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The Myth of Redemptive Discrimination

In hindsight, my road to becoming an ally for my LGBT friends started with frustration. My church friends during college were angry with how prominently the campus LGBT group was featured at campus events. My friends thought that our Christian… Continue Reading →

An Animal Invented the iPhone and I Got Scared by a Plastic Deer

A few weeks ago, I was driving home through my neighborhood when I got startled by a deer on a neighbor’s front porch. I only saw it from the corner of my eye, but my heart immediately started to race…. Continue Reading →

Part Saint & Part Sinner

I used to think that I had to do everything right. In fact, I thought the goal was to get more and more things right until eventually everything was right. Nothing was wrong. Wrong was bad. Wrong was so bad,… Continue Reading →

Prayer Doesn’t Change Anything

“We’ve got to pray just to make it today.” MC Hammer Every major religious tradition includes vast tracts of wisdom on the notion of prayer. Prayer is a mechanism that enables mortals to talk with the gods that created the… Continue Reading →

beauty of agnosticism

Don’t call it faith if you have all the answers. –– Dr. Brené Brown At the core of what it means to be agnostic is a stance that no one knows whether any sort of deity exists. Many would say… Continue Reading →

with or without you

Those who know me well have often heard me say, “Oh Geez, I think I’ve got another man crush.” The object of my affection this time around is Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water.  Last week, two of my otherwise separate… Continue Reading →

delicious

Food is about far more than survival to me. My wife has convinced me that our table should be an altar.  Our time around this altar is about blessing, reflection, community, love, and celebration of life.  This is a relatively… Continue Reading →

camping out

It’s 9:44pm on Saturday, May 21, 2011.  I’m still here.  Planes are not falling out of the sky.  There was no trumpet blast.  Jesus isn’t riding on a white stallion or waiting in the air to resurrect the dead according… Continue Reading →

what we’re made of

Luther said that we should read the entire Bible in terms of what drives toward Christ.  Everything has to be interpreted through Christ.  Well, if you do that, you’re going to end up with this religion of grace and forgiveness. … Continue Reading →

out of hiding

“Don’t turn your speculation into dogma.” // Rob Bell Rob Bell has brought me out of hiding. I have been following the firestorm that has erupted surrounding Rob Bell’s latest (to-be-released-tomorrow) book, “Love Wins,” since one pastor was moved to… Continue Reading →

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