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Rethinking What It Means to be a Christian
Originally Posted: 04/11/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

More and more, I’m seeing that the issue is not doctrine; it’s attitude. It’s not theology; it’s posture. It’s not the brain; it’s the heart. “You are not only a coward but a non- ...

Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

5 Things We Learned About Pope Francis From His Blockbuster Interview
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats), and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate ...

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones. During the Ch ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

What Do We Believe: Affirmations of Faith and Invitations for Expression
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The following is my attempt to draft a Christian contextual creed. A “creed” is an authoritative expression of belief, and within many religious communities, such statements gene ...

Spirited Debate
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The premise of the interview was a discussion of my book, Banned Questions About the Bible, but you’ll soon realize as you listen that we got into all sorts of other interesting topics, such as salvation, inte ...

Romney Courts Evangelicals With `Judeo-Christian’ Values
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by scarce ...

Colorado Springs and the Wrath of an Angry God
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Colorado Springs really must have angered God. I’m not sure what the city's residents have done, but He has to have a reason for burning up homes and possessions. One thing we know: God sends messages thr ...

Pope Wants Catholic Colleges to Ensure Faculty is Faithful to Church Doctrine
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:25am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (May 5) called on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to do more to affirm their "Catholic identity," particularly by ensuring the do ...

Lapsed Catholics Explain Why They Leave Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 7:24pm | Type: Blog

TRENTON, N.J. — As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred Catholics were asked what issues they would raise if they could speak to the bishop for five minutes. The ...

Thesis vs Jesus: When it Comes to Faith, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Galatians 3:22: Is it the faith of Jesus or faith in Jesus that’s the key? The following is an excerpt from Banned Questions About Jesus , edited by the author: Galatians ...

John Schmalzbauer answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Retired political scientist Lyman Kellstedt says there is no single way to define the term "evangelical." But this does not mean we can redefine evangelicalism in our own image. While dreaming of wha ...

Deconstructing Harry: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "the Doctrine of Devils"?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian "[Wallis'] ideology is not Christian Glad to see you on this, Tim. Glad to see you on this, Tim. Jackso ...