Simply put, I'm feeling called back to the worship of God in Christ, and I can't deny it even if I wanted to.
In order to stop the slide and correct our nation's course, all who have legitimate concerns must learn to work together in supernatural harmony, unity, and commitment. Thomas Paine is still right: "It is not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies."
How can we pretend that the various scriptures, dogmas, ethics and rituals all lead to one universal truth? Only one not well versed in various religions could be so oblivious of the vast differences.
Whenever the church forgets its true role, and becomes tyrannical in judging others' spirituality or self-righteous in celebrating its own sovereignty, it stands in danger of becoming an empty vessel.
Jesus would send out an emergency text to his homegirls to come rescue him. He'd stall in the meantime: "Mark, I'm really flattered that you've devoted your entire ministry to me. That means a lot. Tell me more about what attracted you to Christianity." Mark would lean over and whisper two words in Jesus' ear: "Real. Men."
If we must look for an ideological culprit for the horrific way we treat animals in factory farms in our contemporary culture, we would do well to blame both the Industrial Revolution and free market economics -- products, not of Christianity, but the secular Enlightenment.
Before I write anything I always open my bible. If you aren't like-minded this may sound bonkers: Everything in there is give or take 2,000 years old, but this is the meaning of 'The Living Word.' It can and will speak to you.
Now, as special session begins to consider the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013, I realize it's finally time to come out and declare the difficult yet joyful truth: I am a liberal Christian who supports gay marriage.
"Are we allowed to trick or treat if we're Jewish?" I don't recall my father's answer but judging by his fervor of instilling fear into the hearts of children each October 31st , I presume he was supportive of our idolatrous fun.
When I was seven years old in the mid-'80s, Mom started taking my brother and me to Grace Bible Baptist Church and School in rural New Hampshire.
Leaders of progressive Christianity have taken advantage of the platform to let the world know that not all Christians subscribe to the stridently anti-gay Christianity espoused by organizations as the American Family Association and the National Organization for Marriage.
Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"
Such a decision cannot be accepted and defended even if it was directed at one newspaper or a single person. This decision, which is completely against Islam, a religion of peace and brotherhood, must be reversed and there must be freedom of expression for everyone.
Driscoll and MacArthur become magnets for holier-than-thou snarkiness, especially when they launch disruptive publicity ploys. The anti-Driscollites mutate into mirror images of their nemesis, raising their blog hits, but accomplishing little else.
So Satan's Birthday is coming up and I wanted to talk to an expert about it. Here's the transcript of a conversation I recently had with a Religious Studies professor about Halloween and the Christians who hate/boycott/are afraid of it.
An interfaith union provides an extraordinary opportunity to make the political personal, to challenge the status quo, and to embrace the kind of tolerance that will benefit us all.