The Only Way To Avoid Attending A Church You Have Disagreements With

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Church. There’s probably few words in the English language that provoke so much emotion when I hear it spoken– maybe that’s true for you too. There are times in my life where I’d say the word “church” with watery eyes and a heart of gratitude, and other times when I say the word with exasperation [Read More...]

When Being Anti-LGBTQ is More Important Than Being the Church

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Theological questions on LGBTQ issues is one of the areas where much of the Church has some serious wrestling to do. Beyond wrestling with some of the outstanding scholarly work being done (see for instance, NT scholar JRD Kirk) the main question much of the Church must contend with is that of functionality: What does the [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why I Won’t Give Up On “The Church”

 A few weeks ago I was in LA for a panel discussion with Christian Piatt, Peter Rollins, Bart Campolo and Trip Fuller (as part of Christian’s Post-Christian book tour), where we discussed all things having to do with the future of Christianity now that the era (error) of Christendom is over. It was a great [Read More...]

Suicide Prevention: It’s Time For The Church To Get Serious

I wear a lot of labels in life– or perhaps from a different vantage point, I could say that people call me a lot of things. Whatever these labels I wear, whatever these words assigned to me, there is one label among them which I hate with every fiber of my being: suicide survivor. I [Read More...]

Is It Time To Remove The Flag From The Church Sanctuary?

If one were to walk into an American Church, it’s far more likely than not that somewhere on the stage in the sanctuary, there will be found an American flag. This tradition is one that spans across a wide-variety of faith traditions, from Catholic to Evangelical, Mainline, etc., and is not limited to a certain [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why Christians Can Be So Mean To Each Other

“In fairness, I think people in general have a propensity to be mean to each other. But Christians? We’re the ones who are supposed to be known by our love. Yet, visit the comment section of almost any Christian blog post- mine or otherwise- and it is quick to see that we often become people not known by love, but by our ability to eat our own young.” {Excerpt from Article} [Read more...]

Into The Desert: How I Accidentally Became A Missionary (after quitting church)

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As soon as Christmas was over, I started out on my walk in the desert. We had just gone through yet another very painful church experience, and my family and I decided that we needed to set off into the desert to have some space… to have a season of quiet. We set off into [Read More...]

How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It.

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Let’s be honest: Christianity in America has an image crisis, and justifiably so. Somehow the most beautiful story ever told got diluted into a hybrid of culture and religion that people are finding less than appealing. Not for lack of a good narrative– even some of my atheist friends have privately conceded that as far [Read More...]

Taking Space: When You Love The Church Too Much To Go To Church

When your church experience has you wounded and depleted, sometimes the good and right thing to do, is to take a break from church. Missionaries take breaks, pastors take breaks– and so should weary church-goers. [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...]


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