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 gender normativity… 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… 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… 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 it This is… 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 disobeying… 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… Read more

False Prophets Are Known by Their Fruit

Google is filled with legalistic, fundamentalist explanations of what a false prophet is. Usually it has something to do with supporting homosexuality or questioning whether non-Christians go to hell. Unsurprisingly, none of these explanations engage Jesus’ statement that “you will know them by their fruits.” 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…. 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… 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, I thought… Read more

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