“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

On Sunday I went to my archives and reposted a guest post written by an anonymous author titled My “Affair” with a Youth Pastor, a commenter posted something interesting saying, “The clergy are in the top ten professions with the most psychopaths. It is easy to look it up on Google.” So, that’s just what I did, I Googled it. I first found the definition of a psychopath: And then I came across this post here written by Eric Barker… Read more

 “13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14 First… Being a pastor is tough. I’ll always try to be the first to say this. Every week you have to get up on stage and explain the unexplainable by somehow infusing hope into… Read more

Church hopping is a lot like seeing other people when you’re dating someone else. But, at the same time, nothing like that. Because I’m mainly doing this as a means of supporting friends that speak, preach, lecture or pastor locally. So, naturally, I’ve always done a bunch of “church-hopping”. Here’s the thing though, as I’ve been going to various East coast cities I’ve been disconcertingly noticing one consistency: These congregations, they’re all vastly homogeneous. Still, in 2018. 55 years after… Read more

In late August in the summer of 1968 a young civil rights activist took stage March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He declared a then-radical message of civil and economic equality proclaiming this: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” The rest is history… (?) Yet, bigotry… Read more

TL;DR This year a group of my friends decided to spend Christmas together. We’re a very small circle and while we like to keep it small we love to invite others in. This Christmas we decided to invite as many people to the table as we possibly could. (Side note: It’s sadly surprising how many of us have nowhere to go on Christmas – I’m left wondering if this is something new, or if it’s always been this way?) Nonetheless, the more the… Read more

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