Flap Your Wings

Whose responsibility is inclusion?

Sometimes the conversation for disability justice within spiritual community feels like a monumental task. It might be something akin to that moment when the miller’s daughter is asked to spin that pile of straw into gold. What seems obvious to me seems like just another item on a to-do list to someone else, or perhaps even a potential line item in an already stretched thin church budget.Why does it matter?The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is that all people are important. As … [Read more...]

An Interstellar God


Yes, I am unashamedly referencing the movie, but that's because I can't get it out of my head. I have always been a fan of space. I love sci-fi. I love planets and stars, supernovas and galaxies. I love the images, the imaginations, the hope of people who long to see what is beyond the rock we call home. Interstellar is an amazing display of what those things could be like and I found it breathtaking.Even though people are arguing over whether the movie is good or not, and are analyzing the … [Read more...]

“Kill the Commentators” and if you have time the propositionalists too

soren kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard series PART THREE  The Soren Kierkegaard (SK) series has sought to present some of the major theological/cultural concerns associated with the philosopher/theologian in light of our current situation in protestant Christianity. Although SK lived more than 150 years ago his thought is just as relevant today, perhaps even more, than when he first wrote.In Part one I gave a brief introduction to SK as a Christian thinker who has been significantly misunderstood and … [Read more...]

Two Evangelical Christian Presentations on LGBTQ Issues

All Are Welcome

Last weekend an important gathering,  the Reformation Project’s 2014 Regional Training Conference,  was held in Washington D.C.  The Reformation Project is Matthew Vines’s organization that advocates for LGBTQ equality in evangelical Christianity.  Though I was unable to attend, a few of my friends were there and enjoyed a number of impressive presentations.Two of these presentations are now available on the web, and I’d like to bring them to your attention.  I think you’ll find both of them … [Read more...]

Remove the Chains


Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;     lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free,     and remove the chains that bind people.  Isaiah 58:6  (NLT) Callings are not always welcomed. They sound lofty and spiritual, but they really are a heavy burden if you don’t know how to follow them; my guess is that most of us are more like Jonah than Noah. What difference can one person make anyway? There is doubt that we heard anything at all, not to mention the fear of t … [Read more...]

Sleeping outside. Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness A scraggly beard covered his face. His brown eyes gleamed with a thousand sentiments and thoughts. He smiled at the children who walked past him. A Church bus pulled up south of trinity on Peachtree Street. 15 Korean Presbyterians ministers hit the pavement with tables, an audio system, and hot chili. The young worship leader grabbed his guitar and did a mike check. Jamie sat up from his reclined position against the small Maple tree that adorned the concrete. He said, … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Struggle With Racism?

    For centuries now, the divinity of Jesus Christ has been under fire. Whether this man from Nazareth was actually God, or was it all just a literary plot to perpetuate one of the largest world religions today, these are the questions that are currently being asked across many platforms today. Honestly, I think it's the wrong issue to be focused on. Whether Jesus was divine or not, or fully-divine, or fully-human, or whether you can have coffee without caffeine or not, these questions, at the e … [Read more...]

Walk Towards the Light


A week ago Sunday I led an Adult Christian forum between services at a Denver church with a real heart for social justice. My topic was “The Gospel Imperative to Do Social Justice: Living into God’s Vision of Shalom.”I chose two Bible verses to highlight:ISAIAH 1:17 (NRSV)                         learn to do good;                    seek justice,                         rescue the oppressed,                    defend the orphan,                         plead for the wi … [Read more...]

Killjoy Prophets: A Response to Tony Jones’ “In Praise of Empires”

Kent Brockman

By Daniel Fan News Flash: White Cis Hetero Male finds Empire Not So Bad After All A response to Tony Jones’ “In Praise of Empires”Courtney and I are in Rome this week, compliments of Focus Features and A Different Drummer, to visit the set of a movie based on Anne Rice’s novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. We are embargoed from writing anything about the movie (yet), but my fifteenth trip to the Eternal City has brought on some thoughts.Among Christianity’s critics from within — esp … [Read more...]

Emergence in Empire


It's a four-year-old's game of infinite regression, yet more profound than she can possibly know."Daddy, what would we do if we couldn't buy gas?," she asks with an impish grin when she knows she should be eating breakfast.I will play the game if she'll have another bite.  "Well, sweetie, I guess we'd go to a different gas station!""And what if that gas station was out of gas too?  And the other one. What if all of them were out of gas?"Pushing back flashbacks to my favorite TV sh … [Read more...]