Fiction

The Informers – Bret Easton Ellis

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

Every Day – David Levithan

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver

Shine Shine Shine – Lydia Netzer

Faith

Faith Unraveled – Rachel Held Evans

Surprised by Hope – N.T. Wright

Benefit of the Doubt – Greg Boyd

Letters From a Skeptic – Greg Boyd

Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey 

Science

How God Changes Your Brain – Andrew Newberg

The “God” Part of the Brain – Matthew Alper

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1. Freaking out over “Happy Holidays” vs “Merry Christmas” or even “Merry Xmas”

Do I even have to explain this? It’s just annoying. And if we’re going to get technical the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which translates into English as CHRIST. It’s literally an abbreviation; it’s not a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas. Stop freaking out.

2. Defending Christian celebrities on Facebook

It’s okay to appreciate Christian celebrities. Hey, I get it. It’s exciting to see a Christian on TV! But when we’re only vocal about our faith when it comes to defending a bunch of duck hunters from the back woods of Louisiana…I mean, let’s be honest. It’s just plain embarrassing. We’re not bringing anyone closer to Jesus by doing that. Trust me.

3. Saying “love the sinner, hate the sin”

This is nowhere in the Bible. In fact, Ghandi is the one who said it. Maybe we should just LOVE PEOPLE. Without having an agenda. Period.

4. Prefacing the topic of homosexuality with “I have friends who are gay!”

Really? You do? Great! Now what does that have to do with anything?

It’s not bold to post a status about how “homosexuality is a sin” on Facebook. I promise you it’s not accomplishing anything. Except maybe an entertaining Facebook debate. The LGBTQ community has been a recipient of hate, judgment, and oppression for too long. The last thing they need is more Christians rallying up against them. We’re supposed to LOVE them, no matter what our beliefs are. We’re not bringing anyone closer to Christ by pointing out different “sins” on Facebook.

5. Posting every single one of our theological opinions on Facebook

I see this quite often. We feel the need to post all of the “good” quotes from every single book we’re reading on Facebook. This might be shocking, but we can learn things from God without having to share them with the Internet. In fact, I would actually suggest processing/praying over things you learn BEFORE posting them. The fact is, we are probably damaging the Body of Christ instead of expanding it. All of our theological posts about God can make us seem unapproachable/relatable to unbelievers. Consider sharing your beliefs through your relationships, and not the internet. I’m not saying that the internet can’t be an evangelical tool..because it can. Just check your heart before you do it. Ask yourself why you’re posting it in the first place.