Colonial Barriers in Seminary Education

I’m glad to see the conversation taking place in the Patheos forum about whether Seminary as an institution is on its way out, headed for radical reform, or if the cries of “fire” are overblown. Many of the issues that concern me have been addressed, but there’s one particular issue I see as central to [Read More...]

We Can’t Un-Open the Postmodern Box

Adam, a friend on Facebook, sent a couple of questions to me via chat yesterday that I thought could be more easily answered in a blog than in shorts bursts on instant messaging. I’ve written about my thoughts on postmodernism, its effects on theology and the church before, but it’s an important enough subject to [Read More...]

Parting Thoughts from Soularize

I came a little bit late to the game. This was my first Soularize event, but founder Spencer Burke also announced it will be the last. Always the visionary, Spencer is moving on, carrying the conversation “from critique to action,” he says. with this, he announced his new Mission Planting project, with the focus on [Read More...]

Day One at Soularize 2011

I’m still operating from the haze of fatigue from a breakneck day in San Diego with some of the most exciting thinkers and activists in Christianity today. That, and I cannot, for the life of me, find the coffee in the guest house where Amy and I are staying. All of this, combined wit the [Read More...]

Wrestling With Ethical Food Choices

I’ve always been a fan of the philosophy that if God had meant for humans not to eat meat, it wouldn’t taste so delicious. Mostly I like that perspective because I’ve grown up eating some kind of meat my entire life. But lately I’ve started to wonder if there’s a Biblical basis for vegetarianism. In [Read More...]

Sex is Dirty; Save It for Marriage

Three generations of women in my family left the house this morning for a women’s tea at church. My wife, Amy, and a few other women started this monthly tradition a while back at Milagro (the congregation we founded in our house seven years ago) when we realized we had a number of young girls [Read More...]

Living Into a New Story

My wife, Amy, and I just got back from a quick trip to Las Vegas for my 40th birthday. I jumped off a 109-story building, we did the zip line down Freemont Street, watched a couple of shows, ate too much food…is was fantastic. Trips to Vegas these days are different for us than they [Read More...]

Considering the options, I’ll take suffering

I write this knowing well that someone older than I am likely will post some snarky comment about how I know nothing about aging. But it’s on my mind and this is my blog…so there. I turn forty this week. For the most part, I think it’s great. I love my life, my family, and [Read More...]


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