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Justly, Mercifully, Humbly

When I was young, my mother always taught me that God loves every person the same, no matter what they look like or where they’re from. And I was so lucky to see both her and my dad live that out to the best of their ability throughout my childhood. As the...

For the Skeptical Atheist

On this blog I call myself a skeptical believer. That is, I am a believer but I tend to habitually question everything. I don’t go for pat answers or religious cliches. For me this way of thinking is mostly a blessing as it makes me confident that the...

Ludicrous Belief, Go!

I finally wrote up the rough draft of a post on atheism (by which I mean the active belief that there is no Ultimate Creator) that I promised months ago. Hopefully that will be out in a few days. Before I post that one, though, I wanted to lay a little groundwork with...

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees, Coda

I want to tell you a personal story that illustrates why I get so angry that we’ve allowed ourselves to become known by the spirit of pride and condemnation. Before I get there, I should recognize that I’m often critical of the church in my writings. People may get...

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees, pt. 2

In America we Christians, fairly or not, have collectively become known to our culture to be like Pharisees. All of us, Catholics and Protestants alike, need to hear and learn from Jesus here: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I...

Christians Are Today’s Pharisees

I love Matthew 23. It’s Jesus laying down a no-holds-barred smackdown on the self-righteous Pharisees. It blows the caricature of a flannelgraph, mild-mannered inoffensive Jesus out of the water. Here’s the thing, though. Today, he’s speaking those words to us....

The Good Friday Deception

What’s so Good about Good Friday? There are those out there who believe Jesus’ crucifixion was in fact the crushing, final defeat it appeared to be. “My god, my god, why have you forsaken me?” (Eli eli lema sabachtani?)Matthew 27:46 Evidence, they say,...

The War on Christmas Needs You!

Seems like there’s a lot of talk on American news these days about The War On Christmas. I don’t know if regular people actually believe in this or whether it’s just something that the cable news channels drum up to manufacture ratings, but certain news personalities...