How The Eucharist Will Save Us All


If you grew up in a Baptist church like I did, then you know that Baptist’s like to eat. Any and every time there is an occasion worth celebrating, a good Baptist church will call for a time of “fellowship”. All of the Baptists moms would go home to their kitchens and begin whipping up one of their favorite recipes, usually something quite unhealthy, but quite tasty. The morning of the “fellowship” an endless stream of women head downstairs with their foil-covered dishes, filling the church build … [Read more...]

Shall The Fundamentalists Win? (On Being Evangelical, Part 2)


Earlier today, I sat down at my desk and began reading Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick's famous sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” I had never read this sermon before, because in my conservative world, I was taught to think of Fosdick as a heretic rendering his ideas and work were unworthy of my engagement. But somehow, through my scrolling through Google today, I landed on this sermon and I began to read it. Of all the eras of modern history, the one that is most interesting to me is that of th … [Read more...]

Brandan Interviewed by John Fugelsang About Being An Evangelical


Hey friends! Just wanted to share with you a few clips from my interview with the hilarious John Fugelsang's show, Tell Me Everything, on SiriusXM Insight. If you know anything about John, he is a brilliant comedian and cultural commentator who comes from a conservative religious background and often pokes fun at narrow religion as a way of communicating the power of the actual teachings of Christ. This was my second time on John's show and every time we chat we have the most intriguing … [Read more...]

3 Reminders for Christians During the Election Season


As our nation enters in to what is likely to be one of the most exhilarating and discouraging election cycles in recent history, it’s going to be easy for Christians to either be enraptured by the fluffy political prose of their favorite candidate or completely discouraged and downcast at the sad state of the American political process. I know we are only just beginning the race for the presidency, but I feel compelled to offer a few reminders to American Christians, no matter where you may f … [Read more...]

Laying Down Our Arms (On Culture Wars)

During the summer of my freshman year in college, I went on a choir tour to Greece and Cyprus. One of the memories that was seared deep onto my mind was something a tour guide told us during our tour of Athens.After climbing up the long, rugged staircase that leads to the Acropolis that stands mightily above the city of Athens, we stopped and looked out over the ancient city. The view was breathtaking. As we began to wander around the ancient temple, our tour guide noted that for a number of … [Read more...]

On Being An Evangelical

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Over the past few years as I have undergone a major transformation in my understanding of the world, my faith, and myself. Yet in the midst of all of the transformation, I have remained fairly committed to my identity as an evangelical Christian. Many people have asked why I have fought so hard to keep using this word that so many people in my progressive world view as unattractive. Likewise, many of my conservative brothers and sisters have insisted that as a queer, progressive, universalist, … [Read more...]