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Hey everyone, I’m heading home from vacation and my blog sabbatical.  Just one more “best of” post – for nostalgia’s sake, and I’m back on Monday, July 30.

You want to know what the next big cause is?

No, environmentalism isn’t going away. Though it turns out that those eco-friendly wind farms actually contribute to global warming by stirring up all the hot air floating above us. Water and shoes and war and nutrition aren’t going away as causes either.

But people need a sexy new cause to keep their attention. And the spotlight on bullies has been growing brighter for a while, and I think it’s going to stay that way for a long time. And like most pop-culture causes, it didn’t start with Christians. In fact, I have yet to see any prominent Christians throw their hat in the bullying ring at all.

So I have a question for you, Christians. Are we going to let this be another cause that’s too “liberal,” or “secular” for us, and let it pass us by? Or are we actually going to do something?

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I’m on vacation from home, work, and the blog July 16 – 27.  But that doesn’t mean the blog is going dark!  I’ll be featuring a couple of guest posts, a few reruns of some of my favorite posts you may have missed, and there will even be a fresh post on my new column at Prodigal Magazine.  Regular programming will resume Monday, July 30.

Tolerance.

A generation ago, people talked about “tolerance.”

“Tolerance” meant that people lived next door to their neighbors in peace, and minded their own business.  Didn’t matter if your neighbors were a different religion or political party or sexuality.  Just live and let live.  Granted, it was a new concept for a lot of people.  Seems some people still don’t have the grasp of it.

We still talk about tolerance.  We use the word every day.  Heck, the cardinal sin you can commit is to be “intolerant” of someone.

But “tolerance” today means something totally different.  Because “tolerating” each other is no longer enough.  It’s not enough to “live and let live” or to mind your own business.

Want to know why our culture is so divided, so polarized?  Because we’re self-righteously waiting for a truckload of “tolerance” that we’re just never going to get.  The irony is that it’s only going to get worse, the more hung up on tolerance we become.

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I’m on vacation from home, work, and the blog July 16 – 27.  But that doesn’t mean the blog is going dark!  I’ll be featuring a couple of guest posts, a few reruns of some of my favorite posts you may have missed, and there will even be a fresh post on my new column at Prodigal Magazine.  Regular programming will resume Monday, July 30.

That's how he rolls.

So, I’ve got a question for you…

You know how some people like for Jesus to “take the wheel?”  You know, be their driver in life?

I guess that’s a nice sentiment.  Surrender, obedience and all that.  Maybe you like that Carrie Underwood song.  Maybe you like to think of Jesus as your driver.

Even if you never have thought of Jesus that way, many of you, my readers, have been at least trying to be Christians for a long time.  We’re trying to be Christ followers, disciples, whatever you like to call it.  Maybe we even let Jesus be our chauffeur around town…

But have you ever felt like Jesus took the wheel…and then drove your car into a ditch?

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While I’m on vacation and then on a mission trip to Mexico, I’m treating you to some exceptional guest bloggers and reposting some of my best content from the last year.  I’ll be tweeting and commenting off and on, but will be back full time on the blog July 25th.

“Hey Matt, are you Reformed?”

Pretty often, I get asked about whether I’m a Calvinist, or an Arminian or Reformed or something else.  Or someone will want to talk about Luther or Augustine or some other really really dead guy.

And when asked if I’m a Calvinist or whatever, my answer is usually the same.

“I don’t know.”

To most people, that’s about the worst answer I can give, especially as someone who actually went to seminary.  A lot of people expect me to be thoroughly read up on what a bunch of dead guys thought about theology.  But I find myself balking at these conversations more and more, for a lot of reasons.  Maybe you’re a theology buff, or a total noob, or a contientious objector.  Let’s find out…

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While I’m on vacation and then on a mission trip to Mexico, I’m treating you to some exceptional guest bloggers and reposting some of my best content from the last year.  I’ll be tweeting and commenting off and on, but will be back full time on the blog July 25th.

Update: I’ll be back on Friday with a fresh post before I leave for Mexico.

Have you noticed all the Christians apologizing for the church?

I have.  It’s kind of the thing to do.  We assume everyone out there has been hurt, wronged, isolated, burned or ostracized by the church.  It’s almost the battle cry of my generation.  “We’ve been emotionally wounded by the church!” Ever since Donald Miller made it popular, some Christians just can’t resist telling everyone what jerks we’ve all been.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s some things to apologize for.

But when you stack up all the apologies, it makes you think that maybe the church is just an agent for pure evil. It’s almost like we’re inviting people to say, “Christians suck and I demand an apology!” I’m not here to apologize or take back apologies.  If anyone should be pissed off at the church, it’s me.  I’m here to ask why does it happen?  Why does the relationship people are supposed to have with the church break down?

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While I’m on vacation and then on a mission trip to Mexico, I’m treating you to some exceptional guest bloggers and reposting some of my best content from the last year.  I’ll be tweeting and commenting off and on, but will be back full time on the blog July 25th.

I’m going to make an admission.  At home, I’m sometimes a little bit of a potty mouth.

I remember my first day in public middle school.  My delicate virgin ears were burning by second hour, having heard words I never knew existed.

Now, it just doesn’t bother me like it used to.  I don’t swear loudly in public or in front of elders or children and I don’t care for people who do.  But swearing in movies or with friends just doesn’t get me all hot and bothered like it does some people.

What does God really mean by “filthy language” and taking His name in vain?  Probably a whole lot more than we think.

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