About Andy Gill

Andy Gill has studied theology for two years in Princeton and graduating from Eastern University stepped into pastoral ministry in southern California. His passion is to communicate on topics such as the pursuit of justice, equality, and how that interacts with one’s faith and theology. Currently he resides in Philadelphia and works with youth. He consults and utilizes social media as medium to share these messages. Andy has been featured on sites such as RELEVANT Magazine, Red Letter Christians, ThoughtCatalog, and various other platforms. You can find him tweeting daily, and writing weekly at his personal blog - feel free to follow along by liking his Facebook page.

Returning To Sunday (Part 1 of 100)

Returning To Sunday (Part 1 of 100)...  I've been church shopping. There's so much in just this one statement... Like... Am I selling out? Is this not going against everything I stand for? Will I even be accepted back? What type of church am I shopping for? Does this type of church even exist? How will I be doing this (i.e. church) differently this time around? Is this me just returning to the same toxic vicious cycle secluded in this Christian Institutionalized bubble? And, why? … [Read more...]

If We Know How to End Poverty, Why Has Poverty Not Ended?

It’s said that 45 million US citizens suffer from abject poverty; ”13.1 million children in the US are food insecure.” This is not even including the estimated 11.3 million undocumented individuals currently residing in the U.S."We spend so much time making our living that we never have time to live our lives."Anyone who has ever struggled simply to meet their basic needs knows how crushing the anxiety caused by this type of poverty can be; it's misery; soul-crushing, energy-sucking mi … [Read more...]

A Brief Note on People Who Deliberately Try to Bring You Down

The other day I was meeting with a friend and we were just chatting about how it seems as if everyone we come across is exhausted or pretending to not be exhausted. And, by “exhausted” what I really mean is depleted. Being one of these people that feel depleted to the point of exhaustion, my m.o. is to find a solution. Part of what's so exhausting these days is the constant dodging of never ending negativity; seemingly, it’s coming from each and every single way; there’s no escape. Playing bas … [Read more...]

The American Church and Our Ties to White Nationalism

To Separate the Institutionalized American Church From White Nationalism is… …like removing the beating heart of raging bigot. …like removing the bride from her groom. …like taking Batman out of the Jokers equation. …like having a Michael Jordan without his drive.“White Nationalism is a type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a race[1] and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity.”What reason does the American Church have to … [Read more...]

What Jesus Meant When He Told the Disciples They Can Move Mountains With Faith As Small As a Mustard Seed

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." - Jesus (Matthew 17:20, NIV)As a kid I remember during bible camp trying to move a mountain with my newfound faith that was presumably (so I was told) the size of a mustard seed. It was right after a dramatic alter call and my 1000th time in committing/re-committing my … [Read more...]

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Heroin 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...]