I wrote a four-part series on the various Christian doctrines of the afterlife. Any evangelical has a pretty solid idea of heaven versus hell, and streets of gold versus fire and brimstone, but I’ve learned that the verses supporting those positions are not quite what I thought.
Dogmatism is often used to build a tribe, and strengthen its borders, often by threatening shunning for those who so much as question the dogma. But doctrinal humility and cheerfully welcoming uncertainty will ultimately build the Kingdom in ways that dogmatism cannot.
I interview a close friend about dualism and simplicity versus mystery and complexity, and how we can mature beyond the easy, simple faith we start believing.
Enjoy this interview with a close friend about deconstructing our understanding of tithing.
The Bible is full of apparent inconsistencies. What do we do with them, and is it possible that God actually is just fine with an imperfect collection of writings about the relationship between God and mankind? I think so, and here are some thoughts about why that is.
Some thoughts on infant baptism and universal salvation. It no longer seems quite as alien an idea as it did when I was steeped in evangelical theology.
I’ve been thinking about how I can safely and morally join with a church for missional work, even though I find myself fundamentally opposed to joining or building any institutional church. The word that came to me was “partnering,” and here are some thoughts.
I’ve been in an interesting place for a while now, trying to come to grips with a God who turns out to not meet my old expectations, and watching a lot of people who call themselves Christian act rather unlike the Jesus I read about in the Gospels. So I’ve been thinking hard about the nature of truth, and the nature of the Bible itself.