When Not To Act on Behalf of God

Simply put, if the purported claims of a deity are not so abundantly clear that every single person who encounters them agrees on exactly what they mean, then those claims are not clear enough to justify oppression, violence, or murder. Continue reading

Pondering the Legacy of Truett Cathy

In reading the reflections of my fellow Berry College alumni on the passing of Truett Cathy, I am reminded of the complexity in examining the life and legacy of an influential figure. Mr. Cathy was a gracious man, unpretentious in every way, who always displayed kindness and compassion to the individuals… Continue reading

How I Can Be a Christian

How can you be a Christian?  How can you be a pastor? I suppose, as a socially progressive, academic clergyperson who lives in the Deep South, it is hardly surprising that I get asked these questions…a lot.  When someone learns that I teach that the Christian Scriptures are a collection… Continue reading

Regarding Ender’s Game

The topic of boycotting the new Ender’s Game movie is generating considerable debate in the speculative fiction community right now, especially after Orson Scott Card’s recent plea for “tolerance” of his past intolerance. 1. Homosexuality in general – This comes up any time its germane even tangentially to the topic at… Continue reading

Bryan Fischer Does Not Speak for Christianity

  I haven’t written anything about yesterday’s horrendous events in Newtown, Connecticut because a number of writers with far more skill and wisdom than I continue to produce outstanding, thoughtful, compassionate commentary that I think will be invaluable in guiding our citizens as we grieve.  As a general rule, I… Continue reading