So, a few months ago (or maybe longer or shorter, I’m too lazy to look it up right now) I posted a podcast on How to Talk to People You Disagree With. Today’s post has two purposes: First, one of our listeners, Nathan Kitchen, designed a wonderful infographic based off the episode and we wanted […]
One cannot use Jesus and Paul as a justification for pathology–and excuse to see a gospel-survival conflict at every point of disagreement.
The “fall” of humanity, as some Christians understand it, completely dependent on Augustine’s misreading of one verse in the book of Romans.
Does the Old Testament portray Adam’s disobedience in the garden of Eden as the cause of universal human sinfulness and guilt? No it doesn’t. Not even remotely.
In The Sin of Certainty, I tell a brief story about the time I was in middle school and made myself a sandwich. After I was done, I tied up the bag and tossed it onto the counter a few feet away. My mom, who had grown up in Europe during World War II (the Big One, […]
I know the title of this post might sound offensive, but don’t give in to that feeling. I’m probably not even talking to you. The title channels something I read by C. S. Lewis somewhere in the past (that I really don’t feel like looking up right now) and that I also heard from Jon. D. Levenson while […]
Strictly speaking, no. Not even unstrictly speaking. All this Jesus business doesn’t simply “follow” what the Bible (namely, the Old Testament) “says.” It transforms that sacred text. Actually, if I can lay my cards out on the table right at the beginning, the Christian faith is at its roots a Jewish one. It is one […]
Ever wonder what it means for Jesus to die “for” others? Yeah, me too. I get how someone can take a bullet for his buddy, or pleading with the kidnappers to“take me instead.” I’m talking about Jesus and the cross, which is more than just Jesus filling in for someone else. According to the New […]
Every once in a while people disagree with me. I know. Shocking. What kind of a sick, twisted world do we live in, anyway? I hear the following from time to time, and so might you: “Instead of following the Bible, you’re just caving into culture.” I often hear this, for example, when evolution is […]
The title of this post might not win me many friends, but that’s OK since I don’t actually have any actual friends. Plus, I’m right. Christians talk about how God is—unlike us—constant and doesn’t change. And I think this is a wonderful thought that I don’t have any serious quibbles about (though some theologians do, […]