Written by Christena Cleveland (Note: Since many pastors, church leaders, and readers of this blog are married, these tips are written for that audience. The irony that I’m writing a blog post about singleness for married people is not lost on me. :))  1. Admit that singleness is complex and that you know little to nothing about it. A lot of people seem to think that singleness is to marriage as junior varsity is to varsity. As a result, married people sometimes mistakenly believe… Read more

Lent is Not for the Oppressed…  In order for any of this to make sense, you must understand that the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was political. Christ posed a threat to the empire and so they tortured him into submission, labeled him a “terrorist,” and then justified his execution. It’s not that Lent or Ash Wednesday or this whole “forty-days-of-Lent-thing” are unBiblical (per say), it’s just that, it’s not very “Christian.” At best, Lent is a time for the privilege… Read more

This tweet caught my eye and inspired my next two posts… In some cases, it’s already at that point. You only have to look at places like Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and New Orleans – cities with crazy high gun control laws and cities that have the most murders by guns. — Jason Vana Is there a way for us to implement a control on guns without it turning into another “war on drugs”? I mean, what’s this really about? What’s… Read more

Three Reasons Billy Graham is Definitely Not an “Evangelical” Written by Tylor Standley It’s hard to picture anyone other than Billy Graham when thinking about “evangelicalism.” The term is notoriously difficult to define, but somehow he embodied it best. Yet, while he may have embodied the Evangelicalism of yesteryear, can we say the same today? The list of those qualified to be called “Evangelical” gets a little shorter every day. I’ve already mentioned Rev. Graham among a few that should… Read more

5 Legitimate Reasons People No Longer Trust the Church Well, look, it started with Constantine… the good news is that I think it’ll end with Jesus but, there’s work to be done. I’ve said it before that “the internet is killing Christianity,” I was wrong, it’s not… The church is killing Christianity. The internet has just shown us we’re not alone in feeling as if this is intolerable. It’s no exaggeration in my saying that if Jesus was alive today… Read more

“We have hundreds of friends, why do we feel so alone?” A while back I met with a mentor to talk about a relationship I was in at the time. I remember telling him how afraid I was. Nothing was wrong with her or with our relationship. In fact, everything was good. Which is why I think I was so afraid—afraid that I’d get hurt. You see, within this relationship, I wasn’t relating so much as I was performing, working so hard… Read more

“How the Internet is Killing American Christianity” The question is valid, “How much more do we have to take from the church until we have had enough?” The odd part of this question is that many of those asking this are Christians. It seems they’re tired of distorted images defining who and what they are, and deciding how the world views them. Too many Christian’s are becoming fed up with Fox News or Pat Robertson and his 700 Club being the face of Christianity. This… Read more

Most pastors professing Jesus are actually hard-working but very insecure people-pleasers preaching in accordance with learned politics; as opposed to scriptures; I know this because I was on my way to becoming this.  Usually, when people respond to this question, “What do you look for in a pastor?” they don’t answer it in regard to what they’re looking for in a pastor, so much as what they expect from a pastor. The other night I grabbed a beer with an… Read more

Millennials and Religion: Will a Lost Generation Ever Be Found? In John Chapter 6 Jesus asks Peter, “Do you want to leave too?” and, Peter says, “Where else would I go, Lord…?” In this chapter, it seems clear, that Peter was definitely not a millennial[1]. It’s estimated that 8,000-10,000 churches will close their doors this year. I’m assuming that has something to do with the whopping 80% of the US adult cohort opting out of attending Church. This 80% includes many… Read more

“There is an abhorrent lack of knowledge for the damage and devastation that sexual assault brings…” — Rachael Denhollander The walls of our institutions are held up by the framework of patriarchy and white supremacy. Worst of all is that it’s hidden beneath the guise of what has been mislabeled as “sound theology.” Best of all, change is happening. It’s not just imminent; it’s right now. For Rachael Denhollander, and Abuse Victims, The Cost of Following Jesus is Apparently Being… Read more

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