“An Evangelical Walks into a Bar…”

In 1980 I was a newlywed working as a bank coin teller. There were a lot of silver coins in circulation back then, and the price of silver was skyrocketing toward an all-time high. At one point I sold roll of silver dimes (face value: $5.00) to a coin dealer across from the train station near my home for $35.00. If I had waited a few months, I could have sold it for $100.00. One … Continue reading

The End of Forgiveness

In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting, this time at a church in Texas, a journalist posed a question to me and several other of her Facebook friends who are engaged in one or another type of Christian ministry: “How do you balance forgiveness and anger after a tragedy like this weekend’s Texas shooting? Where does ‘turn the other cheek’ end and righteous anger for change begin?” I don’t know how effectively, for … Continue reading

A New Hymn for Progressive Churches

It’s never too late to add a new hymn to our hymnals. And what better way to do it by updating an old melody with lyrics suited to the present socio-political realities that each of us face each and every day? With that in mind, we’ve taken a classic tune that just about everybody knows and reinterpreted it for a generation that has little use for such concepts as sin, grace, and redemption. So, in … Continue reading

Kim Jong Un: the Jim Jones and David Koresh of East Asia

The Wall Street Journal story titled “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat” appeared three days ago (Monday, August 14) at 9:36 p.m. (ET). Kim Jong Un had taken his military belt off his socialist pants and was all set to administer a nuclear spanking to the bad-boy U.S. when suddenly, for some inexplicable reason he strapped the belt back around his waist. Instead, he wagged his chubby little index finger at the U.S. armada … Continue reading

N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell

If you want a quick-but-tedious way to separate some of the shallower evanjellyfish from the more theologically-serious evangelicals in your circle of friends, here’s a simple method: call N.T. Wright a heretic. It’s quick because the blowback you will surely experience can be timed in microseconds. It’s tedious because you will be subjected to a series of overweeningly shrill diatribes, accompanied by confident insinuations that anyone who says such a thing is a divisive dolt. … Continue reading

Partying Like It’s 1648: Why Muslims Are So Different

Depending on who you listen to, Muslims in the U.S. either want Sharia law to the be the law of the land here, or they don’t. They are either seeking to transform North America into the next caliphate, or they’re not. They either want to impose on us a culture that seemingly hasn’t progressed much beyond a medieval mindset, or they don’t. Seemingly endless arguments abound on the Internet over whether it’s possible to practice … Continue reading