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What Would Jesus Scream?

What Would Jesus Scream?

Mar 7, 2016

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 On Friday evening, Clarke and I decided to check out First Friday, a monthly event in the downtown Phoenix arts district where hundreds of businesses – restaurants, galleries, bars, and other retailers – stay open throughout...

An Introvert’s Guide to Following Your Peace

An Introvert’s Guide to Following Your Peace

Feb 8, 2016

Today, another moral dilemma for an introvert. One of the guys in the company I work for put in his notice, and the managers want to do a “going away lunch” for him — today. Short notice. And it kinda freaks me out. I really don’t want to go. I hardly know the guy, I hate work-related social events, and especially without adequate time...

Not Especially: Changing one word in our prayers can make a huge difference

Not Especially: Changing one word in our prayers can make a huge difference

Jan 12, 2016

There’s a thing I do whenever I’m the one leading the prayers of the people that I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about before, but it came up at lunch after church this past Sunday and I found myself expressing myself in this way: I said, “I take deep theological exception to the word especially.” Until that moment, I...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: Holy Innocents & the Politics of Power

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: Holy Innocents & the Politics of Power

Dec 29, 2015

Queer Christmas Day Four – Holy Innocents The Feast of the Holy Innocents is another odd day in Christmastide, another horrific story of death during the season of Incarnation. There’s much to say about this brief episode in the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Although there’s little historical evidence to support Matthew’s...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: The Feast of Stephen

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: The Feast of Stephen

Dec 27, 2015

Each year, I’m taken with the arrangement of the church calendar, that the First Day of Christmas, we remember and celebrate the Incarnation of God, followed by the the Second Day of Christmas (Dec 26), the Feast of Stephen, the first Christian to be martyred for his faith in scripture. It’s as if to say, here is God in the flesh, and here is just...

Come On, God, You’re Not Supposed to Do It That Way. (Confessions of a Former Fundamentalist)

Come On, God, You’re Not Supposed to Do It That Way. (Confessions of a Former Fundamentalist)

Nov 24, 2015

It is my personal belief that we humans spend a lot of time trying to be in control of things we have no legitimate control over. I’ve had to realize this the hard way a number of times in my life. I spent many years with a belief that it was my job to save the world — to convince people that my understanding of Jesus and the Bible and the Gospel were absolute...

The Heresy of Quiet Times

The Heresy of Quiet Times

Oct 21, 2015

“Jesus happens in quiet times.” Growing up, I remember a minister consistently using this line to guilt us into regular “quiet times.” We were told that these daily times of personal prayer and Bible study were what made us Christians. We were not alone. Throughout the Christian faith, there exists this strange idea that quiet times are the base...

Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me

Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me

Oct 20, 2015

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been having many difficult emotions coming to the surface. They have been repressed for years, only surfacing at times. I did not know where they were coming from and in the past, the only way I would deal with them was through drinking so that I could temporarily escape them. I have been angry. I have been having a hard...

Dear Church Leaders: Get Real or Go Home

Dear Church Leaders: Get Real or Go Home

Oct 3, 2015

If I have to see one more article on “why millennials are leaving the church,” I think I might scream. Well, not really. Those dramatic days are (mostly) behind me. But really. The younger generation has always been leaving the church … I remember hearing the same lament back in the 70s when I was just a kid. The thing is, as much as I grow...

Dear Church, This is Why We Walked Out Today

Dear Church, This is Why We Walked Out Today

Sep 21, 2015

Dear Church, Today, my fiancée and I left a church service early, in tears, in embarrassment, and in deep sadness. The sermon was entitled, “Isn’t the Bible Socially and Morally Antiquated?,” and the pastor made it clear that, No, the Bible is not antiquated. It is not outdated or fangled, but rather, relevant to current cultural issues such as sexuality and...