As we've traveled to various festivals across the country, I have met literally thousands of potential viewers. It's been a fascinating, educational journey, and I've made plenty of new friends. But at times it's also been frustrating.
've come to believe that the differences among American Christians can be boiled down to one fundamental theological difference: hell. The belief in hell on earth (or not) is especially evident in the platforms of politicians who reference faith among their significant influences.
We think we really can win this precarious game of one-upmanship against our enemies. At what point do the violent acts done in the name of "civilization" cause us to ask whether a civilization whose existence demands such bloodshed is worth protecting?
What a surprise: An evangelical leader takes advantage of a tragic situation to utter foolish and insensitive remarks designed not to comfort the afflicted but rather to remind us why he and his people are right, and the rest of the world is wrong.
Chad has eliminated all online traces possible of his former self. I would be surprised if he hasn't already signed to write at least one book with a Christian publisher in the evergreen "He was lost to the sin of sexual addiction, but now he's found genre.
As I listen to the campaign speeches of President Obama and Gov. Romney , it seems to me that it boils down to this central question: Which do we want ... "every person for him/herself" OR "we're all in this together"?
There is a man standing in front of you, and he hates you. He hates you to the point where all other instances of hate you've experienced now seem to require a different, lesser word, because they're a different, lesser emotion than what this man feels for you at this moment.
"One minute, you're standing behind some scofflaw trying to get eleven items through the ten times or less line; next thing, you're the main character in one of those jokes where the representatives of three different social classes are being asked a leading question by St. Peter."
"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."
Now what makes this even more complicated is the fact that most of the statements about Hell found in the Bible are said by Jesus. The one who is leading me to question Hell, seems to be the very one who teaches it.