Do Political Liberals and Younger Conservative Christians Feel the Same about the Flag?

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the public display of love for country has become something that those of a more liberal political persuasion love to hate. Even though they are grateful for America to some extent, they are not interested in publicly parading their patriotism in everyone’s face, and even fight for the right to burn the American flag as a part of free speech. Most conservatives feel differently. It’s not uncommon to read news accounts of conservatives bucking HOA rules and putting American flags out on their porches or flower pots. In the case of the story linked there, […]

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The Danger of Loving Your Country's Virtues More Than the Gospel

The Bible teaches us to care about our country. Liberty makes it easier to be Christian, and our founding fathers, at a minimum, espoused virtues consistent with the Christian faith so that Christians have a vested interest in loving and supporting their country. I strongly resonate with all of these ideas. I am deeply grateful to God for my country. He put me here, and I am blessed. I love liberty, and I espouse the same virtues of our founding fathers. But what I must not do is idolize that liberty or those virtues. It is far too easy for […]

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Derek Webb on Caedmon's Call and the Local Church – Part Three of My Interview

Well, Southern Fried Faith is here (Kindle … Paperback). As I reflect on some of the things I’ve written about, I realize that Derek Webb agrees on some points. Thanks to him for spending time with me to talk about the church in the south, and for his endorsement. Here’s what Derek said about the book: Having grown up in the American south where the ‘behavior modification program’ too often passes for the authentic following of Jesus, Rob Tims brings very good tidings. For hopeless sinners like me, Southern Fried Faith is a welcome disruption and an invitation to freedom for believers […]

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Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Read the Times article here.

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Can Christians Be Funny? Where is Christian Joy?

Can Christians be funny? It seems like a stupid question with people like Bean and Bailey and Tim Hawkins jet-setting around the country making us laugh, but this is the exact question CNN asked a few weeks ago when writing about the hilarious movie, “Mom’s Night Out.” There has been no shortage of laughably bad Christian movies. “Left Behind,”anyone? From “The Passion of the Christ,” to “Fireproof,” to “Courageous,” the genre has historically leaned heavily on biblical epics and inspiration to stir the faithful, or evangelical fare designed to convert the masses. That CNN would ask the question tells me a […]

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Keeping Sabbath and Planning Commerce is Like …

Walter Brueggermann’s book, Sabbath as Resistance, is PHENOMENAL. It’s somewhat on the scholarly side, but is an excellent set of expositions that are highly applicable to the practice of Sabbath. Here are two quotes: “The most unwelcome form of multitasking is with the cell phone – on the phone while at dinner with a guest or while driving. But a much more poisonous form of multitasking is taking notes during a church service … not notes on the sermon, but a grocery list or calls to return or deals to make. Multitasking is the drive to be more than we […]

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Todd Brady on "Heaven is For Real"

I’ve yet to find an article that delicately yet firmly addresses the “Heaven is for Real” phenomenon taking place in the Bible belt as well as Todd Brady’s in the Baptist Press. Here are some excerpts, but the entire article is worth your time. In a day when violence, perverted sexuality and general crudeness are splattered across the silver screen, a heartwarming, spiritually-oriented film like Heaven Is for Real containing nice, moral, churchgoing Nebraskans is somewhat of a relief.  Of humanity’s search for God, Augustine said long ago that our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee. As […]

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Are Homeschooled Children More Tolerant and Better Socialized?

Our family fell backwards into homeschooling, which we’ve now been doing for 4 years. We couldn’t decide whether or not to hold our oldest back or enroll in kindergarten (a boy with a July birthday), and we were uneasy with leaving his younger brother at home alone without his best friend. So, the oldest stayed home and we experimented with homeschooling. Through all the pros and cons, it’s been the right thing for our family. One of our early concerns was socialization. It’s a concern or fear (or criticism) many have related to homeschooling. The reasoning in our minds ran […]

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Derek Webb on Young Life and Becoming a Christian

In anticipation of the release of my first book, Southern Fried Faith, I’m sharing with you excerpts from my interview with Derek Webb back in November 2013. You can read our first interview here. In part two below, we talk about the role Young Life played in his coming to faith. Rob: You mentioned earlier the role Young Life played in your brother’s life, but share about how you came to be involved in Young Life after moving to Houston. Derek: I went kicking and screaming to a Young Life Camp over the summer. Actually, this girl I had a crush on was […]

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