Articles by: Nate Roberts
Nathan Roberts is a freelance writer and Midwestern minister. He is also the Co-Founder and US Director of Daylight Center and School in Kenya reaching out to nomadic orphans. He is a critical appreciator of indie and hip-hop music, magical realism, and theology. His life ambition is to explain the problem of evil in one sentence.

What Theologians could learn from David Sedaris 3
by / on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

What Theologians could learn from David Sedaris

We rarely ask of theologians is, “Are you a good person?” If asked, I suspect most would dodge the question with “Well I’m a sinner saved by grace.” But if you pressed them for evidence, I imagine most theologians would respond, “Why?” This is because most theologians hate looking like hypocrites. That is perhaps the one greatest difference between most theologians and David Sederis.

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Switchfoot used to be my favorite band 98
by / on July 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm / in Personal Stories, Pop Culture

Switchfoot used to be my favorite band

As Switchfoot prepares to release Fading West, a retrospective documentary on surfing, music, and their last 8 records. Nathan reflects on growing up with Switchfoot as his favorite band.

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When Rumors Never Die 1
by / on June 11, 2013 at 8:11 am / in Broken World, Current Events, Personal Stories

When Rumors Never Die

There have always been bullies and rumors. But kids today have to live with cruel Facebook posts that may never go away.

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“Poor”-nography in the Facebook Age 0
by / on May 29, 2013 at 11:57 am / in Broken World, Personal Stories

“Poor”-nography in the Facebook Age

What happens when that starving child gets a Facebook Account? Is she going to “like” the page that prominently features her with a bloated belly? Director of Daylight Center and School in Kenya Nathan Roberts reflects on the hidden costs of fundraising with “Poor-nographic” images.

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Why I love the Tea Party 2
by / on August 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Why I love the Tea Party

At last night’s GOP Presidential debate Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann (R-MN) brandished her social conservative bonafides, even defending her decision to vote to raise taxes in Minnesota because the bill included pro-life provisions. Say what you will about the policies they support, the Tea Party stands firm in their convictions, and that’s a good thing.

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Who should pay for America’s future? 28
by / on July 18, 2011 at 1:36 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Who should pay for America’s future?

In the midst of eleventh hour budget negotiations over America’s fiscal future, Recovering Evangelical blogger Nate Roberts offers a compelling side-by-side comparison of the State of Minnesota and the African nation of Kenya. Who’s got it better? And who should pick up the tab to keep it that way?

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Gandhi, Lao Tzu & Jesus’ Other Sheep 18
by / on June 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Gandhi, Lao Tzu & Jesus’ Other Sheep

When RE blogger Nate Roberts first started discovering God in places that God wasn’t supposed to be — in the life of Gandhi, Eastern religious traditions, etc. — it startled him… until he remembered Jesus’ teaching about other sheep.

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Radiohead: All Limbs and No Body (album review) 1
by / on March 31, 2011 at 10:25 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Radiohead: All Limbs and No Body (album review)

The new Radiohead album, King of Limbs, starts strong but doesn’t deliver. So we commissioned Hip Hop artist Phonetic ONE to Remix it for us.

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The Bachelor, Twitter and True Love 0
by / on March 15, 2011 at 11:28 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

The Bachelor, Twitter and True Love

As I watched the final episode of The Bachelor I was left feeling deeply confused, but also reassured. Confused that Brad chose Emily, but reassured to find that getting engaged in six weeks through a process of elimination was as stupid as it sounds.

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Aladdin, 9-11 and Lovable Muslims 6
by / on March 14, 2011 at 7:00 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Aladdin, 9-11 and Lovable Muslims

In 1993 Aladdin was just another Disney story of a prince and a princess. Sure it was set in the Theocractic Iran, the main characters were part of a Muslim aristocracy, and justice was measured out with the sword. But that didn’t seem to matter back then. Post 9-11 Disney would likely think twice before releasing a blockbuster with all Muslim characters. 

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