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

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

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


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?)

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...]

Real vs. Fake Christian Persecution: how you can spot the difference

One of my biggest pet peeves in this world, is when folks in my tribe play the “persecution” card. On one hand, we can’t help it– we’ve been programmed to label any negative experience related to our faith in the category of “persecution”. However, we should know better– and should know that this is actually [Read More...]

Learning How to Forgive God (when Jesus wrecks your life)

Shane Claiborne once said: “Jesus wrecked my life”. Conversely, Ray Comfort tells people: “If you trust in God, he will never let you down.” As I look back at the last two years, Shane’s take on things pretty much sums up my life. I don’t know how it is that I’m not on in-patient status, [Read More...]

10 Things You Can’t Do and Still Call Yourself “Pro-Life”

Being “pro-life” had always been something that was central to my identity. I learned early on, that in order to be a good Christian, one was expected to be “pro” or “in favor of” life- which made complete sense, and still does. As Jesus followers, we follow the one who can lead us to eternal [Read More...]