We Suck at Christianity—But That’s Kind of the Point

By: Chad West on Tuesday January 31, 2017

The Problem: We’ve gotten the wrongheaded idea that whatever we do in the name of God must be okay because we’re doing it in the name of God. So, every time we do or say something that gets a non-believer angry, we smile to ourselves and think, “Thank you, Jesus. You said they’d hate us...

Our Brutal Witness

By: Chad West on Thursday January 5, 2017

Of course you can. Everybody makes decisions about right and wrong every single day. You can totally believe something is immoral, unethical or even evil to your heart’s content. The Christian faith demands it. What I’m saying I have a problem with is that we’ve convinced ourselves that...

Sending the Sinners Away

By: Chad West on Tuesday November 22, 2016

I see it just like everyone else—the hate and anger, the self-righteousness and illogically applied beliefs that counter what the bible actually says. I don’t see the Jesus I know in that stuff. I don’t experience the warmth of the fire that would draw me in from the cold, cold loneliness of...

No More Do Better Religion

By: Chad West on Tuesday October 11, 2016

(That survey-takin’ fool, Barna, says around 54% think, ‘be good’ is what gets you in good with the Heavenly gatekeeper). When I heard the message of the gospel in church, it was always intermixed with the message of not doing bad. So, What’s the Gospel? Horton has said that you can’t...

The Wrongness of Being Right

By: Chad West on Tuesday September 20, 2016

He has a brilliant mind, is good at winning arguments and uses those skills to engage every wrong he perceives. He really bugs me sometimes. I think what bugs me most about him is that he’s often right. The second thing that bugs me is that he reminds me of myself. A part of myself that, well…...

Jesus is for Sinners

By: Chad West on Tuesday August 30, 2016

I struggled for years with the loud and persistent message of God against sinners. The idea was that if you were a smoker, a drinker, a skimming-off-the-top candlestick maker, God despised you and your evil ways and you might as well stay away. His salvation, they implied, was for the good; for...

Looking for Meaning in a Box Full of Meaning

By: Chad West on Tuesday August 16, 2016

I wondered if I were being spiritual enough. (I wasn’t.) If I were studying enough. (I wasn’t.) If I were witnessing enough. (I wasn’t.) If I was doing everything the congregation expected of me. (I definitely wasn’t.) So then, even smack-dab in the center of my personal world’s...

Car Wreck Christianity

By: Chad West on Tuesday July 26, 2016

We Christians seem to think the world's problem is a behavioral one. And if the problem is bad behavior, then the solution must be good behavior. And, while we're sinners too, we know the truth. So, we think we should all get together—there’s a heck of a lot of us, after all—and we can totally...