My Understanding of Radical Love

I am a Christian, so I know love. I know love because I am loved. Unconditionally. I know what love is supposed to look and feel like. I know how I am supposed to love because Jesus invented the come-as-you-are-culture. Therefore if I am a believer in Jesus I must follow in his ways. The [Read More…]

The Endangered Art of Theological Humility

The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. What often happens to be missing in conversations about faith & homosexuality is not just tact and love, (take a quick look at just about any comments sections after a blog post on homosexuality and the bible) but humility. [Read More…]

The Future of College Ministry: Credibility Over Credentials

The following post was featured as a guest post on Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians blog. More than any other type of life and faith in culture, there is no doubt in my mind that college ministry is consistently the most rapidly changing population of believers. I am only 11 years removed from my freshman [Read More…]

Book Review: Unprotected Texts

The following is a book review by Nathan Albert, our Director of Pastoral Care, for the book Unprotected Texts by Jennifer Knust. Her publisher HarperOne sent us this book to review on the blog. You can buy the book here. I think you should read Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire.  Provocative [Read More…]

Video of me speaking at Mariners Church – Irvine, CA

Lumen 1.30 – Andrew Marin from mariners church on Vimeo. This video was from two weekends ago while I was quite sick. I’m just happy my body and voice lasted. What did you think of the 3 suggestions to engaging the LGBT/conservative Christian conversation? Much love. [Read more…]

Regardless of Your Orientation, Seek Holiness

The following post was written by Nathan Albert, Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation for the Sex and the Soul Blogathon that is currently underway. Head on over to their website to check out the posts for the first three days. I do not think that “Gay Christian” is an oxymoron.  I do, [Read More…]

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Here is a question I get quite a bit; and just recently have been asked it more than usual: Why did Jesus talk in parables? I also wrote about this question here, but because I’ve been asked it so many times recently I thought I would say something again. I believe he did so for [Read More…]

On Dorian Gray & Sanctification

This post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde The picture of ourselves that we present [Read More…]

When God Throws a Party

The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” -Dorothy Day There are those words by Jesus that seem to haunt and inspire me at [Read More…]

Go and Sin No More

The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. You will often hear Christians with a more conservative view of scripture as it relates to homosexuality say that they must share their faith with grace and truth when it comes to engaging the gay and lesbian community. Translated [Read More…]

What is the “Gospel”? To Me it is…

Thanks for all of your great insights yesterday on what you believe is the Gospel! I loved reading them, and I generally like to think that the people that read this blog are at least 82.6% smarter than people who read any other blog Maybe it’s just that the people who have thought about what the [Read More…]

What is the “Gospel”?

In April 2010 I heard a man I know and respect greatly, Scot McKnight, speak about his understanding of the Gospel. Scot is a no-joke theologian and someone that when he talks, people (and I) listen. His talk about the Gospel peaked my interest because I had never really thought deeply about what I believed the Gospel [Read More…]

Here are the Old Testament Scripture References that Jesus Quoted More Than Anything Else

Everytime I read the New Testament I see Jesus quoting the Old Testament quite a bit. As I learned in my Bible interpretation classes in seminary, parallel passages and repeat quotes are there to drive points home more directly. Maybe it’s just me, but for a while now I’ve wondered if Jesus quoted any one [Read More…]

Faithful Christianity Means a Walking Hypocrite?

This morning my good friend Adam McLane posted these profoundly truthful words on feeling like a hypocrite. When I read it I quickly remembered a series of conversations I’ve recently had. Before I get into those let me tell you this, even if some may disagree: I am intentionally, and with a humble spirit, trying my [Read More…]