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Crucify Jesus and Save the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

Crucify Jesus and Save the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

Mar 31, 2015

I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money and more people. One would think that the Gospel of Jesus was,...

A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Evangelicals Who Recruited Him When He Was 9…

A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Evangelicals Who Recruited Him When He Was 9…

Jul 29, 2014

The headline pissed me off when I read it in my news feed.   “Evangelical Group Plans to Convert Children as Young As Five at Portland Parks.” As a dad, an interest group, any interest group, going after kids is unacceptable in my book. As I read the article further, I found out that the evangelical group in question was the Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good...

More Dangerous Than Westboro’s Phelps? Oh Yes!

More Dangerous Than Westboro’s Phelps?  Oh Yes!

Jul 16, 2014

  “Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and you crack that wrist. Man up! Give him a good punch.” – Pastor Sean Harris, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC Yup, that’ll teach ‘em, especially because nothing says “my son is gay” like a limp wrist. Dennis Leatherman, Pastor at Mountain Lake Independent...

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

Jul 7, 2014

Certain words and phrases can trigger it. I have several mixed emotions. I want to participate, but then I get a sinking feeling in my stomach. I read certain stories in the news and it makes me irritated and even snarky. The way that people interact on social media can be so discouraging… I have “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”. I have heard...

Do You Trust The Church?

Do You Trust The Church?

Jul 4, 2014

  The church has a serious image problem. A while back, a pastor we knew proposed to the local fire chief that his neighborhood church team up with the fire department on a particular community event. The fire chief responded: “No… you see, people trust the fire department.” Ouch. What image comes to your mind at the...

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...

John MacArthur, Bad Theology, and LGBTQ Suicides

John MacArthur, Bad Theology, and LGBTQ Suicides

Jun 11, 2014

Yesterday, my friend Benjamin Corey posted a video on his blog featuring the well-known fundamentalist mega-pastor Dr. John MacArthur answering a question he received concerning how to respond if your son comes out as gay. When I clicked on the video, I expected to hear something along the lines of “call them to repentance”, “extend the grace of God to them”,...

Choose Life or Death

Choose Life or Death

Jun 4, 2014

  Some days I just get up and go. I know my list of things to do, and I go to it. And I get a lot of work done, I like it and it’s satisfying. Other days – I’d like it to be more days – I get up and pause, and I ask God to direct me in the day. That’s when I hear a little gem. Not always, but often. I feel nudged to call somebody I’ve...