10 Reasons I’m Glad I Came Out As A Progressive Christian

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If you in a conservative expression of Christianity but secretly a “progressive”, life can be lonely. While there are certainly some risk involved in “coming out progressive” I believe the benefits outweigh the losses, and that being open and true to who you are, is the best course of action. Here are 10 reasons why I’m glad that I came out as a Progressive Christian: [Read more...]

Your Same Sex Marriage Hasn’t Affected The Sanctity Of Mine (an apology to the LGBT community)

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A new study shows that divorce rates are highest in areas with conservative Christians– not just for themselves, but for their neighbors as well. I think it’s time we apologize to the LGBT community for accusing them of harming the “sanctity” of marriage. [Read more...]

Dear Evangelicalism: I Don’t Think This Relationship Is Going To Work.

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If evangelicalism were a person, here’s what I’d need to say: So, Evangelicalism… it’s me. I’m guessing this won’t come as a huge shock to you because our relationship has been strained for quite some time now, but I need to tell you: This relationship isn’t working for me anymore. I wish I could say [Read More...]

American Slavery, Marriage Equality, and the Wrath of God

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Reflecting back on the movies I saw in 2013, the most powerful movie was hands down 12 Years A Slave. If you haven’t seen this movie, I hope you will as soon as it is out on DVD– this is one of those movies that will seriously disturb you, but for all the right reasons. [Read More...]

10 Reasons Why I’m Falling In Love With Pope Francis

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Pope Francis was recently named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, a choice that I think was spot on. When Pope Benedict vacated the papacy, I don’t think any of us expected what has come to a realization in Pope Francis: a Pope that looks a heck of a lot more like Jesus than any [Read More...]

10 Reasons Why Reading The Bible Makes Us More Progressive

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In a piece I published yesterday, (Study Shows: Reading Your Bible Often Makes You More Liberal), we took a look at a study I read the other day which showed the more often people read their Bible, the more liberal/progressive they become. (In yesterday’s article I used the term “liberal” but in today’s I’m using [Read More...]

Study Shows: Reading Your Bible Often Will Make You A Flaming Liberal

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Ok, well… maybe not a “flaming” liberal. I just said that to get you to click the link… by now, you should know I like provocative titles that get you to read articles (a tactic you are completely validating, I might add). BUT, a study I read the other day does show that the more [Read More...]

Fundamentalist: we’re all at risk of becoming one

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It’s easy to take a stand against Christian fundamentalism. Many of us have had previous experiences within the toxicity of such a worldview, and by the grace of God, have found our way out of it. Recently however, I’ve been reflecting on the concept of fundamentalism in general, and feel like we all need to [Read More...]

Simple Life: why we need less stuff in our lives

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In February, I found myself spending time in the slums of Mumbai, India while on a research expedition for my dissertation on Human Trafficking in India. It had long been a dream of mine to spend time in the slums and make some friends. While many of my friends here in the west want to [Read More...]

Wrestling with God: (Why am I still convinced God hates me?)

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While I broke with fundamentalist religion somewhere around 2007, I still struggle. As any therapist will tell you, old mental habits take a long time to break. I’ve been reflecting on this lately during some sleepless hours, and have come to accept something: I still believe that God hates me. I don’t know why. Intellectually, [Read More...]


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