Idolatrous Goat Weirdness

Let me explain. Tonight I was talking to my students about a fairly cringe-worthy subject related to idol worship; the whole context of the classic who-do-you-say-that-I-am business in Matthew 16; and beastly, sexual awkwardness in the public square of the Phillippi Jesus took his youth group (disciples) to. Jesus was asking the question in the…

Exorcist-In-Chief (Part II): Christian Optimism Is Boring – Guest Post

Christian Optimism is Boring. After Trump won the Presidential Election (God, help us all), I was surprised by my Facebook feed. It was so…boring. Granted, every single post was election-related, which was expected, but nevertheless, I. Was. So. Bored. Why? This: “Guys, let’s just all remember that no matter what happens tonight, we’re all people…

The Outsider God

God Is Unreasonable or The Outsider God.  “… the world You (God) had made, made You an outcast.” -Dylan I have this growing sense that if I find that the actions and even the words of Jesus to be rational, I have diminished or destroyed the power of the story in my mind and experience. This…

Controversial: Why I Write What I Write

I was hungry… My friend Jeremy and I were having a celebratory breakfast because finals, and my anxiety, were momentarily appeased! He was being an encouragement to me, and I gave him some encouragement as well. After catching up over our meal, I began to share with him my insecurities and some of the issues…

God And Country, the After Party!

“Here I am.” Many people have read my previous article on the very present need for believers everywhere to rid themselves of the leaven of the political fire. This is not to say that Jesus was not political, for He was! But Jesus was political in the sense that he was consistent in His deconstruction…

I Don’t Want to Go to Heaven

I was recently going to eat some southern Texas bar-b-cue with my wife, and as we pulled up to the restaurant I was already salivating. Walking up to the cashier to give her our order, I noticed a stack of gospel tracts for the customer to grab. On the front of the tract the following question was…