God is Transgender


I had a text discussion this morning with two of my theological colleagues, and one asked if we felt the “cosmic Christ,” was necessarily male or female. This also led to our understanding of the Holy Spirit, and ultimately to how we understood God. And it was then that I came to a realization about [Read More...]

Tony Jones, Republican Drones and Santorum vs. Rome (Homebrewed CultureCast)


Could it be? Are the CultureCasters back on the horse after a two-part live extravaganza, more more miles than a presidential primary candidate and more excuses than, um, well…a presidential primary candidate? Yessir/ma’am. We’re back and on track, for tha reelz. For the first episode after the live gig, we’ve got Tony Jones talking about [Read More...]

Why Do 3-Year-Olds Die? Pat Robertson: “He Could Grow Up To Be Hitler”


700 Club leader and purveyor of no shortage of off-balance comments on his TV offered a staggering response to a caller who asked him what she should say to a grieving coworker who recently experienced the death of her three-year-old son. His advice? Tell her it was a good thing, because he might grow up [Read More...]

LGBTQ Pride Month: What We Do When the Bible is Ignorant?


Let’s face it; the Bible is ignorant about some things that we know more about now, including things like biology and neurochemistry. So how do we deal with that as people of faith? June is officially “Pride Month,” in which we celebrate the public empowerment of, and advocacy for, our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. Though the [Read More...]

Why Tony Campolo “Came Out” for Marriage Equality


After decades of “bridge building” between the LGBTQ community and those who identify as Evangelicals in opposition to full LGBTQ inclusion, Tony Campolo spoke out in favor of both full inclusion of same-sex couples in the church, as well as for marriage equality. “It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil” [Read More...]

Following Jesus Isn’t About Belief. It’s About Walking.


For decades, if not centuries, people have been sold a false bill of goods when it comes to Christianity. If you’re like me you were told there was this guy named Jesus who was sent to earth by his dad (named God) to die for our sins. However, there was still a caveat if you [Read More...]

Do Buddhism and Quantum Theory Support the Idea of Original Sin?


Generally, I’ve rejected the doctrine of Original Sin (the idea that we’re all burdened with the mark of sin passed down since the fall from Grace for which Adam and Eve were responsible), but believe it or not, it was a non-religious show on NPR that got me thinking about it again. I was listening [Read More...]

THE SHACK: How a Christmas Gift Turned Into a 20-Million-Book Bestseller

the shack

See Wm. Paul Young, author of “The Shack” live in Seattle and Portland May 16th and 17th, along with Reba Riley and Christian Piatt. For more, visit www.WheresGod.org. Most people have heard of Wm. Paul Young’s first novel, THE SHACK. Some may even know that it went on to sell more than 20 million copies, [Read More...]