Comprehension Begins With Conversation


“Comprehension begins with conversation.” This quote from my mentor, the renowned bridge-builder Dr. David Anderson, has been the guiding principle in everything I have tried to do as a young religious leader. Living in the pluralistic and diverse society, it is necessary that all of us, to one degree or another, become principled pluralists, able to engage intelligently and respectfully with the different perspectives and worldviews that surround us everywhere we go. And that engagement begins w … [Read more...]

Announcing the Imago Dei Summit: A Response to the #ACBC15 Conference


Today marks the beginning of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on the topics of "Transgender Confusion" and "Homosexuality". I wrote about this conference a few weeks ago on my blog, detailing my concerns about how the conference was organized and what sort of teaching and counseling would be promulgated among evangelical pastors who will likely deal with LGBTQ individuals in their congregations.As I thought and prayed about how I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, Kim Davis, and a Nation In Crisis


Pope Francis’ has come and gone and we are still feeling the ramifications of his visit to the United States. I had the honor of following the Pope’s journey through Washington D.C. and up to New York City. As I traveled throughout these cities, following Francis, I encountered masses of people flocking to street corners and arenas to get a glimpse at this religious leader who seemed to inspire hope in the hearts of even the most jaded individuals. I listened closely to the Pope’s messages over t … [Read more...]

Exposing The Spiritual Malpractice of Southern Baptists and The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors


The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors will be hosting a series of conferences next month on the topics of “Homosexuality” and “Transgender Confusion” at Southern Seminary, the largest seminary in the world with over 3,000 students in enrollment. These conferences come after a series of other events earlier this year hosted by (primarily) Southern Baptist and fundamentalist Evangelical leaders around the country hoping to help equip evangelicals how to respond to and defend the church a … [Read more...]

My Hope for the Pope: On Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States


Francis is coming! Francis is coming! Living in the heart of downtown Washington D.C. its hard to go anywhere without hearing the buzz about the arrival of Pope Francis in just a few days. It’s quite stunning, when you think about it. What other religious leaders visit has inspired such responsiveness? There is something truly amazing about Pope Francis that has gripped the soul of America, and next week millions of people will turn out at various locations around D.C. to get a glimpse of this m … [Read more...]

Kim Davis, the Conservative Agenda, and Religious Liberty


For the past two days, my newsfeed on Facebook has been filled with posts and comments about the arrest of Kim Davis, the court clerk from Kentucky who was imprisoned on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her county, despite the Supreme Court's ruling for equality and direct orders from a judge to resume issuing licenses. As soon as Davis's arrest was announced, the conservative media blew up with cries of persecution, calling Davis a martyr and even likening … [Read more...]