ALL are welcome – and by all we mean some


The other day on the vast, rolling sea that is Facebook, I saw and reshared an image originally shared by Mark Sandlin who is an ordained PC (USA) minister, co-host at The Moonshine Jesus Show, blogger at Patheos and The Huffington Post. Copyright As of this writing, 99 folks signaled their approval with their god-given, handy-dandy thumbs-up. [Read More...]

Farewell Phyllis

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I met Phyllis Tickle at a conference about 10 years ago and we struck up a conversation about the work I was doing creating online church in Second Life. She was immediately fascinated and wanted me to create an avatar for her to explore the digital world. Later, she did indeed log in and wander around the [Read More...]

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A book review


It seems nearly every week we hear another report about the demise of the church. Just Google the term “leaving church” and you’ll get about 169,000,000 search results. For real, go try it. Posts range from why are people leaving, how to leave well, why not to leave, to to win members back and why [Read More...]

My cup runneth over


If you’ve read my blog recently or happen to be one of the unfortunate souls being subjected to my endlessly sappy Facebook feed, it should be pretty clear by now that I’ve lost my damn mind and fallen head over heels in love. I promise to return you to our regularly scheduled programming of exploring [Read More...]

What happens when two women walk into a South Texas courthouse to get a marriage license ?


About three days after the love imbued, justice bent, paradigm shifting decision of the Supreme Court of the United States welcoming same-sex couples into the covenant of marriage, I finally found my grown-up words amidst the heavenly chorus of joy and the clamoring cacophony of vitriol. In that post and in subsequent Facebook conversations I extended an invitation. What I [Read More...]

A response to 40 questions for Christians now waving rainbow flags


An open letter to Kevin DeYoung of the Gospel Coalition Hi Kevin, You likely don’t know me but I wanted to respond to your carefully thought-out blog post “40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags” over at the Gospel Coalition. I really appreciate the time you put into thinking through some challenging questions to which a [Read More...]

Oh Happy Day!

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On Friday, June 26, 2015 I was in Cleveland, OH setting up for a week of hanging out with a couple thousand of my Christian sisters in brothers in the United Church of Christ. People were puttering in the conference exhibit hall setting up various booths one might expect to find at a national church conference. Local [Read More...]

Friends do not “think differently” about my humanity or “disagree” about my sacred worth


Every week, hell, nearly every day, I get called out in public or private on Facebookistan about my refusal to maintain “friendships” on Facebook with people who think differently than me or have a different opinion than me -ABOUT ME. It just doesn’t make a lick of sense to me but like the fool I apparently am, [Read More...]

An open letter to Senator Jason Rapert

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So it looks like yet another ill-informed or fear-mongering politician is playing the “religious freedom” card in a very unique way. According to Arkansas Times, it seems he said Jason Rapert said this (just an snippet of the fabulous tantrum) about the 12th annual gay Pride parade in the town of Conway, AR . “This is truly [Read More...]

Regarding Evangelical Tony Campolo’s “acceptance” of gay, Christian couples


Today, Dr. Tony Campolo, an evangelical speaker and author (well known to the evangelical crowd) released a statement regarding his official change of heart and mind regarding gay couples and their acceptance in the church. In his post he says: “While I have always tried to communicate grace and understanding to people on both sides of the [Read More...]