Part 1: Same $h!% Different Century

In 1864 while making an address at the Sanitary Faire in Baltimore, MD, Abraham Lincoln spoke of the meaning of liberty this way: “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as [Read More...]

CEO’s Not Giving Political $$$$… Preach.

The other day when I was writing my article on Howard Schultz, Starbucks Founder and CEO, regarding his cancellation of a speaking appearance at Willow Creek, I saw him on CNN talking about his disgust with the partisan politics happening that is ruining our economy, and country. Schultz, live on TV, said he was a [Read More...]

Article I wrote for the Journal of Political Theology

Recently I was asked to write an article for the Journal of Political Theology. This academic journal is the world’s premier journal about the intersection of politics and theology, and members of its editorial board include Cornel West, Miroslav Volf and Walter Brueggeman, among many other well respected and notable commentators and theologians in the world of politics [Read More...]

The Government and Money: I Don’t Get It

I don’t get how the US government can’t stay within a budget without grossly exceeding it every year. When regular businesses spend all their money and can’t pay, they get shut down (unless you’re a huge bank with lots of ties to the White House, but that’s another thing I don’t understand that frustrates me [Read More...]

Shocked About New York Gay Marriage

I saw on the news the other day that on the first day of LGBT couples having the right to get legally married in New York, the New York City Clerks Office (NYCCO) reported that a record 659 marriage licenses were picked up. The NYCCO, and the news outlet, didn’t explain what “record” meant, so [Read More...]

Please Read This…

My great friend Kelly Pope gave me this in much needed encouragement: Teddy Roosevelt was speaking to a group of students in France at the Sorbonne (University of Paris), and this is part of what he had to say to them: “It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how [Read More...]

Religious Exemptions, Public Policy & LGBT

There has been a big court case going on in England regarding a gay couple who sued the owners of Cornish Bed & Breakfast because the gay couple was denied occupancy based on the owners of Cornish B&B’s Christian faith. You can read the story here. The ruling just came down this week that it [Read More...]

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

On Wednesday December 22, 2010 at 9:15am President Obama will be signing a bill that repeals Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. It’s about time. Personally, I don’t believe in war. I don’t believe in killing. I don’t believe that the only way to keep peace is through violence. I don’t believe in retaliation (even though my [Read More...]

Thankful on Thanksgiving for Oppression?

  This is my friend, Native American leader Richard Twiss, speaking about the abuse against Natives by the white power structure of our country. The first one minute and twenty four seconds of this video Richard throws it down (because he’s speaking at a conservative Christian college’s chapel service, it seems like he eased up a little on them the [Read More...]

Transgender Male Playing on Division I Woman’s Basketball Team

Recently there was a fascinating story breaking out of George Washington University’s (GWU) woman’s basketball team: One of their players, Kye Allums, now identifies as a transgender male. Here is the link to the story. I am always interested in college sports stories because, as some of you may know, I received an athletic scholarship to play Division I baseball in college. [Read More...]

Leader of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Finally Loses American $ Support

BREAKING NEWS exclusive to my friend Dr. Warren Throckmorton’s blog, Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, who gave the bulk of financial support (here and here) to Martin Ssempa – the leader of the Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda, has finally cut financial ties with him! This is a huge blow to the sustainability of the [Read More...]

Forget Issues, Remember People

The following is a reflection that was written by Nathan Albert on August 4th after Prop 8 was ruled to be unconstitutional by Judge Walker in California. Nathan serves as the Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. I have been sitting in front of my computer trying to come up with words to [Read More...]

“Fallout” from Q

I posted my full talk here from Q. Although the response on my blog (and many other sites) has been overwhelmingly positive, there have been just as many harsh words written about what I said. I knew this would happen (duh!), but it’s so ironic to me that many of the people writing that crap about [Read More...]

My Talk from Q Conference 2010

So a day after I land from England I had to speak at the one-of-a-kind Q Conference, which was being held in Chicago this year (I took the picture above from my phone as I was about to go on stage). I was very humbled that Q’s founder, Gabe Lyons, asked me to share some thoughts [Read More...]


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