Who’s Really a Hypocrite? Let’s Not Forget Me.

One of the more popular tropes in Facebook pictures in recent days is the "hypocrite" meme regarding U.S. President Barack Obama. Let me share a few that I found doing a Google Images search for "Obama hypocrite." Brutal. Poor guy. I do love the graphic design of the last one. Putting the Obama O in "hypocrite" … Continue reading Who’s Really a Hypocrite? Let’s Not Forget Me.

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The Real Victims of the Planned Parenthood Christian Outrage

Perhaps one of the most beautiful scenes in the 2009 film The Blind Side is when Sandra Bullock's character finds Big Mike walking on the side of the road clutching a paper bag. She makes her husband stop the car and gets out to see what's going on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPjYhPGkhGA Leigh Anne Tuohy didn't ask anything of Michael, … Continue reading The Real Victims of the Planned Parenthood Christian Outrage

God Feels, But Commits. We Feel, And De-Commit.

I've got a confession to make, and perhaps it makes me un-American. And I'm OK with that. I can't stand Top Gun. I like Tom Cruise about 75 percent of the time, and I love America, but I can't stand the movie. I don't see what's so fantastic about it. Along with Forrest Gump, Top Gun is one of … Continue reading God Feels, But Commits. We Feel, And De-Commit.

That One Time I Cursed at God for Allowing Me to Sin

I remember one night during my freshman year of college and I was confronted very closely with the sin in my life. It sucked. I was angry and frustrated. I went to the school's racquetball courts by myself and began to "practice." It was really just me pounding the ball as hard as I could … Continue reading That One Time I Cursed at God for Allowing Me to Sin

Sin Isn’t Totally Bad.

One of the more frustrating moments for me in my life is when I'm confronted with sin in my life. In fact, it's one of the quickest triggers for my anxiety and depression. Pull on that reminder of my weakness, my insufficiency, my sinfulness, and I'm likely to be frustrated, which makes me anxious, which … Continue reading Sin Isn’t Totally Bad.

Three Keys to Talking About “Hard Stuff” in the Church Context

This is part five of five in my five-part series on talking about the hard stuff within the church context. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 by clicking on the links.  I've been a lot more outspoken recently in groups of people about how I think the church is not willing to talk … Continue reading Three Keys to Talking About “Hard Stuff” in the Church Context

10 More Pieces of “Hard Stuff” We Need to Talk About More/Differently in the Church

This is part four of five in my five-part series on talking about the hard stuff within the church context. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 by clicking on the links. This is an extension of Part 3, kind of a Part 2 to Part 3. Basically, Part 4. 11) Technology use.  … Continue reading 10 More Pieces of “Hard Stuff” We Need to Talk About More/Differently in the Church

10 Pieces of “Hard Stuff” We Need to Talk About More/Differently in Church

Note: This is the third part in a five-part series about talking about the hard stuff. Find the first part here, and the second part here.  Enough prefacing. Here are 10 things we need to be talking about more or speaking about in a different way in the church context. 1) Sexual sin/addiction. I've written … Continue reading 10 Pieces of “Hard Stuff” We Need to Talk About More/Differently in Church

10 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About the Hard Stuff in Church

Note: This is the second part in a three-part series about talking about the hard stuff. Find the first part, "10 Reasons Why We Don't Talk About the Hard Stuff in Church," by clicking on the title. The third part will be the 10 most important "hard stuff" that needs to be discussed in church. … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About the Hard Stuff in Church

Being a ‘Christian Nation’ is Not the Point of the Gospel

I love America. Don't ever get me wrong on that point. I was in Dave & Buster's the other night with a few friends. We had just arrived and were standing in the front of the restaurant and the gang was trying to decide what to do. I was watching the US women's soccer team … Continue reading Being a ‘Christian Nation’ is Not the Point of the Gospel