Many people take it as Jesus' definitive statement on Christian exclusivity: Have faith in Jesus, go to heaven. But so many things are wrong with this way of using the Bible.
Memorial Day is a time to remember suffering, but not to see it as an end in itself. Instead, pain is the beginning of a process that produces endurance, character and ultimately hope.
I understand fully the abusive theology of Piper because I used it and I have had it used on me. This abusive theology comes from a rather dark place in each of us. Some of us have learned to control it or ignore it or overcome it. Others use it for gain.
Philanthropists and businessmen and women met this spring in Malaysia, believing their gifts of entrepreneurship matter to Christian witness and kingdom deployment.
She goes, I was told, by many names: Lady Of Shadows. Holy Girl. Lady of the Night. The Skinny Lady. Santa Sebastiana. Frowned upon by the Church and the upper classes, worshiped secretly for centuries by the working classes, Santa Muerte has become the patron saint of the downtrodden.
When Billie Sol died, a door closed in a religious tradition that nurtured many and promised more than it could deliver.
During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.
Biblical passages to which conservative Christians appeal on these issues can be interpreted differently. But even those convinced that conservatives do not interpret the Bible correctly in these cases must concede that they do so consistently.
As we have learned anew, tornadoes are indiscriminate terrors, but they cannot match the reservoirs of compassion we tap in moments like these.
There's a false gospel on the loose in the evangelical church. And it is nothing less than a diabolical doctrine that comes clothed in a bright, angelic, counterfeit message of "reconciliation."
True friendship requires a lot of hard work, not to mention trust and respect. Sometimes it's just easier to fall back on easy-to-spout doctrinal judgments rather than to invest in learning and understanding others.
Christians have not always been such enemies of science. Aside from the occasional embarrassment, science often thrived in explicitly Christian settings. This is the heritage that Christians must reclaim and reassert.
A thriller incorporating the work of the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri, 18th century philosopher Thomas Malthus and 21st century gene manipulation, the novel puts into perspective differences between Catholic and Jewish visions of hell, and the way our respective histories have shaped our contemporary circumstances.
Hell-busters exude the Spirit. They give off a Christ-like spirit. When you're in their presence, you can almost smell holiness. But the holiest of holy smoke has a tinge of the burnt smell with it. It's a smell that tells you it's been slightly singed near the fires of burning flesh and souls on fire.
In coming to a greater understanding of Christian masculinity, I am calling us to introspect and to adopt more fitting approach -- one that bears the fruit of Scripture's high calling, "reconciling the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers."
A first book is not always notable, but in this case it is. "Cut Dead" isn't a book that came out to meet a tenure requirement. It is a call to action and a blueprint for a response.