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Morgan Guyton is the associate pastor of Burke United Methodist Church in Burke, Virginia. He contributes to Red Letter Christians, Think Christian, Ministry Matters, and the Huffington Post, among others. Morgan has spent his life trying to figure out what it means that God "desires mercy not sacrifice" (Mt 9:13). Check out his personal blog at http://morganguyton.wordpress.com.

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How You Can Tell If a Christian Is Really 'Saved': When They Stop Needing to Be Right

(78) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 12:33 PM

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Take up your cross and follow me. It's what Jesus tells his followers to do and a basic summary of what the Christian life is about. Many Christians interpret this to mean making sacrifices. Not doing things that other people can do...

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Why My Heart is Torn Between Russian Orthodoxy and Pussy Riot

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:01 PM

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A few months ago, one of the scowls at First Things wrote a post making fun of emergenty evangelicals like me for dabbling in the theology and sacred ambiance of high church traditions like Orthodoxy and Catholicism without being willing...

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A Response to Bill Maher's Comments About God

(160) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:46 PM

I've been reading an interview with outspoken atheist comedian Bill Maher in The Atlantic. The interviewer asked him a question about God, and his answer was intriguing to me. The question was along the lines of Pascal's Wager: "What if you're wrong and you're dooming yourself to hell? Do...

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Were There Mushrooms in Eden?

(24) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 5:57 PM

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There are few things that make me smack my head more than the idea that Adam and Eve's bite into an apple caused all of the decay and disease that exists in the world. I've written

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When Pro-life Goes Frankenstein: The Case of Marlise Munoz

(12) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 9:25 AM

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Erick and Marlise Munoz were both paramedics. They were both around life-and-death situations on a daily basis. After Marlise went through her brother's tragic death, she told Erick that if anything ever happened to her, she didn't want a machine to...

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The Three "Family Values" Behind Black Friday

(10) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 5:10 PM

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As I was reading several interviews with people standing in line for this year's Black Friday, it hit me that we're misdiagnosing Black Friday if we think that it's merely a reflection of America's greed. Greedy people don't need to put...

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The God of No Compromise and the Government Shutdown

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:27 AM

vader cross ver 2For many of us who grew up evangelical, the word "compromise" has always been a bad word. It means to allow non-Christian values and influences to corrupt your devotion to Biblical truth....

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The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism

(1428) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 9:48 AM

On the eve of our government shutdown, I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown. I'm interested in understanding what account of Christianity creates the "no compromise" crusade that the Tea Party has become...

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Can God Make People Who Don't Fit Into Our Boxes? The Transgender Question

(86) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 7:44 PM

Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college, recently decided to fire a theology professor named Heath Adam Ackley (formerly Heather Clements) for coming out as transgender. It got me thinking about a basic conflation that I think conservative evangelicals like Russell Moore are making in how they react to...

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Why the Dream Has Been Deferred

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:57 PM

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You can't say the N word anymore. You get sued if you racially discriminate in your hiring process. White kids grow up listening to rap music and (if they're not too "Christian") going to public school with black...

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7 Obnoxious Jesus Jukes

(287) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 9:22 AM

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The phrase "Jesus juke" was originally coined by Jon Acuff in a 2010 post on his blog "Stuff Christians Like." Jesus jukes are moves that you make in online conversation to showcase your superior Jesus-ness at the expense of other people...

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Unsafe in Black and White America

(8) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:22 AM

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I was frustrated when I took this picture from the fifth row at a recent Lynyrd Skynyrd concert because I wanted a picture of the eagle that is the symbol of "Free Bird," one of my favorite songs of all time, but there...

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What Are the 'Weightier Matters of the Law'? [Matthew 23:23]

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 2:22 PM

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "weightier matters of the law"? It sounds like they would be the parts of the Bible that are hard for a modern world to accept. Evangelical Christians in our time tend to litmus-test their faith according to their loyalty to what...

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Christian Holiness and the Gay Marriage Debate

(145) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 11:00 PM

If there ever comes a time when evangelical Christians are known for something other than their opposition to homosexuality, maybe today's Supreme Court ruling will help. But the gift of the gay marriage debate has been its exposure of two entirely different visions for Christian holiness. Some Christians define holiness...

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Christian Salvation as Pentecost

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 4:20 PM

To prepare for Pentecost, I've been reading Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong's "The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh." Yong argues for a "pneumatological soteriology" (Spirit-centered account of salvation) that "would be in contrast to soteriologies that tend to bifurcate the work of Christ and of the Spirit ... articulated by...

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My Wife Is Not a Rotisserie Chicken or Leaky Faucet

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 6:24 PM

Complementarian megachurch pastors are like pitchers who only throw 40-mile-an-hour change-ups. It feels cheap and dirty to swing at their pitches, but I'm genuinely bothered by what I've been hearing lately from that strange foreign land where Christians believe that wives are supposed to submit to their husbands. First I...

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Bob Edgar: A Christian for the Common Good (1943-2013)

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:34 AM

He always had a joke for the pastor in the handshake line, often a slapstick pun characteristic of an older guy who didn't mind being corny. He carried himself with the confidence of an ordained Methodist minister, former congressman, seminary president and National Council of Churches secretary-general, but he was...

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Why Is a Famous Evangelical Pastor Defending Slavery?

(158) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 11:38 PM

I was recently made aware of a debate going on in the neo-reformed Gospel Coalition corner of the world that I tend to avoid. Doug Wilson, a pastor from Moscow, Idaho, argued in his book "Black and Tan" that the abolitionist movement was wrong and the Civil War should never...

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How Did Jesus Come to Love Guns and Hate Sex?

(106) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:02 PM

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If I were a non-Christian looking from the outside in, I don't think it would be unreasonable to think that American Christians' two highest priorities right now are keeping the government from taking away our guns and stopping gay people...

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The 5 Cs of Christian Mansplanation

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:32 PM

The word "mansplain" is a term that describes a common social media behavior engaged in usually by men but occasionally by women. Christian mansplanation usually involves a guy with a low social IQ (often in his early 20s or late teens) whose expertise in the faith obliges him to...

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