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Shower Thoughts: Inconvenient Grace

Shower Thoughts: Inconvenient Grace

Jul 5, 2017

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Col. 3:13 NIV Whilst showering one day, something in the soap made me think of a Good Friday service at my church a few years ago. The main sanctuary was packed to the rafters and my reward for not coming an hour early was a seat in a small...

“Go and Sin No More”? You don’t get to say that. Ever.

“Go and Sin No More”? You don’t get to say that. Ever.

Feb 2, 2015

We hear it all the time. We can argue the grace and forgiveness of Jesus till the cows come home, how he forgave the woman caught in adultery. “Neither do I condemn you.” “See how gracious Jesus is?” we say. And then some smart Christian inevitably comes back with, “Yeah, but he also said, ‘Go and sin no more.'” And...

Why We Cannot Judge

Why We Cannot Judge

Jun 24, 2014

If you ask those outside of the Church what they think of Christians, one of the most common responses is that they find us to be too judgmental. Many of us within the Church are able to admit that we have a history of being overly judgmental. Since when did we become the judge?  Are we capable judges? Consider our history: We have stoned people for not...

Legalism is Just Haggling Over Price

Legalism is Just Haggling Over Price

Jun 20, 2014

At a dinner party Winston Churchill says to his dinner companion, “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” The woman responds, “My goodness, Mr. Churchill. I suppose I would.” Churchill replies, “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” She answers, “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I...

We Are NOT God’s Hall Monitor

We Are NOT God’s Hall Monitor

Jun 18, 2014

Why was the shoe stopped by the hall monitor? Because it was being knotty.  🙂 What is the church’s voice in the marriage equality issue, and how helpful is it? As I consider this question from Glad Alliance Church, I look at the church’s role overall. The church has produced immeasurable good in the culture, as Christians have followed Jesus’ call to protect...

Stupid Religion

Stupid Religion

May 24, 2014

  I just had another one of those conversations.  The conversation I seem to have a lot these days with my Christian friends. Gay and straight. About what it means to be a Christian. Am I still a “good Christian” if I don’t go to church? Am I a good Christian if I cuss, if I have sex with my girlfriend or boyfriend? And of course, that one question that...

You No Longer Need The Rules

  More today from Susan Cottrell‘s Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Did you know that I never told anyone to write down the things I said? Did you know that I never told anyone to start a religion called Christianity? So what did I tell people?  I told them to love God, and love others – and I tried be an example of how to be...

One little word that makes all the difference

One little word that makes all the difference

May 8, 2014

There I was, minding my own business, innocently browsing through endless Facebook posts from my infinite number of friends (never been more popular in my entire life!), and I noticed that one buddy in a moment of excitement and adoration wrote out the doxology as his status. “Praise God to whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below....

The “Ex-Gay” and “Enough Faith” Myths, and Why They Failed Me

The “Ex-Gay” and “Enough Faith” Myths, and Why They Failed Me

Mar 21, 2013

Ihave never been an ex-gay. I’ve never gone through an ex-gay ministry, or tried an ex-gay program, and never went into a live-in camp where gay men are taught to behave as straight men. Despite all of this, I can say without any hesitation that ex-gay ministries are no good whatsoever. In fact, they present a great deal of harm to LGBT people, especially LGBT...

Love Better, Love More

Love Better, Love More

Dec 4, 2012

Yesterday, after spending most of my morning and afternoon working on one of my last papers for the semester, I asked my friend Abe over for dinner. A former seminarian, fellow contemplative, and previous classmate from college, I love spending time with him. We only recently reconnected, but even in such a short time, I’ve become incredibly grateful for our...