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Walking Away and Finding My Way Back: A Letter to Evangelicalism

Walking Away and Finding My Way Back: A Letter to Evangelicalism

Mar 21, 2017

Dear Evangelicalism, First of all, I love you. I fell in love with you in third grade when my parents ventured out of my grandparents’ tiny but beloved Lutheran church that was filled mostly with people over the age of 60, the faint scent of flowery perfume and spicy shaving cream lingering long after the sanctuary emptied. I met you in the basement of a...

Intent versus Face Value: A Few (Shocking) Thoughts about the Bible

Intent versus Face Value: A Few (Shocking) Thoughts about the Bible

Aug 23, 2016

I am terrified of a church that applies the texts of Scripture at face value, without a serious and involved consideration of the original audience, the socio-religious context they lived within, and how that context differs from our own. “Take God at His word” sounds cute and all religiousy, but it’s actually quite reckless, extremely...

Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

Aug 18, 2016

  I had to resist rubbing my hands together in a weak moment of delighted schadenfreude when I read that Tony Perkins — rabid right-wing, anti-gay leader of the Family Research Council — lost his house this past week in the floods of Louisiana. The same guy who preached that natural disasters were God’s vengeance on America for tolerating...

Invisible: HIV+ in Church

Invisible: HIV+ in Church

Aug 11, 2016

Daniel was out with his boyfriend the night he learned that he had contracted HIV. They had been dating for eight months, and had been friends for a year and a half prior to dating. They were sexually active, and Daniel trusted him completely. They had agreed to be monogamous, and he had no reason to believe his boyfriend would cheat. That night, however, there...

From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

Aug 9, 2016

I grew up in the Evangelical Church. From moment I was a baby, I was in church every time the doors were open. We were taught about God’s love and grace ever since I could remember, but also that God was a God of holiness and wrath. You see, we could not talk about God’s love without also talking about his wrath. From a very young age, I sensed that...

Bold Support for LGBTs by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia

Bold Support for LGBTs by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia

Jun 27, 2016

The following is a translation of an unprecedented pastoral statement by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) regarding LGBT+ people. The statement recommends, among others, an affirming view of LGBT+ people and a thoughtful interpretation of Scripture. This statement has generated heated debate and has resulted in accusations of PGI straying away from...

The Heart Matters. When Christianity ignores human experience…

The Heart Matters. When Christianity ignores human experience…

Jun 22, 2016

This morning, as I was scrolling through my feedly app, I came across a particular post from an ex-gay blog called “Your Other Brothers.” (They would probably object to being labeled as ex-gay, but that to me seems the best approximation of their work.) Much as I disagree with the guys on the blog, I enjoy reading them. They are figuring life out the best way...

First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

May 16, 2016

LGBTQ-affirming religious books for kids are available for the first time ever with the launch of the Good News Children’s Book Series this spring. Books such as “Faithful Families” remind children that God loves them, no matter what their family looks like — even if they have two mommies or two daddies. “Mr. Grumpy Christian” is for LGBTQ families to...

Boundaries in our Boundless Worship

Boundaries in our Boundless Worship

Apr 18, 2016

Same worship song, one week apart, yet today I’m pained. This emotional ache is not a new place for me. I’ve frequently found myself here over the past decade, and it’s become increasingly more difficult to withstand. For me, the worship portion of church services used to be so “me-centric.” I owned those song— me and God, me and Jesus, me and the Spirit. I...

Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

Mar 29, 2016

We’ve got some big problems in the Church these days. That’s no great revelation. Just ask anybody on the street what they think of Christianity, especially during election season, and you’ll get an earful.  We hear it so often, in fact, that we in the Church turn a deaf ear to it. We tune it out. We’re callous to criticism. And we just go on our merry way,...