in which I lose another Christian friend

I think I might have lost an old friend this week. We’ve known each other for 25 years. This sucks. And it isn’t the first time this has happened to me in the past couple years. My buddy’s main complaint, boiled down…I’ve changed. And I have. He’s correct. The biggest change, of course, and theContinue reading “in which I lose another Christian friend”

an open letter to Christians from the younger generation

One of my favorite bloggers, Danika Nash (no relation!) wrote this.  I wish I had written it.  Please read this if you’re young.  Please read this if you’re older.  Please read this if you’re a church-goer.  Please read this if you’re not.   Church, I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. IfContinue reading “an open letter to Christians from the younger generation”

Sunday thoughts #13: The scandal of the Evangelical Heart

Click here for this beautiful article written by Rachel Evans (or read below): It’s right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they die.  – John Piper Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.  – ThomasContinue reading “Sunday thoughts #13: The scandal of the Evangelical Heart”

Sunday thoughts #10: belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man -Thomas Paine

I’ve written about my spiritual journey here – about doubt and enlightenment and change.   And as I’ve wrestled with these things over the past 10 years, I’ve learned to relax – my “crisis of faith” has slowly become part of who I am, and, I believe, has made me a better (and happier) man.Continue reading “Sunday thoughts #10: belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man -Thomas Paine”

The rise of the ‘Nones’

Thanks to Ron Skylstad for bringing this article to my attention this morning.   The most interesting sentence (in my opinion):  I think the single most important reason for the rise of the unknowns is that combination of the younger people moving to the left on social issues and the most visible religious leaders movingContinue reading “The rise of the ‘Nones’”

Sunday thoughts #6: Good news for evangelicals!

(Note:  This is a sort of epilogue to a series…see links at the end of this article.) For a limited time only, if you act now, you can have the best of two worlds! You can retain your intellect and your capacity for logical analysis AND hold on to the truths and the beauty andContinue reading “Sunday thoughts #6: Good news for evangelicals!”

God is not Christian, and other provocations

Desmond Tutu writes:  We should in humility and joyfulness acknowledge that the supernatural and divine reality we all worship in some form or other transcends all our particular categories of thought and imagining, and that because the divine — however named, however apprehended or conceived — is infinite and we are forever finite, we shallContinue reading “God is not Christian, and other provocations”

Sunday thoughts #4: Beautiful words

Last Sunday, in “Sunday thoughts #3:  In which I come clean about my faith,” I came out of the closet, so to speak.   I posted it on my blog (which not very many people read) and on my secondary Facebook page, called “stuff that matters,” so that few people would actually read it.  Continue reading “Sunday thoughts #4: Beautiful words”

true? Truth? not true? or just true-ish? (part 1)

Part 1 of 3 I was discussing politics this morning with a conservative Christian in my town, and he accused me of “not believing in Absolute Truth.”  (He’s quite unhappy with me on account of my support of President Obama.)   Actually, he didn’t directly accuse me – he said, “Well, I still believe inContinue reading “true? Truth? not true? or just true-ish? (part 1)”