Genesis: The First Messy, Tangled Act in God’s Long Story of Becoming Humane


For the last couple of months, I’ve been studying the book of Genesis with a group of very bright young University of Southern California (USC) students. I’m the adviser for our “Church of the Broken Bread” progressive Christian student fellowship here. Our weekly gatherings are simple. First, each of us takes a piece and says [Read More...]

Connecting the Q in LGBTQ to the Bible’s ‘Q’ Source


Several times over the past few weeks, people have asked me, “What does the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ stand for?” One of them, oddly enough, segued into asking, “What is the ‘Q’ source in biblical studies?” I am by no means an expert, but this is how I understand things. The answer to each question is roughly: “It stands for [Read More...]

De-terrorizing the Texts of Terror: What The Bible’s “Punishing God” is Really All About

There are any number of texts in the Bible that depict God as a punishing God, and God’s punishments, according to these texts, can be quite severe. I have noticed that some evangelicals who emphasize God’s love tend to ignore these texts, while others seem to take delight in a punitive God. Some progressives are [Read More...]