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My son was taught this story at his daycare when he was 3. Two weeks later he told me that the pumpkin we were carving was filled up with “yucky sin.” The following day his teacher and I had a talk…

Coffeehouse Theology-Reflecting on God in Everyday Life Sadly, I’m still working my way through this title. It’s taking me awhile, not because I don’t like it-I actually like it a lot-but because of time. But I thought I would go ahead and mention it at my blog. As the title suggests, this book is about theology. And as I’ve recently learned-I’m a theologian. Or at least according to my friend Adam. Adam is a pastor, and I don’t hold that against him. In fact, I pretty much look…

There’s a handful of artists, songs, and rumors about artists and songs that make me wonder if there’s a springtime coming for music about faith and spirituality.

The Christian music duo Shane & Shane sing a song called “Though You Slay Me,” a worship song about suffering which features an excerpt of a John Piper sermon. Though it’s been out for several months, I’d not heard the song before yesterday. And to be honest, the lyrics (some of which were borrowed from the Book of Job) troubled me. I come, God, I come I return to the Lord The one who’s broken The one who’s torn me apart You struck down to bind me up…

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Francis Chan LOVES creepy IHOP pastor, Mike Bickle

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Yesterday I posted this. Several people (here and on Facebook) asked me to explain  my conversation with Elias’s teacher. A couple people asked why I felt the need to speak with his teacher about the “pumpkin illustration.” So I thought I’d offer a follow-up post to explain… Why did I talk to Elias’s teacher? For one thing, because he was 3! And not almost 4, either, though that wouldn’t have made much of a difference. I likely would have discussed the use of this illustration with his teacher…

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I’ve always asked questions about the Christian faith, about my faith. In the eighth grade, after my Bible teacher explained his Baptist theology for how Jesus’s death and resurrection conquered the gates of Hell, I raised my hand and asked “then why do Baptists believe Hell still exists if Jesus conquered it”? Did he just conquer part of it? Why didn’t he take care of the whole thing? Didn’t he technically create it? My questions didn’t go over so well. But as far as I was concerned, inside…

Over at Christianity Today’s Gleanings blog they showcased a new song called False Teachers by reformed rapper Shai Linne. “The rise of Reformed rap continues to draw praise—and controversy.On Shai Linne’s new album, “Lyrical Theology, Pt. 1: Theology,” which released Tuesday, the Christian rapper does more than just drop a few beats. Linne also drops the names of 12 prominent pastors whom he calls “false teachers.”In the pre-released single “Fal$e Teacher$,” Linne calls out Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, and Joyce Meyer, among others, for making “bogus statements,…

The following post is my opinion, one based on experiences and conversations that I’ve had over the years. Rachel Held Evans is trending. Huffington Post, Yahoo, Slate.com, and many more have covered posted stories about Rachel. On Monday, Rachel, along with her husband, Dan, will be on the Today Show. And I couldn’t be more excited for my friend. I had the privilege of reading A Year of Biblical Womanhood this past summer and offering an endorsement of the book. A Year of Biblical Womanhood is thoughtful, witty,…

Last week at the Story Conference in Chicago, Phil Vischer shared his story. It was a good story, one that included detailed thoughts and commentary about starting Big Idea, voicing “Bob”, and the lessons he learned when he lost it all. Phil is a wonderful storyteller. He’s honest, articulate, and offered some good bits of wisdom for those of us in attendance. But one of the themes of his talk, a theme that I hear a lot of evangelicals bringing up these days, left me a little frustrated….