Heroine Addictions And Why I’m Still Not Married…

“As we all know-or should know-we can’t aim straight for happiness; rather, happiness is an accompaniment to engaging in valuable projects and developing meaningful connections with others.”There’s a guy in Philadelphia who dresses up as Hulk Hogan; full out costume; doesn’t cut any corners; yellow mustache, bandana, and even an authentic WWF Championship belt. The first time I saw him, he came barreling through Starbucks front doors, pausing, and then slowly raising his belt in the air … [Read more...]

Why a White Jesus is a Problematic Version of Jesus: Why and How He is a Dangerous Tyrant (Part 2)

Part 2: Why a White Jesus is So Incredibly Damaging Have you ever heard of a guy named Pete Holmes? It's okay if you haven't; he's a comedian that has podcast; but his podcast isn't comedic so much as it's just him having two hour conversations (as opposed to interviews) with various guests. He recently brought on a priest named Richard Rohr (you can listen to the full podcast here). But, within this conversation Rohr broke down the biblical narrative into four parts: Passion, death, … [Read more...]

Why a White Jesus is a Problematic Version of Jesus: What is Eurocentric Theology? (Part 1)

I follow this guy on Twitter who goes by the name of "Irish Atheist" and it is so incredibly painful to read the replies, from fellow Christians, to his tweets. I've noticed over the years that christians love throwing at him the notion that "he just has yet to find the right church home…" Here’s the thing… One of the most annoying things friends and/or family members say to me [that still remain in the Church] is, “You must have not found the right Church home, yet…” It’s this indolent, pious, … [Read more...]

The Cost of Joy: “But We Rejoice in Our Sufferings…”

Joy is not the absence of pain; it’s the presence of meaning and intimacy [regardless of pain or sufferings presence]. Suffering, far too many times, I think, is the result of inaction; that is, doing nothing in face of pain or unexpected hardships.  It’s when we can’t find or don’t have a reason to push forward that we tend to give up and allow hardship to win. Taking this on from a different perspective: Joy is a constant choice in which we repeatedly make, day in and day out until it becomes … [Read more...]

“But We Rejoice in Our Sufferings…”

Just keepin' it real, but, the past two years, life has just completely and utterly beat shit out of me. It was like being trapped underneath a seemingly never ending set of waves; one bad thing after another; feeling a sense of panic from the uncertainty that you’re going to make it. But, in the same way you don’t try and stop the waves from coming, it’s fruitless to exert your energy on any attempts at stopping this series of unfortunate events; while it’s even more foolish to become angry dur … [Read more...]

Church Marketing Sucks: What the U.S. Church Can Learn from Kendall Jenner and Pepsico’s Blunder

Quick Question (answer without stopping to think): Who’s thought to be the most influential Christian today? N.T. Wright, Chris Tomlin, Joel Osteen…? While I don’t have the research to prove it’s any one person, I can say with confidence that it’s none of the guys listed above. What I can say with confidence is that it can be whittled down to being either Kanye West, Justin Bieber, or one of the Kardashians.“We consider accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media … [Read more...]

Biblical Prophecy Unequivocally Proven to be False

But, as time as gone by, I’ve randomly thought of various questions I’ve had in the past, yet have never taken the time to dig into… One of which is in regards to biblical prophecies.  And, before I go on, I want to make it clear that I am all about the bible. This isn’t one of those, “anti-bible/I’m turning atheist” posts (that’s next week… only kidding). I greatly value the bible; I think within our context we should all value these texts; as they’ve absolutely shaped our politics, relationshi … [Read more...]

Costly Grace as a Survival Tactic: Finding Happiness Despite the Pain and Suffering

Forgiveness is such a little B****. I mean, saying it more eloquently, forgiveness, it’s a double edged sword. If you forgive, then you feel as if they win; if you choose not to forgive, you then feel and find the truth within the platitude saying, “Not forgiving is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”Many times as a pastor, I'd be constantly asked by congregants "How do you forgive…?" And I'd tell them, "The same way you get over your ex: you sleep with as many p … [Read more...]

Megalomaniactic Pastors: What if Your Pastor’s a Functional Psychopath?

I meet up with a ton of pastors for lunch or coffee. It’s not a means of “networking” as it’s mostly just a means of connecting with like-minded men and women. These groups of people consist of mega-church leaders, musicians, youth pastors, lay-leaders, and everyone else in between. But, the other day I met up with a pastor of a larger Church, as he was guest speaking/preaching here in Philadelphia. Never thinking about it before, today really, I realized that most of us within pastoral ministr … [Read more...]

The Evangelical Delusion: “We Are the Persecuted Minority”

Growing up in the white evangelical church I always found there to be a disconnect. No matter how hard I tried to fit in I couldn't seem to find any connection with my surroundings. I didn't understand and neither could I fully comprehend why. I grew up in the same neighborhood(s), wore the same clothes, and there were more than enough kids that were my age, shoot, my parents were even white (I'm adopted). So then what was it? Experience. It wasn't until later on in life that I figured out, … [Read more...]