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June 03, 2018
Why I Don’t Care About What Roseanne Barr or Samantha Bee Said…
Why I Don’t Care About What Roseanne Barr or Samantha Bee Said... "Rome is burning...
April 23, 2018
On Loving Difficult People And, Being Loved as a “Difficult Person”…
Saying “difficult people/person,” it’s both redundant and untrue. Because, while we’re each uniquely different, none...
April 22, 2018
Breaking the Cycle of a Toxic and Meaningless Negativity
Having been in and out of both progressive and conservative circles, communities, schools, and churches...
April 19, 2018
Are You Being Straw Manned?
Whatever happened to that "liberal" part of the Christian movement that was actually about doing...
March 07, 2018
6 Tips On How Married Christians Can Embrace Single Adults
Written by Christena Cleveland (Note: Since many pastors, church leaders, and readers of this blog...
January 15, 2018
Anesthesiological Heresy: How our American Gospel Segregates Us and then Keeps Us From Serving the Poor and the Powerless
In late August in the summer of 1968 a young civil rights activist took stage...
January 08, 2018
The Struggle of Calling People Into Spaces that Don’t Welcome the Marginalized
TL;DR This year a group of my friends decided to spend Christmas together. We're a very...
December 13, 2017
Revolution of Niceness: Differentiating Between Good and Nice
I'm not sure anyone else within white Americanized Christianity, is saying it so I will: The...
October 10, 2017
Imposing Order Into An Otherwise Chaotic World
Imposing Order Into Chaos Things aren’t good. Well, if you’ve turned on the TV recently...
September 27, 2017
Weapons of Mass Distraction: When People Throw Hate You’re Being Effective at Something
It’s too easy to get sucked into the negativity that is so prevalent in this...
September 15, 2017
Gay and Progressive at Liberty University
"This is what it’s like to be in a minority attending a school built by...
August 24, 2017
What Happens When You Lose Your Religion?
What Happens When You Lose Your Religion? Here’s the thing, when “Worship services begin to...
July 26, 2017
A Dissipating Rage Against the Machine (Correctly Dealing With Anger Towards the Church)
Dealing with an anger towards the "church"... Joy is not something handed to you; joy...
July 22, 2017
Returning To Sunday (Part 1 of 100)
Returning To Sunday (Part 1 of 100)... I've been church shopping. There's so much in...
July 18, 2017
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...
July 09, 2017
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...
May 29, 2017
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...
April 29, 2017
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...
April 24, 2017
“But We Rejoice in Our Sufferings…”
Just keepin' it real, but, the past two years, life has just completely and utterly...
March 11, 2017
Failing Forward: A Lesson Learned From Repeatedly Learning Nothing
This morning I felt as if I was Tom Hanks character from the Cast Away...
February 15, 2017
The Weirdest Christian Belief I Still Stand By: Heaven is For Real
So, here’s the thing, as much as my theology over the course of the past...
February 08, 2017
Who Would Jesus Bomb: Is Violence Ever a Means to Effective Justice?
Who Would Jesus Bomb? I’m rarely on Facebook these days, but, recently, I hopped on...
September 28, 2016
Identity: Who You Are Is Not Defined By What They Say
I don't know about you, but, I struggle with insecurity. Like, crippling amounts of deeply embedded...
September 19, 2016
What the Truman Show Says About Inner Religious Freedom
In the movie The Truman Show, the director of Truman's show, is asked "Why do you...
September 01, 2016
On Lynching Colin Kaepernick
I'm having the hardest time fully understanding why our nation is so incredibly outraged over Colin...
August 23, 2016
When You’re Failing at Life #Adulting
I've been pissed at myself as of late. You see, I'm a grown ass man, and...
May 06, 2016
“How do we call people in even as we call them out?”
I recently lost yet another a white friend over “the issue of race.” It was...
February 23, 2016
Hurry Sickness: A Lesson on Doing Nothing
I almost died. Not really, but kind of... If you by any chance follow me...
February 10, 2016
Why I’ll Be Angry if Wheaton College Does Not Fire Larycia Hawkins
“It's worth remembeing that the wedge that splits the wood is what ultimately takes the...
January 27, 2016
Four Things You Should Know Before Reading The Bible
The other day my doctor found out that I attended seminary, she was ecstatic telling...
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