Christian! Shut Up When You're Ad Homineming Me!

In the movie “Wedding Crashers” yeah, don’t ask, there’s a classic line; “You Shut Your Mouth When You’re Talking To Me!” I feel like a deflated football when crucial theological conversations are co-opted by the intellectually immoral and ‘Ad Hominem’ users. Wait! What??? What does ‘Ad Hominem’ even mean? Okay, Fair enough… It’s a logical fallacy […]

10 Tips On How Not To Be Presumptuous With Your Bible Interpretations.

1. Don’t presume that your English Bible translations are accurate down to the ‘jot & tittle.’ 2. Don’t presume that because you have strung bible verses together making an iron clad logical argument, that there haven’t been logical fallacies committed along the way. 3. Don’t presume that another’s GRAMMATICAL-HISTORICAL-CULTURAL lenses from another age are more […]

Does Creed Kill Mission?

In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that “The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality […]

A Running List of Stuff That Shouldn't Be In The Bible:

According to  Bart D. Ehrman, These 8 verses and the entire section of John 8:1-11 don’t belong in the Bible: 1 John 5:7 Luke 22:44 Luke 22:20 Mark 16:17 Mark 16:18 John 5:4 Luke 24:12 Luke 24:51 His reasoning, appears to be based on some credible evidence which suggests that these verses were added at a […]

Are Bible words Magical?

Is the Bible Magical?   Ok, well, not really in a magical ‘Hocus Pocus’ or ‘Abracadabra’ incantational sort of way,  but perhaps in another?  If you responded to the initial question with a resounding “NO!” then does your use the Bible reflect an attitude that limits its power?  There are many who use the Bible personally, or apply its use toward […]

11 Perils of Liturgy & 11 Possibilities

I’m a Zero Liturgy sort of guy, or so I’d like to believe. There are many reasons for this, but I think I prefer the spontaneity and diversity of expressions when God’s people get together. Don’t get me wrong, I find high liturgies fascinating and know that practically every action has its ‘religious’ significance and […]

So, What's Wrong With The Epistles?

“Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the […]

Organic Theology?

Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we […]

Rohr’s Honest, Authoritative, but Questionable Hermeneutic.

When people say weird stuff about God or how He interacts with His people, and claim to be using The Bible to support those claims, you have to wonder what interpretive methods they’re using to arrive at their conclusions. Richard Rohr is refreshingly honest in explaining his approach when he says; “You deserve to know […]

In Him we LIVE and MOVE and 'HAVE' our BEING.

Sitting around chanting “Kumbaya” while passing existential weed wrapped in bible paper is apparently how some think the church should “be.” In essence, the thought is that Christians should be “doing” less and “being” more. It sort of a self deafeating proposition when you think about it. Encouraging others to simply “be,” requires action, or at […]