Being a Christian isn’t about following the Bible, it’s about following Jesus– and that shouldn’t be so controversial. Read more

Jesus claimed that natural disasters and war would be signs that the time for the destruction of the temple, not the end of the world, was close. Read more

I believe that Christianity is a religion founded upon the life, teachings, and example of Jesus of Nazareth. Any version of Christianity that is built on a different foundation– whether it’s founded upon “following the Bible” or some foundation other than “be like Jesus,” isn’t really Christianity at all, even if it tries to go by the same name. Christianity, by definition, is supposed to mean “like Christ.” There are some Christian traditions that highlight certain parts of Jesus at the… Read more

Pope Francis has, by and large, been lauded by many progressive Christians since the earliest days of his papacy– I have been one of them. In fact, in 2015 I was interviewed by CNN as one of a variety of non-Catholic faith leaders who liked and respected him, even going so far as to say I had a “bromance” with him. There are certainly a host of things to like and celebrate about Pope Francis, most especially when viewing those… Read more

I have a serious and honest question for my friends on the Religious Right, because what you told me recently has left me confused as to your actual position. An American city saw terror descended upon it by a bunch of proud, white supremacist nazis– people who hold what most of us, whether liberal, conservative, or somewhere in-between, have long agreed is among the most vile and repulsive belief systems that a human being could hold. These nazis came out of… Read more

Friends of Formerly Fundie: As some of you may have seen on Facebook, I have spent the last year and a half quietly in the background plugging away at what became the most intense spiritual experience of my life.  Now that this season of my life has come full circle, I am back in the game and I am now thrilled to let you know that my new book Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith is available for preorder wherever books… Read more

What Franklin Graham Is Wrong About Today (my head is about to #$@ing explode edition) As a Christian, I am almost at a loss for words. Over the course of time, there has been no shortage of things Franklin Graham has been wrong about. Nor has there been any shortage of issues where he boldly issued sharp, public rebukes, against those he thought were wrong. And certainly, Franklin Graham has been the last person to hesitate issuing strong condemnations of movements, political… Read more

(Addendum: a point several have missed in this article is that it is not a critique of how all anti-fundamentalist type parents raise their kids. I am an unfundamentalist parent, and proudly so. This is a self-critique of my own parenting that I came to see through honest conversations with other parents like myself– other parents who admit this same blind spot– and an attempt to point out that some times we can push back so hard against the rigidness of… Read more

So you’re a Christian church goer. The sign on your church says “all are welcome” and you take great pride in telling people about your church, and inviting them to attend. When they arrive, you have greeters and hospitality teams who run right up to them, making sure they know the sign was right– they are welcome. You say you welcome all, and you do. And yet, with all the great pride you take in welcoming everyone, you have overlooked… Read more

Are we called to forgive those who hurt us? What does that even look like? Read more

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