Do Not Be Too Righteous: A Bible Study


“Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked?” —Ecclesiastes 7:13

The first thing that strikes you about this verse is how it spins your expectations on its head. You’d expect it to say “Who can make crooked what He has made straight?” but this is not that kind of Bible, nor is it that kind of life. Read the full post »

Ranking the Metaphors in the Song of Solomon

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There is a certain type of Christian—usually a man, I’ve found—who’s very proud of the fact that Bible has one book in it wholly devoted to sex. Give this guy a microphone, and he’ll adjust his tie, get a crafty grin on his face, and say something like, “Let’s look at what the Bible says about sex. That’s right, folks, we say the S-E-X word here. I know, I know—” he’ll say, waving away imagined outcries of horror. “But, believe it or not, the Bible actually says God created sex to be good!” And then he’ll give you a moment to process this universe-shattering tidbit. Read the full post »

Lord, When Did We Call You a Right Wing Whack Job?


Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

-Matthew 25:44-45


When did we see you on the streets, crying out for justice? When did we call you lazy? When did we ignore what you were saying, or rationalize it, or excuse it? When did we sit by while you were being murdered? Read the full post »

Before You Quote Martin Luther King Jr.

In times of racial unrest, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. becomes a national past time, and every person with a social media account becomes a fine scholar of his most obscure quotes. The same people who defended Selma‘s exclusion from the Academy Awards in February now scatter his pearls of wisdom like debate kill shots.

Often, his quotes are used like a switch to chastise the timbre the march for equality he once championed has taken on. When cars are set aflame in Baltimore or windows broken in Ferguson, these sudden aficionados of Dr. King’s works will tut-tut the protestors with anguished cries of “This is not what Dr. King would have wanted!” and exasperated sighs that he is most surely “rolling in his grave”  Read the full post »

QUIZ: Haim lyrics or Worship Song?

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Think you can tell a difference between lines from modern worship choruses and Haim lyrics? Maybe you can, maybe you can’t. Only one way to find out. Answer key at the bottom! No cheating! Read the full post »

Pop Culture Christian Tropes: A Definitive Ranking

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A handy breakdown of the different types of Christians. Please let me know of any I missed, but I don’t think I missed any. This is a definitive ranking.  Read the full post »

Matching The Avengers With Their Favorite CCM Band

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron will come soaring into theaters in May, and with it, many of our questions will finally be answered. Why is Iron Man fighting the Hulk? Who made Ultron and for what purpose? What is this accent and why? But the movie will (presumably) not answer which Avenger listens to which contemporary Christian band. For that, you have to read this.  Read the full post »

Casting Your Youth Pastor In Iconic Film Scenes

Here is how your youth pastor would react if he was also a film character in an iconic scene from cinematic history. Read the full post »

God’s Not Dead 2: American Revolution (EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK!)

As you know, after the runaway success of God’s Not Dead, America’s favorite movie, a sequel has been greenlit. The premise of the sequel has been shrouded in mystery, but I am excited to announce that we at have landed an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from the script, God’s Not Dead 2: American Revolution


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Casting the Inevitable Live Action ‘Adventures in Odyssey’ Movie

If you are reading this, I am going to assume that you either (a) are familiar with Focus on the Family’s bafflingly long-lived kids’ radio drama or (b) are an avid fan of mine and will read anything I write. Either way, I love and appreciate you. Read the full post »


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