Making Jesus Accessible

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    How I Read the Bible

    First, I open it and then I….ok, sorry. Just being silly. But honestly, I think we sometimes take some really important things for granted, things that seem simple, and we don’t really consider why we do what we do.  We may assume that enjoying and …

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    Why Franklin Graham and not Iran?

    I’m pretty hard on America, our military, Christians (evangelicals in particular), Republicans and white people. So if you’re a white, American, male, evangelical Christian, Republican, pro-military leader – watch out. I’m gonna pick on you! And, oddly enough, I’m going to go the extra mile …

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  • An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

    An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Your father is my hero.  #1 on a long list of potential heroes. I’m sure it gets tiring being compared to him. But I think you’re stuck – you’re his son. I don’t know you personally, Franklin.  I admire …

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    Terrorists, Gay Weddings, and the Confederate Flag

    As a follow up to my blog a couple days ago about the urgent need for wise nuance – I write today in light of three major news stories now unfolding. I want to be able to discern the difference between terrorists who act in …

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    Living in Tension

    Why can’t we live in tension? In a place of nuance. Jesus seemed to constantly navigate those waters. One minute he’s calling one of his religious leaders a son of the devil and the next welcoming a prostitute or a tax collector. He says BOTH …

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    My Three Days in Sudan

    Darfur. Genocide. Persecution of Christians.  Sanctions.  A rogue nation that supports terrorism.   The man who got me my visa has been accused of behind a  “a behind-the-scenes engineer of government atrocities.”  All in all, a scary place full of scary people. These words that first …

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    What ISIS Wants

    Loving Muslim neighbors in the wake of gruesome executions and the Chapel Hill murders. Enemies change. At times they’re the ones we don’t like. Other times, they’re the ones who don’t like us. Often an enemy might be a whole group of people, like “those …

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    Sniper

    When the movie “American Sniper” came out two weeks ago it set off a firestorm of praise and criticism.  I posted several things on Facebook and Twitter calling into question the idea that a sniper could be a hero.  I also made some comments about …

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    Jesus Wants Your Skin in the Game

    By Rick Lawrence There He is again, playing a game of verbal “Battleship” with the Pharisees in the temple court—they take a shot at him, and he fires right back. Jesus has, once again, so grossly offended the teachers of the law that they intend …

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    Jesus Serves Muhammad

    When we see Muslims committing acts of terror like the recent horror in Paris – there’s only one clarifying question that needs to be answered:  does the Quran or Islam, in some way, encourage such violence? As the Charlie Hebdo magazine released its new edition yesterday with prophet Muhammad …

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