Writings



Authoritarian Obsession

How Evangelicalism has become a breeding ground for categorization, stereotyping, and consolidation of worldly power.

January 15, 2019


The Mystic Insights of Paul

How altar calls and sinners' prayers miss the mark when it comes to understanding Paul's contemplative awareness of Christ-centered enlightenment.

December 10, 2018


Paul’s Alter Ego: Wretched-Man

There are times when sin and death seem all-powerful. But in the final reckoning, love and life are always, always more powerful still.

November 20, 2018


Augustine, Paul, Original Sin, and You

Jesus didn't reference it. Paul only touches upon it once in an allegory. So how did original sin become a foundational doctrine of Western Christianity?

November 7, 2018


Reclaiming the Storytelling Genius of Paul

For far too long, Romans 1 has been used to attack anyone Christian fundamentalists just don't like: atheists, gays, and followers of other religions. I'm calling it what it is: bad exegesis and a distortion of Paul's real narrative.

October 29, 2018


The Iconoclast, The Dreamer, The Slave

Before we can truly understand Paul's letter to the Romans, we need to understand Paul. And he was a character far more colorful, far more subtle than most people realize.

October 16, 2018


Love & Hate, War & Peace

The mixed legacy of Paul of Tarsus and what we can do to fall in love with his stories once again.

October 6, 2018


Is Social Justice in the Christian Gospel?

A critical examination of the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel and what it means for America's culture war.

September 19, 2018


A Man Walks Into an Evangelical Apologetics Conference

It was my idea to attend. Nobody forced me. Why then did I feel like such a spy?

September 5, 2018


Essential Jesus

Guest Post by Keith Giles

Have we become more obsessed with winning the culture wars than with pointing people to Jesus?

April 4, 2017


Who Are the Dones and Why Should We Care?

If you are at all concerned about the future of Jesus' people and His mission, then it's time to start caring. We are witnessing a profound shift in the religious landscape that will affect generations to come.

March 3, 2017


Alone in a Crowd: The Loss of Community in Contemporary Christianity

Guest Post by Alexa Chipman

Gathering together to worship God is also about being together and creating an atmosphere that fosters communication and connection.

February 23, 2017


My Unexpected Journey on the Camino de Santiago

Guest Post by Rod Wallace

It was a time to disengage from the routine, the rituals, the normal, the predictable. Being detached to get perspective and to receive that amazing sense of affirmation was an incredible gift.

January 5, 2017


From Charismatic Soaking to Centering Prayer: A Contemplative Journey

This is my story of discovering the joys of Christian mindfulness meditation, and a comparison between two comparable but ultimately very different spiritual practices.

August 9, 2016


5 Things Everyone Forgets About Doing Church According to the Apostle Paul

Given how many books, sermons, podcasts, and blog posts have been written about how to "do" church, it's curious how easily we forget some pretty basic stuff smack dab in the heart of Paul's epistles.

May 23, 2016


In Christ…alone?

The Apostle Paul had an attitude. No, not that kind of attitude. This kind of attitude: "May I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Question is, do we share that attitude?

April 7, 2015