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The False Gospel of the American Church

I don’t think most churchgoers actually know what the gospel is. At the risk of sounding like an uppity, presumptuous layman blinded by the Dunning-Kruger effect (yes – I know how this looks), I’m pretty well convinced that the majority … Continue reading

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The American Church is Apostate

I thought about entitling this “The Upside-Down Tripod of Faith,” but that just doesn’t have the same hook or punching power. I didn’t pick this title just for its click-bait appeal, though. I sincerely believe we are apostate. “Christianity” as we … Continue reading

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Get ready to have your mind blown

I think I might have figured out UFOs. I’m not offering this with any degree of dogmatism or certainty. It’s just a hypothesis. So if you like it, enjoy. If you don’t, ignore it. My hypothesis is based on three main pillars … Continue reading

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Fifteen years ago, I landed my dream job. Well, OK… my dream internship, anyway. I was working for a conservative Christian lobbying group in DC. We were located just eight blocks from the White House,…

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Fortune Cookies and Altars of Hewn Stone

I went to church this morning. It was the first time in a long time because, well… Well, I don’t really want to get into that. Or, I do, but getting into that is the broader purpose of this blog, … Continue reading

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The Foundation, part 6: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

In my first entry of this series, I wrote about how our popular notion of “faith” is actually a negation of the true gospel that we’re “saved by grace through faith, not by the works of the law.” By setting … Continue reading

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The Untold Story of the Resurrection Revealed! What REALLY happened 2,000 years ago… finally unearthed!

Ok, not really. Well, kinda.’ Promises of shocking revelations and untold stories of well-known events get people to buy books and read gossip magazines, so if you’re reading this, the same trick got you to read my blog and feed … Continue reading

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The Foundation, part 5.3: Extraordinary Claims

(Continued from The Lynchpin of Existence, Defending the Lynchpin, The Telephone Game, and The Forgotten Jesus…?) “What counts is not what sounds plausible, not what we’d like to believe, not what one or two witnesses claim, but only what is … Continue reading

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The Foundation, part 5.2: The Forgotten Jesus…?

(Continued from Defending the Lynchpin and The Telephone Game) There are still those who might acknowledge the complete reliability of extant copies of the New Testament in representing the originals, but still dispute the reliability of the originals in recording what was … Continue reading

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The Foundation, part 5.1: The Telephone Game

(Continued from Defending the Lynchpin) “The Bible’s been copied and re-copied so many times, we can’t be sure what it originally said,” skeptics are fond of saying as they compare the transmission of the New Testament to the “Telephone Game.” … Continue reading

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