The cause of fighting human trafficking has been a hot topic for a few years now, and rightfully so. I’m one who has been so passionate about the issue that I did four years of doctoral work on the topic, from the brothels of India to all the major geographic regions of the United States– ultimately earning Fuller Theological Seminary’s 2016 Missiology Award for what was deemed unique and noteworthy contributions to the field and study of human trafficking. There’s… Read more

The most sweeping social changes often are sparked by those who are silenced by society. In fact, true change only seems to come when these voices stand defiantly taller than anyone imagined they could. It has been nearly 20 years since Columbine, and America’s powerful have done exactly nothing to make that an anomaly of the past. In fact, mass shootings are so common these days that we have grown dangerously desensitized to the reality our country faces. As outraged… Read more

“Jesus never told Caesar what to do” is the confusing new battle cry of some leaders among the Religious Right. While there’s plenty of things my former tribe have said and done over the years that have left me scratching my head, nothing is more confusing to me than their use of this claim: Saying “Jesus never told Caesar what to do” is a way of stating the correct claim that Jesus never told the formal government how to operate…. Read more

Life and death are what we all hold in common, and there certainly seems to be endless reminders throughout each day of the death part– literally and metaphorically. Whether driving by a cemetery and seeing a blatant reminder of the literal death that waits for us all, or navigating areas of our life that are now empty where they used to be filled, messages reminding us of the ever present work of death can be found all around us. Some… Read more

Let’s look at the Bible and see if Trump reminds us of when God “picked” the king Read more

(or anything else in the church that boys can do.) Read more

Those on the Religious Right claim that Trump is a Christian president who cares about Christian values. Those on the Religious Right also claim that Trump is going to protect Christians from being persecuted for practicing their faith. But those who are on the front lines of being the hands and feet of Jesus know differently– Trump’s Amerika knows nothing of Christian values, nor is he a president committed to protecting the free exercise of Christian principles. I’ve often and very publicly criticized… Read more

  We all know what people like John Piper think about women preaching and teaching the Bible from a church pulpit: That kind of thing is a boys only job. A follower recently asked him, “Should women be allowed to teach at seminary?” and I guess none of us were really surprised with his reply: That kind of thing is a boys only job. Personally, I don’t even know why a reader/listener of his would even ask the question– in 2015 he… Read more

During an interview the other day I was asked if progressive-minded Christians such as myself are hypocritical– if we are people who preach inclusion, while excluding some of our more conservative brothers and sisters. At first I agreed with the premise of his question… sort of. I believe we as Progressive Christians have blind spots, just as others do. Also like others, I believe that we (humans in general) often have a tendency to do the right thing in the wrong… Read more

A hallmark of being a conservative Christian is supposedly being “pro-life”. In the age of Trump and “nuke em’ all,” we of course know that the modern concept of being pro-life is a total farce– right along with the second hallmark of being a conservative Christian: The claim of being “pro-family.” Now, I think it’s important to note that “pro-family” never *really* meant pro-family to begin with– it was just a fancy dog whistle for “anti-gay,” and all of us in… Read more

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