7 Ways I’m Not Entirely Progressive

I just got back from the Wild Goose Festival. It's a great experience every year, but it's also a time in which I feel strangely conservative because of my relative location on the spectrum of Christian belief. I live my life in the intersection of two orthodoxies: progressive intersectional social justice and evangelical Christianity. Basically, I remain a evangelical who seeks a gospel that is decolonized and purged of the distorting idols of nationalism, capitalism, white supremacy, and … [Read more...]

If Jesus Had Been Eugene Peterson

Members of the Sanhedrin,I understand that the charges against me are quite serious. So I wanted to offer some clarifications and apologies for any confusion I may have caused. First, I want to remind you that I am absolutely 100% committed to every jot and tittle of the Law and the Prophets which I said very clearly in my Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:18). I realize that I also said a lot of hyperbolic things that might have been ill-advised. But I get so passionate sometimes. And most of … [Read more...]

The 7 Best #GospelBro Retorts to #EugenePeterson

I don't have time to write a real blog post since I'm leaving for Wild Goose tomorrow morning. But Eugene Peterson is the most established evangelical leader to date to go public with his support for same sex marriage in an interview that dropped yesterday. He wrote a translation of the Bible called the Message that hundreds of evangelical megachurch pastors use in their sermons every week. Needless to say, #GospelBro Twitter was not amused. So I wanted to share the seven best #GospelBro retorts … [Read more...]

Five twitter theology feeds: the gospel, hyervigilant moralism, law and order, God’s glory, Good Samaritan

I've been traveling for the past week so I've only had internet access on my phone. I recently got back into twitter again after being dormant for a while. One difference this time is posting in feed chains rather than just stand-alone tweets. I've made five different theology feeds over the past several days which I'm sharing below. So click on a thread (or several) and tell me what you think.1. The gospel as I understand itThis is my attempt to summarize the gospel that I believe … [Read more...]

The Selective Inerrancy of Romans 13 for American Patriots

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were not biblical inerrantists. If they had been, they would have had to contend with Romans 13:1 which says “all authorities that exist have been instituted by God.” And they would have been forced to frame the grievances of their Declaration to justify their disobedience of Romans 13.For John Calvin and his inerrantist minions, there was only one reason that rebelling against an established government was permissible: if obeying God required di … [Read more...]

When God Won’t Let Me Go Off On The Evangelicals

I was planning to go off on the evangelicals in this blog post. After First Baptist Church of Dallas went all-in on their nationalist idolatry, releasing an official CCLI Christian praise song called “Make America Great Again.” After I heard about an angry white man shooting a black girl with his concealed handgun out of road rage. After Donald Trump released his wrestlemania tweet.I was debating about whether to call them “God and country evangelicals” or “white evangelicals.” If I called th … [Read more...]

False Prophets Are Known by Their Fruit

Yesterday, the daily gospel reading was Matthew 7:15-20: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know t … [Read more...]

The fascinating intersectionality of the word “cuck”

One of the most bizarre phenomena of the Trump era is the reintroduction of a quaint Shakespearian insult into the English language: "cuckold" or usually "cuck" for short. In Shakespearian English, cuckold was the word used for a man who knows that his wife is sleeping around but doesn't do anything about it. It reentered the English parlance officially in 2007 with an entry in the Urban Dictionary, and its use took off explosively during the 2016 presidential election campaign. What's … [Read more...]

Atonement: a basic explanation

Atonement is the centerpiece of Christian theology. It’s a compound word that literally means what God does through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to rescue humans from our self-alienation and make us “at one” with him. In other words, atonement describes how God removes our fear and shame so that we can face him with peace and integrity despite being sinners in a sinful world.There’s been a lot of argument about atonement in recent years, particularly around descriptions of atonement that mak … [Read more...]

A Response to Seedbed’s Five Marks of Theological Liberalism

I would not call myself a liberal Christian. I self-identify as a progressive evangelical, which is to say that I fall on the progressive end of a narrower spectrum whose boundaries I take seriously even if I dispute where they ought to be drawn. Many United Methodists share my origin as a progressive evangelical refugee from toxic culture war Christianity. Since too many conservative United Methodists project a caricature of theological liberalism onto progressive evangelical refugees like me, … [Read more...]