It didn't take long into the story of mankind for God to feel the first tinge of helplessness. The decision to give humanity free will immediately results in corruption and cruelty. Every time God feels helpless, it is at that sacred line drawn at the founding of creation: choice.Read More
Stop saying God closed a door,
because life is not a hallway.
Jesus compares life to
a vineyard, treasure hunting, farming,
fishing, building, and a journey.
All of which share two traits,
difficulty and uncertainty.
“God’s Will” is one of those terms thrown around so frequently and carelessly in Christian culture is has almost lost all meaning. Many people live with a constant anxiety that all their hardships, struggles, and pain are somehow being caused because they can’t figure out God’s Will, and that, if they could, it would make everything better. What if I told you God’s Will was already simply explained to us?Read More
I was born into a white middle-class class Christian Evangelical family. I was raised to believe in a culture war, the gay agenda, and the liberal “conquest” of science. I had grown out of most of it during my twenties, but this is not what I am apologizing for. I am apologizing that my evolution never translated into activism.Read More
While it is true that our attitude can greatly affect our ability to handle life's challenges, positivity too is often used as a mask for keeping those in need at a distance or deflecting our responsibilities to show actual kindness and compassion to one another.Read More
We are told that “heresy” is referring to bad theology or inaccurate doctrine when, more accurately, heresy is ANY doctrine, theology, or requirement that make is hard for people to approach the Gospel of Christ.Read More
Many atrocities have been committed recently, and throughout history, in “the name of God.” ...I have also struggled to understand how common beliefs lead some to seek peace, but also seem to inspire others to violence. At this point, I have come to understand that I have been looking at religion all wrong.Read More
There is a lot of hidden and emotional baggage given to a child when they think they have to “get ahead.” Not the least of which is an idea that they are in a kind of brutal competitive race with their peers.Read More
Bob wasn't the first person to use "death therapy" to gain perspective on life, it is the core paradox of Jesus's teachings. The reality is that if you want to enjoy life, you have to give it away.Read More
The Soul of Peace is foolishness to the world, while the Soul of Violence seems wise. After all, people can hurt you. Why not protect yourself? People can take too much and leave you to starve. Why not take from them? In the end, one who chooses peace seems to be a fool as they are leaving themselves vulnerable. And you know what? They are right.Read More
Satan is the Father of Lies, and there is only one lie needed to cause our destruction: That we are separate. The Kingdom of Man is a kingdom of tribes, where we gather with those “like us” against those “not like us.” Nations, parties, clubs, gangs, and cliques are all a part of our “us vs. them” nature.Read More
What is the primary difference between an adult and a child? Most of us who are considered “adults” can probably testify that we are unsure when we became adults, and often wonder if we really are.Read More
Christians are full of good intentions. Especially when we are young (physically or spiritually) we want to run out and help all those “lost” people. Well, in this process we tend to find out that helping people is not as simple as it sounds.Read More
While some people may hate the idea of being told what to do, there are others who love the safety of feeling like they are always doing the “right thing.” This is why it is important to understand the theology of “no thing is evil,” because it is one of the most distinguishing factors of Christian spirituality.Read More
Our stories are full of deaths and violence which don’t bother us at all. This would, of course, not be an issue except that the same psychological process which keeps us apathetic to the death of another “Red Shirt” is the same process which we use to diminish human life in the real world.Read More