Silence Is Not An Option: Some Thoughts on Justice & Inequality

Looking back on this essay from July of 2013, about the hysteria surrounding the trial of George Zimmerman regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I find that considering all that with all that has happened since, with Ferguson MO and NYC, this essay remains very applicable.  So I decided to edit it a little and…

Faith, Reason & Progress: A Response to Neil Degrasse Tyson

Recently I stumbled over the very winsome and articulate Neil Degrasse Tyson.  He is a fantastic communicator; disarmingly casual, witty and entertaining.  He seems intelligent, yet without an air of condescension; clever and still humble enough to recognize that he doesn’t have all the answers.  And yet, for some reason he made the assertion in…

What The Gungor Controversy Tells Us About The American Church

In case you are one of the few people who are even less aware of what is happening inside the glass walls of the American Church than I am, there is a major controversy currently over comments made by the worship band and Dove award winner Gungor (Here is an excellent article from the Christian…

Love Your Enemy: Reflections On The Orthopraxis Of Mercy & Grace

My daughter and I were talking the other day about the biblical exhortation to do good to those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-36).  It is a difficult thing for us to wrap our heads around but the scripture is clear.  Even psychology bears witness to the reality that the unkindness which stems from unforgiveness is…

Economics, Equality, Crayons & the Cross

My kids were coloring the other day and their cache of crayons was getting low, consisting mostly of worn down nubs and broken pieces.  So their mother got out two new boxes of crayons and added them to the cache.  She returned to check on them a few minutes later only to discover that they…

Mechanics & Meaning: The Nye-Ham Debate

Recently there was a highly publicized and mostly disappointing debate between the Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, Founder of the Christian organization Answers In Genesis.  Now in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that I love Bill Nye and appreciate all that he did for Science Education back…

Making Sense Of The Day Of Pentecost

Acts 2 details the events of the first Pentecost following the resurrection and ascension of Messiah.  Too often this text is interpreted through the broken hermeneutic of popular Christian theological systems which, due to their inherently anti-Semitic prepositions, often emphasize the wrong aspects of the text.  In doing so, they render a narrative of it…

Making Sense Of The Bible – An Introduction

Knowing the right Bible answers is not the same thing as knowing the God of the Bible. Unfortunately this distinction is far too often overlooked and thus the text is approached rather haphazardly, as though it is of little consequence how one understands it so long as their answers fit the system they have aligned…

Atheism, Christianity & The Elephant

Let us attend to the Elephant that is not actually in the room… As someone who is naturally skeptical; who is distrustful of institutions which lay claim to authority by virtue of their own existence; who believes that the pursuit of truth must trump all other biases and preconceptions – I have often found myself…

Spiritual Leadership: Acting as Prophet, Priest & King

Being a Pastor is one of the most rewarding things I have ever had the privilege to do.  It is second only to the privilege of being the Head of my Household, having the opportunity to pour my Life into my wife and children.  But though it is fun, it is far from easy; for…