10 Reasons Why People Leave Church

Whether you’ve always known what e-mail was, rode your big-wheel in the street without a helmet, can remember seeing ET in the theater, or did time in ‘Nam, here are the 10 reasons why people from all generations leave church. Read more

When Someone Far Away Loves You, Too (#Giving Tuesday)

When we first think about poverty in other countries around the world, some of the first images that come to mind tend to be mental images of poverty in warm climates such as Africa or India. However, cold-weather poverty is a unique reality in the world and presents its own set of challenges. While I grew up and live in an area that experiences bitter cold for a good portion of the year (shout-out to my fellow Maniacs), I’ve never… Read more

How Ken Ham’s Religion Pushes Our Children Towards Atheism

Ken Ham and his followers may think they’re defending Christianity and ensuring that our faith will be passed along to future generations, but the reality is they’re putting our children and grandchildren at risk of rejecting the faith entirely. I think what’s particularly tragic is that it doesn’t have to be this way; what Ken and those in the Young Earth Creationist movement have done is created a flimsy faith built on a house of cards. They have literally invested… Read more

Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith is Here Now!

From following my blog here on Patheos you know that I don’t shy away from critiquing the parts of American Christianity that I find problematic. I’m comfortable with controversy, but I don’t speak out simply for the sake of debate. I care deeply about the legacy of our Christian faith. I care about you and your faith journey. Over the past few years my Christian faith has undergone a transformation, moving beyond the fear-based fundamentalist religion I was raised with,… Read more

Sometimes, We’ve Got to Put the Theological Gas Cans Down.

I make no apologies for being a theological bridge-burner and for the years I’ve spent both personally and publicly deconstructing my old faith structure. As a post-evangelical who, like countless others, has been in a slow process of untangling many of the beliefs of my youth, my faith has been in a long season of necessary deconstruction. Those who have left evangelicalism or fundamentalism—especially those of us with deep church trauma– tend to have a special affinity for deconstruction, and… Read more

Ever Had a Vulnerability Hangover? I Feel a Big One Looming In 11 Days.

This morning I woke up from a massive migraine before the sun had even cracked the horizon– it felt what I remember hangovers feeling like years ago, but multiplied by ten. As the day goes on I realize I’m on the verge of a different kind of hangover: a vulnerability hangover. I didn’t know what one was until my friend Reba Riley used the term a while ago, but as the day wears on I’m keenly aware that I’m about to… Read more

No, God Isn’t Like Some Stephen King Character We’re Supposed to Fear

No, we shouldn’t fear God– God is not some violent clown. Read more

Complicity: Yes, it Actually is “All Men” & Our First Step Should Be Admitting That

Often when I’ve stumbled into a discussion about rape-culture, whether it be a general discussion or on a more specific sub-issue within that (including things such as: male entitlement, objectification of women, degrading of women, sexual harassment, general sexism, etc.), I’ve often caught myself having a recoil moment. That moment when I’d go from feeling like a cheerleader to feeling like I was the chief defendant? It happened every time I heard the term, “all men.” As soon as that term came… Read more

World Food Day: Preventing Famine is Better Than Its Cure

A guest post by World Vision U.S. President Rich Stearns … I don’t know about you, but I can think of at least a dozen more interesting ways to spend my time than going to the doctor. I don’t enjoy check-ups, even though it’s the best way to stay healthy. Over the course of regular visits, my doctor notes irregularities and prescribes timely treatments so they don’t develop into something worse. Sometimes I hear about the opposite scenario: a friend who avoids… Read more

To Those Christians Who Say, “God Doesn’t Give Us More Than We Can Handle”

Please stop. Seriously, just stop saying that. Read more

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