The Church Must Learn From Its Past

There are gay people in our congregations. Who love God and who are deeply loved by Him. They worship the Father in all sincerity and truth and are at peace with themselves. Too often from the pulpits we offer rebuke and condemnation for our LGBT brothers and sisters, but we…

Southern Baptist Convention Approved Resolution Condemning the Alt-right After Initial Hesitation, Rejection, and Chaos

On June 14th the Southern Baptists Convention held a vote on a resolution to condemn the alt-right of whom white nationalists identify with. This resolution was brought by Rev. Dwight McKissic, an African-American clergyman from Arlington, TX. His resolution was rejected by the conventions Resolutions Committee before the meeting started.…

Am I Not The God of Second Chances? 

The Death Penalty is an egregious act that disproportionately affects minorities and the poor. The Justice System is broken. We need a major reform. This is a highly important matter to discuss and stand against for any person who knows what it means to “Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice.” as…

Medieval History of the Persecution of the Jewish People 

The Jewish people have been targets of hateful and often violent anti-Semitism since their inception. One of the major and most notable times this occurred was during the Middle Ages. Various factors contributed to the persecution of the Jewish people during this time. The question that will be posed and…

Theological Similarities and Diffrences Between Jonathan Edwards and Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The famous 18th century evangelist and revivalist Jonathan Edwards as well as the famed 19th century poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson grew up in highly religious atmospheres. Edwards was of a more conservative mindset while Emerson was a great deal more progressive in his thinking. There were times, however,…

Christians Do Sex Weird (or, Caligula Deposed)

Why is St. Paul so hung up on regulating the sex lives of his converts? Because in Imperial Rome, sex is violence. In Paul’s churches, this must change. Two millennia later, even in the shadow of the ‘sexual revolution’, there’s plenty of work to be done. Much of our sex…

Getting the Egypt Out of Israel, and Us

God exists or doesn’t, and everything takes shape accordingly. Our expectations should change given the reality of God or lack thereof – and our values. Of course, most of the folks I know who think there’s probably no God also think quite Christianly. One of my best friends in early…

Scripture and the Sanctity of Language

There are a handful of books I read on repeat. Franz Kafka’s The Trial. Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. The sort you stumble across that threaten to change your life for the better. One such book is Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. McEntyre is accomplished as all get-out. She writes on…

The Rebel Flag and the N-Word: A Reflection

Ever since the massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME church there has been a fierce debate over the Confederate Rebel battle flag. There are two sides to this debate. One side says that the flag symbolizes hate but the other says it’s about Southern Pride and heritage. The majority of black…

Hebrew and Greek Perspectives On Morality

The question of morality has been a crucial topic of numerous debates and discussions throughout time. Morality is the basis of how we should treat one another and a measure of what is right and wrong in society. Many have attempted to answer this question but none have been so…

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