Author Archives: Beyond Church Walls

The Bible Clearly Says…!

When I was working with my friends David Fredrickson and Bob Humphrey on our video series Church Outside the Walls, one of the things that was a bit rattling was realizing that when scholars approach scriptural texts, the way they interpret them is at times … Continue reading

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Little Timmy and Big Tom: Two Different Views of the Cross

Many of my Christian views have radically changed over the last 16 years. A big one is my view of the cross. While growing up in church and attending vacation Bible school, before asking us if we’d like to receive … Continue reading

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Being Instead of Doing

In our culture and mainstream Christianity there is such a drive to do stuff. We are so prone to get our identities from what we’re doing. And often, all we’re doing is spinning our wheels and not really accomplishing anything … Continue reading

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Change: The Mark of Following Christ

From the first moment Jesus appeared on the scene His message was, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Being that following Jesus is marked by repentance, I don’t think much of mainstream Christianity is following Jesus. Notice, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Abuse

A new episode of “Untangled” is finally up! Loren and David discuss an article by Jonathan Hollingsworth titled, “What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Been Hurt by Church.” When church is mutated from being who we are to … Continue reading

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Arrogant Evangelicals

A new episode of Untangled is up! Loren and David discuss the odd and troubling phenomena that presidential candidate Donald Trump is resonating with 20 to 30 percent of Evangelical Christians. A recent article exposes why this is probably the … Continue reading

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Living Loved

A new episode of Untangled is up! When things aren’t going “our way” it’s easy to feel like God let us down. But as Loren’s guest, Richard Broadbent points out, God’s goal is not our moment by moment happiness. Rather, … Continue reading

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Loving ISIS

Saul of Tarsus was a passionate defender of what he believed was the word of God. As a Pharisee, he was found blameless according to the righteousness found in the Law. According to Saul’s understanding, the God of the Torah … Continue reading

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You Will Have Trouble

A new episode of Untangled is up! Loren sharing about his difficult week due to tensions in relationships and dealing with his own humanity sparks a good conversation with David about the troubles we face in this world. Jesus did … Continue reading

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Suffering: The Unwelcome Message in Western Christianity

I recently read about a Christian man who was criticized by co-workers for his liberal way of thinking, so he was forced to defend his right to share the gospel. One time they even sent spies to check out his … Continue reading

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