Matthew Vines v. Michael Brown: The Gay Christian Debate

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The other day Michael Brown agreed to debate Matthew Vines on the issue “can you be gay and still be a Christian?”. If you missed it, they’ve just put the full debate on YouTube, which you can find here below. I’ll present this without my own commentary and everyone can be free to watch, process, [Read More...]

3 Key Reasons Why Religious Right Leaders Are So Angry

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What’s worse from their perspective, is the situation is more than just the fact these “kids” aren’t interested in leading the next generation of the religious right, but that they’ve actually switched sides. While conservative leaders were stuck in the old culture wars, those of us in progressive/emergent Christianity happily welcomed these kids into our fold (and gave them a few books to read). Today, these “kids” now make up a core block of the opposition to the very movement they were once destined to lead. [Read more...]

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and The First World Problem of “Religious Persecution”

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It seems that what has happened here is that persecution in America has become just another example of the way we view “problems” in a first world setting. Regardless of what actually is occurring elsewhere, we’re consumed with what we perceive is happening here, and behave on a practical level as if our “problem” is way worse. The way we’ve come to view persecution is no different than how we’ve come to view so many other issues. [Read more...]

Be Not Deceived: There’s No Such Thing As A “Christian Banker”

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The Bible calls bankers who lend money for interest an “abomination”. Why aren’t we putting them out of the church? [Read more...]

Permission to Ask The Hard Questions (Scripture for the 21st Century)

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Many individuals walking from conservative expressions of Christianity perhaps would walk away from Christianity entirely if they did not have a safe place to ask hard questions. We must continue to encourage and welcome the asking of these hard questions, and continue embracing a God who is big enough to handle it. [Read more...]

10 Things I’ve Learned After A Year Of Christian Blogging

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With all the drama we’ve seen in the last year, the truth remains that I am more hopeful for the future of Christianity in America than ever before. The old guard is drifting into the sunset, and those who are preparing to help lead American Christianity into a new era are some really amazing people. The new era, as I can see it from my porch, is one where thousands and thousands of people are ready to follow a Jesus who looks like the Jesus we find in the New Testament instead of an hybrid, American version. This gives me tremendous hope that the Christianity my daughter will inherit will be a far more beautiful version of Christianity than what I was given. [Read more...]

How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It.

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Let’s be honest: Christianity in America has an image crisis, and justifiably so. Somehow the most beautiful story ever told got diluted into a hybrid of culture and religion that people are finding less than appealing. Not for lack of a good narrative– even some of my atheist friends have privately conceded that as far [Read More...]

The Un-Christian Nature Of New “Religious Freedom” Laws

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Kristen Powers and Jonathan Merritt had a great article the other day pointing out the hypocritical nature of these new “religious freedom” laws that are cropping up in many states. Such laws are clothed in terms of freedom for Christians, while being incredibly un-Christian at the core. In short, these laws are designed to give [Read More...]

How Ken Ham Just Carried The Entire Jesus Movement Backwards

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Ken Ham wasn’t the only person who lost something in the debate– you and I lost too. As Jesus followers, he just made our job to create more Jesus followers more difficult because we must now convince people that his views are not simply a misrepresentation of science but a misrepresentation of what it looks like to be a Christian. [Read more...]

The Future of Progressive/Emergent Christianity: Three Steps Toward Shaping The Future

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As people who often find themselves on the margins of faith, it would be easy to just pack up and go “be” somewhere else. However, the key to the future rests in whether or not we can learn to be right where we’re at, and bring change to American Christianity in a subversive, inside out and upside down way. Here are the three steps I think we need to take in order to help the next generation discover a new kind of Christianity. [Read more...]


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