Tweet How You Wish To Be Tweeted

We’ll call it the Golden Rule of the Digital Age: tweet others how you wish to be tweeted. Like the real Golden Rule, I don’t always practice it, but it’s a pretty good way to avoid becoming a troll. Recently, I tweeted about my growing discomfort with (proclaiming) Christians who support Trump and his policies. Here’s […]

Book Review: Meet Generation Z

Well, we’re running out of letters to identify generations, but that doesn’t mean we should stop learning about the human up-and-comers. Author James Emery White’s new book, Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World, attempts to explain who these people are and how the Church can reach them. This book (published by […]

Lost in Translation: The Curious Case of Moses’ Horns

If you grew up in an evangelical church like me, you might be familiar with the catchy children’s song, The B-I-B-L-E. It goes a little something like this, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.” (Now imagine me as a little moppet be-bopping around church […]

McJesus: McDonald’s at the Vatican

Would you like fries with your Jesus? Evidently, the Vatican does, and some people are none too pleased. McDonald’s officially opened a location in a Vatican City building owned by the Catholic Church. While there are several fast food restaurants nearby, this is the first to pay rent (in the amount of about $33,000 per month) […]

Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower

Who would Jesus hate? Tom Krattenmaker poses this question in his poignant and timely book, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus For Those Who Don’t Believe. Krattenmaker asks the “WWJH” question in response to today’s tense and vitriolic political climate wherein the “others” are often vilified. Lots of Christians wonder what Jesus would do […]

The Radical Gospel of Mr. Rogers

If you are one of the millions of people who grew up with Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, you know what an extraordinary person Fred Rogers was. As America’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers created a world where it was ok to be different, angry, sad, or quiet. Whether you were in a wheelchair, sang opera, or were […]

Does God Want You To Be Rich?

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Mark 10:25). I learned this verse when I was in elementary school. I was from a lower income family, so I wasn’t worried about what it meant for me. But I remember the teacher said this […]

Trump: The Personification of Scientology?

Many consider the Church of Scientology to be one of the world’s most fascinating and bizarre religious traditions. The church’s Hollywood presence and secretive practices make it intriguing. In addition to its peculiar practices and high-profile members, Scientology’s litigiousness and aggression against former members raises eyebrows. Typically, churches don’t make a habit out of suing people who […]

How is Coffee Changing Christianity?

If you’ve been to an evangelical, Pentecostal, or non-denominational Christian church in the last few years, you may have noticed a new refreshment in the lobby: coffee. And lots of it. And, I’m not talking about a crappy pot of diner brew, I’m talking Starbucks. In the foyers. Of churches. Christians aren’t known for indulging in […]

How is Porn Affecting the Church?

Chastity, abstinence, and modesty are strong themes within many religious traditions. Believers are expected to treat their bodies as metaphorical temples of God, and be faithful spouses. Many see adultery as both antithetical to a successful marriage and a betrayal of God. As such, how are Christians handling the murky waters of pornography? Given porn’s ubiquity and accessibility in the digital age, […]