed at each other. (It was youth ministry, after all). As we… [Keep Reading]

When Sermons Trump Neighbors…

Can we settle something once and for all? Being a Christian does not give you permission to be an ass. I know that’s a harsh word, and that might cause some of you to twinge a bit. But it’s really the only way to describe the way we posture and position ourselves to be the… [Keep Reading]

The Stories That Have Recently Shaped Me…

Life is better when we listen. I get a lot of ideation, inspiration, and agitation from Twitter – and so I thought it might be fun to share what’s made my radar over the past fews weeks. Who knows, maybe this will be a regular thing here. Or maybe not. Anyway – this is the… [Keep Reading]

On Why The Gospel Is Better Than Heaven

I used to believe that the core message of Christianity is about what happens after you die – about heaven, hell, and the judgment that precedes it all. The Gospel seemed little more than an eternal nest egg. As I understood, Jesus died on a cross so that God wouldn’t be too disappointed with me… [Keep Reading]

On Church Fights and Frustrations…

Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father will enter. – Jesus of Nazareth Much has been made of that statement, and other narrow-road passages like it, in an attempt to defend the closed doors and heavy yokes of… [Keep Reading]