When Jesus said, “I am the way,” he didn’t mean what you think …

In a reflection written almost exactly four years ago, I touched on a few of the important statistics that jolted me out of my exclusivistic way of reading the scriptures and into a more open approach to the texts. I shared that only around 7% of the world’s population are “saved” by Evangelical standards, and…

Faith vs. Reason: Why bother with remaining in the faith?

While watching an interview of John Shelby Spong on Youtube, I heard him articulate an area of tension that I’ve experienced in my own life. It occurred when Allan Gregg inquired: Do any of the people ask, “Why do you stay inside the church? Why don’t you try to advance your interests outside the church if…

History vs. Theology: Examine and understand their starting points

NPR published a great interview with Bart Ehrman– the well-known professor who has written a new book about the historical occurrences leading to the deification of Jesus in Christianity. Early in his talk with the reporter, Dr. Ehrman said something that is worth noting, particularly in a rapidly secularizing culture that continues to find itself at odds with religion….

Go Ahead. Leave Your Church. (Notes on the myth of one-size-fits-all Christianity)

I’ve recently read two interesting appeals by writers who are in favor of maintaining church membership despite one’s own personal misgivings with his or her church. The first, titled Five Really Bad Reasons to Leave Your Church, was published on Relevant Magazine’s website late last month. Among those five “bad reasons” are the church member’s…