An Open Letter to Conservative Evangelicals: In response to Franklin Graham

July 21, 2015

So…Franklin Graham said something stupid again. If you have not read it, here it is (taken from his Facebook page): Four innocent Marines (United States Marine Corps) killed and three others wounded in ‪#‎Chattanooga‬ yesterday including a policeman and another Marine–all by a radical Muslim whose family was allowed to immigrate to this country from […]

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We’re Not a Post-Christian Culture

March 11, 2015
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Lee Beach, in his fantastic book The Church in Exile, references the distinct difference between the centennial birthday celebration of Canada as a country and the day of mourning to commemorate the lives lost after 9/11. In 1967, at the centennial celebration, 25,000 people gathered along with state officials, eight clergy and Queen Elizabeth to […]

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Baptism: A sign or a birth?

September 22, 2014

What is Baptism? For individualized/private/personal faith, baptism is diminished to a confusing and unintelligible non-tangible reality, i.e. “an outward sign of an inward reality.” As such, it’s easily set aside as an add-on. For communal, messianic, kingdom faith, baptism is an initiation into a new/alternative social reality where Jesus is Lord and King of all. […]

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Depression & Suicide? An invitation to a complex conversation

August 14, 2014

(http://tataaat.deviantart.com/art/depression-150543813) DISCLAIMER: I offer this post publicly as an opportunity to join me in discussion. I want to listen and learn from others. I want to hear your stories, and I want to do my best to love you. I do not offer this to be demonized or caricatured. I trust you will give me […]

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What can we do? A response to the situation in Iraq

August 8, 2014

If you have paid any attention to my Facebook recently, you know that I have been grieved and disturbed by what is happening in Iraq recently (as are most). If you have followed my journey over the last few years, you may have realized I have become a (sometimes hypocritical) pacifist. And if you have […]

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Is this the church?

August 2, 2014

Our family just got back from vacation. Family vacation these days means a cross-country trip to grandma’s house in Kansas. But don’t take this as a complaint. We had a phenomenal time with friends and family. Fishing, swimming, four-wheeling, boating and tubing, bocce ball, and Silver Dollar City with people we love beats private vacations […]

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