I made myself watch the beheading video of James Foley. Not out of morbid curiosity or some sick desire for a Faces of Death show. No, I watched it because I need my faith to work in reality in all its glory and horror. Initially, when I wanted to write about the video, I was […]


I had a bit of a self-revelation this morning. It’s really nothing new, and probably something that happens to a lot of people in the Evangelical/post-Evangelical/millenial/trying-to-figure-out-how-to-follow-Jesus crowd. In a nutshell: I like to read lots of things about Scripture. I am not very good at reading Scripture. Encountering Scripture. Being changed by actually reading scripture. I don’t want […]

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It’s the end of an era, my friends: time for the last installment in the myth-busting postmodernism series. I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for this moment, so here it is: Postmodern myth #3: Postmoderns are skeptical when it comes to non-rationalistic accounts of the world. Always thought that to be postmodern means to be […]

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 James R. Payton Jr., Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic 2010). Paperback / Kindle Every now and then, I hear friends describe—denounce, really—some book as a work of “revisionist history.” What they mean by that appellation is that the book contains a false account of the past. And while they may or may not […]

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Richard Beck has written an incredible write-up on some possible moral foundations for Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. At the time, many used the argument of polygenism as the foundation for the notion that whites were supreme and slavery was justifiable. He writes: In short, the motivations behind The Origin of Species were moral. The Origin was published during […]


I’m still currently in the middle of my “Studies in the Prophets” class, which means I’m also currently in the middle of my research paper for the class. My paper will focus on the function of Old Testament prophets as it relates to our current understanding of the prophetic gifts, and much of the writing […]


In 1609 at the height of his career Jacobus (or “James” in English) Arminius died. Arminius’s life as a pastor and professor was surrounded with theological controversy. It was the same for those who sided with him on the issues of predestination and free will (among other things.) They were continually accused of heresy and […]


Evangelical scholar Stanley Grenz wrote in 1996 that its understandable for Christians to recoil in horror at postmodernism because it has ‘tossed aside objective truth, at least as it has classically been understood.’ According to Grenz, postmodern writers like Foucault, Derrida and Rorty reject correspondence theory (the notion that beliefs and statements are deemed to be true to […]


“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life) Simplicity has been at the forefront of my mind lately. Simplicity, contentment, our tendency to be ravenous consumers, […]

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On frequent occasion I get the request to “Keep an open mind.” I have also been called “closed minded” too many times to count. I think that comes with the territory of conversing about deeply held beliefs and values with persons who hold opposing perspectives. However, I could let that fact be an excuse to […]


Brian Zahnd has written a new book entitled A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace (as of 6/3/2014, the eBook is FREE on Kindle!), and I’m very excited about it. Below is a link to a recent post where he excerpted a portion of the book. Take a look, and […]


Last week, Roger Olson began what has now become a series on a worldview called naturalism. I am going to provide some highlights here but read the series for yourself, it is worth the time. ______ From the first post Olson defines a naturalistic worldview: “Naturalism is a worldview that “sees” reality “as” a closed network […]


I’m currently in the middle of research for a paper on the prophets of the Old Testament. Specifically, I plan to write an argumentative paper that looks to the Old Testament prophets in order to determine how prophecy ought to work now. I wrote another post about this here, but today I want to focus […]


Over the last few months I have been reading through the works of the 16th century pastor and theologian, James Arminius. Below is the beginning of a friendly conversation between Arminius and at the time the chief Professor of Divinity at Leyden, Francis Junius, on the topic of predestination. In these corresponding letters we not […]


Two articles caught my eye this weekend. The first was an article on recent comments made by Richard Dawkins about his affinity for some Christian traditions. In response to a question from an audience member that stated he called himself a Christian minister despite his disbelief in the supernatural, Dawkins stated: “I would describe myself […]


I didn’t think that I would ever write on this topic as I don’t particularly like the subject. More on that in a minute. I consider this to be the most difficult doctrine for the Christian to both accept and defend. However, if I didn’t consider the doctrine to be defendable I wouldn’t consider it […]

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Abortion continues to be, in my opinion, the moral issue of our time. There are seemingly many “positions” on the spectrum of abortion rights but it appears that Ms. Emily Letts, an abortion counselor from New Jersey, has redefined one end of that spectrum. She does not only believe it is a woman’s right to […]


I believe in prophecy. Like real-life, in-your-face, God-is-speaking-directly-to-us-today prophecy. I grew up smack-dab in the middle of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. While my family did not start seriously attending church services until I was an older child, when we did start going, my (very openly) charismatic grandfather’s influence was heavy on us. My mother […]