Kobe Bryant, the NBA and “Gay” Redemption

I can’t stand Kobe Bryant. A lifelong basketball fan, I was as excited as everyone else when this teenage phenom burst onto the scene with what appeared to be Jordan-like potential. And as for his talent, many predictions were right. He’s one of the greatest offensive players in the game. But he lacks Jordan’s character. [Read More...]

The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie “Girl-cott” (Video)

Some folks are proposing a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because of a recent Colorado Girl Scout Troop’s decision to include a transgender child in their group. This is my counter-proposal. [Read more...]

Top 5 Blog Posts: A Month in Review

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There’s been a great deal more traffic on this blog in the past month. For that, I offer my sincere thanks! The discussions have picked up in volume and conviction, and it’s really fun to watch and help facilitate. Since I found that folks seem to really appreciate “Top 5″ or “Top 10″ lists, I [Read More...]

Re-Membering: the Heart of the Gospel

One of my favorite things about being part of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community is that we observe communion every time we participate in worship. I know for some the frequency poses the risk of draining the ritual of its significance. But for me, it’s my favorite moment, pretty much every time. There [Read More...]

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God

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It’s funny, but I realized that when I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. I don’t have anything personally against atheists. Some of my best friends are atheists. I even like Ricky Gervais. He’s an atheist, [Read More...]

From Sex to Satan, Some Churches Will Try Anything

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I wrote a piece earlier this week about Pastor Ed Young and his wife doing a 24-hour live webcast in bed from the roof of their church to promote their new book, Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy With Your Spouse. Though I’m glad evangelical churches have begun talking more openly about sex in recent [Read More...]

Hating Religion, Loving Jesus: A Well-Meaning False Dichotomy

This week has seen a new viral sensation take over our computer screens. A spoken word artist who goes by the name Bball1989 released a video on Youtube that has, in less than a week, received more than six million hits called “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” So regardless of what any of [Read More...]

Is George Lucas Revealing Hollywood’s Systemic Racism?

I was a Star Wars kid. I was almost six years old when the first movie hit theaters and it blew my mind, as it did the minds of all my friends. We all wanted to grow up either to be Darth Vader or Obiwan Kenobi, depending on your particular bent. Not for nothing, but [Read More...]

Sex Experiments for Jesus?

Having grown up in the Dallas.Fort Worth area, I’m quite familiar with the Grapevine, Texas megachurch known as Fellowship Church. In fact, while my wife, Amy, was in seminary at TCU’s Brite Divinity School, we went to Grapevine to participate in one of their worship services. Suffice it to say it wasn’t exactly my cup [Read More...]

None is Saved While One Still Suffers

For some, the central message of Christianity is about personal salvation. What it is exactly that we need saving from is debatable, depending on who you ask: from the fires of hell; from ourselves, from an apocalyptic end to the world as we know it. But I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot lately [Read More...]


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