ISIS, genocide, and the real test of who we love

If you’re a politician, condemning ISIS is about as risky Lois Griffin’s “9/11 was bad” campaign speech. Still, there is something remarkable about the resolution that passed Congress this week—one of the few things to pass Congress lately, much less with bipartisan support—and the declaration made by John Kerry, accusing ISIS of genocide. Both statements … Continue reading ISIS, genocide, and the real test of who we love

What an atheist’s crucifix taught my child about faith

It was a crucifix that caught my daughter’s eye during ArtPrize this year. There’s no shortage of crucifixes to be found at the annual art competition. From the 2011 popular vote winner, depicting a bored looking, white American Jesus backlit by a Kinkade-esque sunset, to one of this year’s installations, “The Moment, Endured,” a more … Continue reading What an atheist’s crucifix taught my child about faith

Jesus died because you didn’t clean your room (and other things we tell our kids)

Last week was VBS at my church. It was the first time my daughter was old enough to participate. I filled in as a backup crew leader. Think small group leader, but with more herding kids from one activity to the next. Also, pretending to know the motions to the songs, which occasionally meant spinning in circles … Continue reading Jesus died because you didn’t clean your room (and other things we tell our kids)

Polarization and the church: is a third way possible?

Last week, the Pew Research Center shared their findings from a 20-year study of polarization in American politics. The short version: it’s getting worse. But polarization is not just a political phenomenon. It’s a religious one too. Polarization is more than just disagreement with someone. It’s the tendency to view that person as your enemy, … Continue reading Polarization and the church: is a third way possible?

Questioning the evangelical answer machine

As Christians, we like to have the answers. It’s the whole “asking questions” part we’re not so sure about. Take a look at how much energy the evangelical industrial complex devotes to giving answers. If you search for products with the word “answer” in them, one Christian retail site has more than 16,000 results. The Jesus Answer Book. The Bible … Continue reading Questioning the evangelical answer machine