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June 19, 2018
In the Beginning Was Love
In the beginning was Love. Love was with God, and Love was God, for God...
January 16, 2018
How Trump and an Unlikely Parable Changed My Mind about Voting
Despite my opposition to Donald Trump, I chose not to vote in the 2016 United...
December 14, 2017
The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT Distilled (with Danny Prada)
My friend Danny Prada, lead pastor of HeartWay Church, has distilled the points of WHEAT...
September 20, 2017
Christian Sexual Ethics and Polyamory
Margaret A. Farley has identified seven guiding principles for navigating matters of sexuality from a...
September 11, 2017
What Polyamory Is Not
It’s important to understand what is meant by polyamory. With so many misconceptions surrounding it,...
August 31, 2017
It’s Time for the Church to Talk About Polyamory
Where are the serious public conversations about polyamory? Why aren’t most LGBTQ-affirming churches being equally...
August 30, 2017
The Nashville Statement—A Point-by-Point Response
Something compelled me to write a point-by-point response to all of their affirmations and denials....
August 29, 2017
Top 10 Books That Most Impacted My Spiritual Journey
Every book I read influences me in one way or another. But a handful of...
July 10, 2017
Faith Communities (and a Hate Group) at Bellingham Pride
I was thrilled to see nine affirming congregations at my city’s Pride parade. And when...
June 06, 2017
Transformative Love (The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT)
Salvation—theosis—is the process of being transformed by God’s love into his image. We can’t “lose”...
May 30, 2017
Absolute Grace (The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT)
The God revealed in Jesus is one of kenosis, which means that he cannot violate...
May 25, 2017
Exhaustive Reconciliation (The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT)
God does not demand payment for sins, for he truly does forgive us. And he...
May 21, 2017
Human Solidarity (The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT)
Jesus accomplished our salvation by uniting his divine nature with our human nature, and he...
May 18, 2017
Wounded Children (The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT)
“Depravity” is not only a pessimistic view of the state of humanity, but also a...
May 16, 2017
The God Jesus Reveals (The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT)
Jesus is the Word of God. Any picture of God that runs counter to the...
May 09, 2017
The Beautiful Gospel of WHEAT (Not TULIP, DAISY, or ROSES)
It’s time for a new acronym—a counter-narrative to the Calvinistic gospel of TULIP, as well...
April 27, 2017
A Few Quick Thoughts on Jesus and Bibliolatry
Jesus taught them, saying, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your...
April 21, 2017
I’m Giving Away a Stack of 7 Books! (R. Foster, B. MacHaffie, B. McLaren, R. Sider, J. Yoder, et al.)
I have a problem. I like used-book and thrift stores too much. I can’t help...
April 17, 2017
The Least of All Nations (RTT)
For week three of Random Text Tuesday (RTT), my random-text selector gave me Obadiah 2....
April 14, 2017
What Did Jesus’ Death Accomplish? (Here’s the Best Explanation I’ve Heard)
It’s Good Friday, and the church is contemplating the death of Christ. Why did he...
April 04, 2017
A Day of Darkness and Gloom (RTT)
For the inaugural post of Random Text Tuesday (RTT), my random-text selector gave me Esther...
March 27, 2017
Why I Left, Why I Stayed by Tony Campolo & Bart Campolo (Book Review)
Tony Campolo is one of the most gracious and well-spoken voices that I know of...
January 25, 2017
An Open Letter to Jesus: Find Common Ground
Dear Jesus, Let me start by saying how much I appreciate the majority of what...
November 24, 2016
A Day of Thanksgiving?
Today is called “Thanksgiving.” And there’s no doubt that I—well situated in my life of...
July 03, 2016
What Did Jesus Think of the Revolution?
More than two centuries ago, the founding fathers of the United States signed a document...
April 27, 2016
Interview with Jeremy Myers, Author of The Atonement of God
I’ve long enjoyed discussions and debates with my friend Jeremy Myers on his blog and...
April 02, 2016
My Long Fight to Defend Inerrancy & Why I Finally Accepted the Bible We Have
I was raised as a missionary kid in a fundamentalist family. My dad, a pastor...
February 05, 2016
25 Views on Hell? 2 Questions to Reframe the Debate
The Christian church has always agreed that there will be a final judgment of the...
January 04, 2016
How One Church Reacted to the Threat of Violence—and the Questions It Forces Us to Ask
Pastor Larry Wright was leading a New Year’s Eve prayer service in a downtown Fayetteville...
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