When Reverend Ray Hammond preaches, he electrifies the room. I saw lightning strike when he started his sermon with Ephesians 6:10-20. So did 10 people sitting with me. Usually, it takes more than an announcement of reference numbers to deliver revelation to a motley crew of Jews, Evangelicals, and Humanists at 9:30 AM on a […]
I admit that I am a self-confessed church hopper. I wear this badge of life-long spiritual seeking with both courage and regret. When something becomes stale, when the community looks too comfortable for its own good, I eventually resume my nomadic journey, taking in tow my family, which at times meets with more resistance from […]
In my last post, I characterized post-evangelicals as those whose evangelical heritage has become questionable and problematic. In this post, I discuss some of the particular questions we post-evangelicals discuss when we gather for a drink or a smoke: the questions of authority, evil, individual choice, and ethics & politics.
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk in the organized atheist, humanist, skeptic and freethought movements about the potential benefits and drawbacks of interfaith work. Over at Patheos, the Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, Roy Speckhardt, recently made an excellent case that—while the terminology of “interfaith” may be problematic and there are several other important […]
This whole “who am I/where do I belong” exercise has been fine for the last decade. I can wax theoretical with my peers, and at the end of the day, I know that it is only my own unresolved struggles that sleep in my head. But, my wife is due to give birth at some point this month, and suddenly theories about where I am spiritually no longer cut it.
Are mega-churches more intimate than small congregations? Are atheists more superstitious or likely to believe in the paranormal than conservative Christians? Do many Americans believe some “non-religious” people are going to heaven? Are Evangelicals slightly less politically active than other Americans? Has the percentage of atheists in America remained the same since 1944? The answers to all of these questions may very well be…yes.
Over the past few days, one three-word tweet has put the evangelical world into a tizzy: Farewell Rob Bell. The tweet came from John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN and the veritable Godfather of the neo-reformed evangelical establishment (for more on Piper’s influence, see my previous post on evangelicals and interreligious […]
Is conflict inevitable? Fighting and fighting words aside, relations between Evangelicals and Muslims are far from uniform.
Those familiar with the Chik-Fil-A restaurant chain have known for quite a long time that the ownership is explicitly conservative Christian, which hasn’t meant much for people who like to eat there except that they must remember it’s closed on Sundays. But recently it has come out (pardon the expression) that the company also contributes […]
Four days ago, David Kato was brutally murdered in Mukono, a town about 13 miles east of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. He was one of Uganda’s leading gay rights activists. Inspired by the time he spent in South Africa during its transition from apartheid, Kato courageously helped found and served as an officer for […]