I’m Writing a Book– and the publisher wants YOUR help in naming it!


That’s right– I’m happy to announce that this week I have signed a book deal with my new friends over at Destiny Image Publishers to write a book that is currently scheduled to be released in August of 2014! I am beyond excited about this opportunity, and am humbled to add a progressive, Anabaptist voice [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...]

Definition of Irony: why “end times” believers might actually trigger the end times


Like many of you, I grew up as an end-times believer. I mean pre-tribulation rapture, antichrist, battle of Armageddon, and the whole nine yards. While other kids were thinking about where they were going to go to college, I was worried that the rapture would come before I had sex. Or worse, that I would [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...]

Common Objections & Misunderstandings on Christian Nonviolence


One of the most difficult Christian doctrines to accept is the doctrine of Christian Nonviolence. The reason why it is among the most difficult Christian beliefs to embrace is because it directly contradicts what American culture has taught us from day one. However, the teachings of Jesus were always radical. They were in conflict with [Read More...]

Trayvon Was My Grandson: why I want to see King’s dream completed


50 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave what is perhaps, the most profound speech in all of American history. I remember visiting Washington D.C several years ago and standing in the exact spot where Dr. King gave his speech, not knowing how deeply I [Read More...]

10 Ways We Water Down the Gospel (let’s admit, we all do it)


The accusation that some other group or person is “watering down the gospel” is an easy one to make. It’s an accusation I’ve heard many, many times over the years– and have even been on the receiving end of it a time or two. In fact, while I was writing this post, in some of [Read More...]

Standing With Israel: how bad theology duped us into supporting terrorism and oppression


Not many days go by without seeing some sort of “Stand with Israel” image pop up into my Facebook news feed. And, each time it does, my heart grieves over the fact that so many of my fellow Christians have been taken in by this new and dangerous theology, and in so duped into supporting [Read More...]

Literal or Metaphoric? (or are we asking the wrong question entirely?)


While I love the debates on whether or not a particular passage in scripture is intended to be taken literally or metaphorically, lately I’ve been wondering if after all this time, we’re simply asking the wrong set of questions. Back in February I had the opportunity to attend the Justice Conference with one of my [Read More...]

10 Reasons Why People Leave Church


Why do people leave church? This is the question I have heard discussed quite a bit recently (a discussion kicked off by Rachael Held Evans with her article “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church“) and a discussion which continues to flow throughout the blog world. I much appreciated Rachael’s thoughts on why Millennials, specifically, are [Read More...]