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  Editor's Note: This post was submitted by Andrew Robinson. Once upon a time there was a little girl named Emma who loved Christmas. She was infatuated with Santa Claus. Every year she would watch every Santa cartoon that came on. She would watch the news as the weatherman reported where in the world Santa was at this very moment, and of course, she would leave freshly baked homemade cookies and a big ...

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Advent: The Faith to Scream “It’s Not Okay!”

She sat in total shock. Her head rested in her hands as her long hair hid her face. She was silent for forty-five minutes. And then the river of tears began to flow. It was the most traumatic event I’ve experienced in ten years of ministry. The pain and distress of a murdered family member were unbearable. As she wept uncontrollably, her sister stepped into the void to hold her. “It’s okay. It’s okay,” her ...

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Book Feature Friday: Walking With Grandfather by Michael Hardin

“Some fool had spent some time with an Indian, learned about nature and I was supposed to get excited about this? This was drivel as far as I was concerned.” ~ Michael Hardin “In church I was taught that Jesus could do miracles because he was divine, he was God. What we learned in Philosophy class was that doing the miraculous is every person’s birthright, it is just a matter of listening to the Creator.” ~ ...

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Bible Matters: Lamentations: Political Protest, Grief, and Transforming Theology

Lamentations comes from the word “lament” which means a “passionate expression of grief or sorrow.” (For the entire Bible Matters series, click here.) The book was written during the Babylonian exile, a traumatic time for the ancient Jews. Jerusalem was conquered, the temple was destroyed, and many people were exiled throughout the Babylonian Empire. Lamentations is about grief. It implores us to express ou ...

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Why God is Sending Christians Straight to Hell

So much of Christianity has become about avoiding hell. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a hospital chaplain, it’s that God is sending Christians straight to hell. Christians need to stop thinking of heaven and hell as primarily places we go after we die. Heaven and hell are primarily realities that we experience here on earth. Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is among you.” For Jesus, the kingdom of ...

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On Sheep and Goats: Division and Judgment in Ferguson and Beyond

We are not sheep. We are not goats. We are children of our heavenly Father, brothers and sisters enfolded in the embrace of Love, and we must remember that before we destroy ourselves. The Christ the King Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46) from Nov. 23 and the tragedies in Ferguson, Mo. – both the shooting of Michael Brown and the failure to indict Darren Wilson – have mutually illuminated each other and awakened th ...

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The Shooting Death of Michael Brown: A Necessary Evil or Just Plain Murder?

I want to discuss something fundamental, disturbing and largely invisible about human society that the ongoing events in Ferguson, MO are bringing into view. As you know, a young black man, Michael Brown, was shot dead by a uniformed police officer this past August and a Grand Jury decided not to indict him for murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. They decided that Brown’s death was a ...

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Book Feature Friday: Changing Our Mind – Leading Evangelical Ethicist Calls for Full Inclusion

REPENT! Do shivers run down your spine when you hear that word? Well, there’s no getting around it – repent is an important biblical word. But as opposed to emphasizing how horrible we sinners are, the word simply means “Change your mind.” So, what happened when the leading American Evangelical ethicist repents? He asked the whole Church to change its mind, too. That’s what David Gushee has done in his late ...

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Kevin Miller on Hell, Universal Salvation, and Mimetic Theory

Hell. The concept has come under fire. Fortunately, Kevin Miller is here to put out the flames. Kevin is the star and director of the critically important documentary Hellbound?, where Kevin interviews a diverse group of pastors, theologians, social commentators, and musicians. Kevin also blogs at his excellent website, Hellbound?: Exploring Faith and Film, Good and Evil. In the interview, Kevin brilliantly ...

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James Warren on Magic and Mimetic Theory: A Discussion about “Compassion or Apocalypse?”

One of my favorite teachers of mimetic theory is James Warren. Jim is a magician who masterfully unveils the workings of mimetic theory in his book Compassion or Apocalypse: A Comprehensible Guide to the Thought of René Girard. Jim’s book is so good that it’s one of the few that I have in both book and ebook format. I highly recommend it! In this engaging interview, Jim talks about the fundamental elements ...

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