How I Went From Texas Baptist to LGBTQ Advocate

“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Five Reasons Saying “The Bible Clearly States” is Dangerous (and Un-Christian)

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Most of my life, I’ve heard people preface some sort of argument they want to support with the preface, “The Bible clearly states…” I’ve come to believe, however, that this is a phrase Christians should eliminate from their vocabulary, for a number of reasons: There’s no such thing as un-interpreted scripture – Legendary preacher and [Read More...]

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

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It’s a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland. A perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God’s Kingdom. This week, I got a list of possible tasks to take on during this month of My Jesus Project, in which I’m exploring “Jesus the [Read More...]

Jesus Wouldn’t Do Lists (But I do)

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Anyone who knows me very well can tell you I’m pretty intense about things. When I start on a new book project, sometimes I will write six to ten hours a day until I’m done, my hands give out or my family claws and wails outside my office door. So of course, when I decided [Read More...]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

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First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.” And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard. It’s not even that I’ve [Read More...]

Five Ways I Suck at Following Jesus #MyJesusProject

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As you may know by now, I’m starting a new project (ramping up now, starting in earnest in February) in which I try for a year to really, seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus in western, post-industrial 21st century society. What does that look like? Do any of us actually do it? And [Read More...]

Disarming Scripture: Derek Flood tackles the problem of violence in the Bible

Derek Flood’s new book Disarming Scripture has just been released this month, and has already received endorsements and accolades from some pretty big names: Walter Brueggemann, Jim Wallis, Peter Enns, and Steve Chalke to name a few. Disarming Scripture deals with the problem of violence in Scripture, taking on some pretty huge issues—from commands to [Read More...]


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