How To Be A Progressive Christian Without Being A Grump About It

So you’re a Progressive Christian? Great, we welcome you. Whether you’re a Mainline Progressive™, a Progressive Evangelical™, or in the category of I Don’t Know Where The Heck I Am Anymore™, we welcome you under our ginormous tent. (There’s free beer and wine in the back if you’re interested.) You’ll find plenty of friends here [Read More…]

Why Sex Still Dominates Christian Focus On Human Trafficking

In 2008 I first entered seminary and quickly found myself passionate about justice issues with a fervor I hadn’t experienced before. The issue that ended up blinking the brightest on my justice radar was the issue of human trafficking– something often reported to be the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. What had long been carried by [Read More…]

10 Parenting Strategies For Raising Nonviolent Children

10. Teach them every human being has unsurpassable worth.  A nonviolent ethic of love begins right here, and nowhere else. Jesus followers embrace nonviolent enemy love precisely because every human being, regardless of their outward appearance or even immoral behavior, bears the divine image of God and has unsurpassable worth to God. We must live [Read More…]

For The People Who Say, “But Jesus Didn’t Abolish The Law”

The Old Testament is tricky ground. It always has been. In it, you will find something that’s often referred to as “The Law” (insert dramatic theme music). The Law, attributed to Moses, contains 613 rules and regulations that Israel used to keep order in their society during ancient times. You’ll find some nice stuff in [Read More…]

10 Ways To Begin Dealing With Your Church Trauma

  I’ve been spending a lot of my summer this year sitting by the ocean and reading. My favorite book of the year, by far, has been Reba Riley’s memoir, Post Traumatic Church Syndrome. ‘Cause if there’s one syndrome I have, it’s definitely that one. The book is ridiculously funny and captivating– a memoir about trying 30 [Read More…]

“I Am A Human Trafficking Survivor, And This Is My Story”

This post is part 2 of a series on human trafficking I am doing with trafficking survivor, Meg Munoz. In this post, I’ve asked her if she’d share her story with us. You can find part one, here. … BLC: From what I know of your story it seems you have experience / a keen [Read More…]

“I Am A Human Trafficking Survivor & Here’s What I Want To Ask Christian Activists”

(This is part 1 of a multi-part interview. You can find part 2, Meg’s Story, here.) As perhaps many of you know, human trafficking is one of the issues I am most passionate about, and have had the chance to study it extensively over several years, both in the United States and India as part of my [Read More…]

Charisma Mag: Donald Trump Is The New Word of God

I’m not going to lie, what I just read is the dumbest thing I’ve read in my life. I’m not trying to be overly or unnecessarily critical, either. It just really, truly, is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. I had to read it three times to make sure it wasn’t the Onion. Charisma Mag (I [Read More…]

Killing Cecil The Lion: Does God Care How We Treat Animals?

Over the last 24 hours, the internet has been in uproar over the death of a creature named Cecil The Lion. I hadn’t heard of Cecil until now, but as the story goes, he’s one of Africa’s most famous lions. Cecil was a collared animal tending his pride that includes up to 24 cubs in [Read More…]

What People Really Mean When They Say “But I Believe The WHOLE Bible”

“But I believe the WHOLE Bible.” It’s a very common phrase I hear in Christian circles. In the course of teaching others to live how Jesus lived, to do what Jesus did, and to follow what Jesus taught, there are no shortage of objections to the idea. Sadly, those who most often object to the [Read More…]