This is over a week old, but the SNL's fake movie trailer Djesus Uncrossed has caused quite a hubbub. Many were offended by this, but should they be? After all, this is basically what many American evangelical Christians think really is going to happen. Whether it is the Left Behind series or popular end-times belief, … Continue reading Djesus Uncrossed: To Be Offended or Challenged?
When I had questions about my faith as a college student, reading Christian apologetic books was incredibly helpful. Working with college students now, answering questions about Christian faith is a central part of the ministry. Apologetics serves a good purpose: tearing down barriers to faith and providing positive reasons for Christian faith. That said, I have become … Continue reading Frustrations with Christian Apologetics – We Need to Do Better
Eleven years ago this weekend I danced in the Penn State dance marathon. It is still one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life. Penn State has been doing THON for decades with the purpose of raising money to fight childhood cancer. The fundraising each year culminates in the actual dance marathon … Continue reading For the Kids – PSU Dance MaraTHON!
Growing up in the church I got the impression that there were two sorts of Christians: those called by God to do fantastic things such as pastors and missionaries, and the rest who had to spend their time in less holy and unimportant jobs. It was almost as if the sole purpose of Christianity was … Continue reading Work Matters and Love Does (Review of Books on Vocation)
John Wesley was struggling with doubt about the sincerity of his faith. The year was 1738 and though he was a preacher he was unsure whether he was even truly a Christian. He says he was convinced of unbelief and felt that because of this he must stop preaching. After all, how could he preach … Continue reading Doubt and Faith – Walking with the Saints
Wolverine is a member of the X-Men, portrayed by Jean Valjean...I mean, Hugh Jackman, in the films. He apparently converted to Christianity in the early 1990s due to the influence of fellow mutant, Nightcrawler: (HT: Unsettled Christianity and James McGrath) Here's a cool story of another conversion to Christianity, this time a professor of literature … Continue reading Stories of Conversion: Wolverine, an Atheist Professor and a Former Member of Wesboro Baptist.
I want to start this review off in a very cheesy way, so here we go: If you only read one book on Christian apologetics this year, maybe even in your life, read this one! Yes, it is that good and I did enjoy it that much. Come on, just reading the title of the … Continue reading The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (A Review)
There are many times when being a parent terrifies me. One example is when I think about the sort of world my daughter is going to grow up in. Articles like this one make me sick, scared and angry: Children and the Culture of Pornography: "Boys will ask you everyday until you say yes." … Continue reading Culture of Pornography, Sexting and Trafficking (Recent Reads)