Reformed & Always Reforming

Today, on many Protestant Church Calendars, is Reformation Day. The day in which we commemorate the boldness and bravery of Martin Luther and many other Reformers who took a bold stand in the 1500's against theological and political corruption they observed in the Catholic Church. (That is an oversimplification, of course.) None of the Reformers set out to cause divisions or to break away from the mainstream Roman Catholic Church. All of them hoped to be a force of reformation and renewal within … [Read more...]

Why I Am Going To A Southern Baptist Conference On Homosexuality


Sunday night I will board my flight here in Washington D.C. and head down to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberties Commissions National Conference. This years theme is The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage, which I know will make many of my progressive readers cringe. A Southern Baptist conference on Homosexuality? Why would someone who has recently become a public spokesperson for a national organization working for Marr … [Read more...]

Fear & Faith.


Throughout my entire faith journey with all of its up's and down's I have tried to remain rooted in a community of faith. I believe that humans, created in the image of the Triune God who is, fundamentally and eternally, a relationship, have an intrinsic need for community. It is our deepest longing- to be united with God and with one another. And it is when we separate from community and embrace isolation that we begin to devolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Because of … [Read more...]

The Future of Seminaries


I am currently sitting in a beautiful retreat center on the top of a massive hill in San Anselmo, California on the stunning campus of San Francisco Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA).I have been invited here, along with 150 faith leaders, to be a part of the launch of the seminaries new Center for Innovation in Ministry, the newest effort of the seminary to prepare innovative Christian leaders to minister effectively in our rapidly evolving world.I was f … [Read more...]

How Houston Attorneys Are Reinforcing Homophobia By Infringing On Religious Liberties

Yesterday, reports began to surface out of Houston, Texas that the attorneys of the city have subpoenaed pastors who have been vocally opposed to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. The subpoenas request that the a select group of Houston area Pastors turn over “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”While I have my own per … [Read more...]

A Letter To A Dying Church

Dear Church- Let me start off this letter by expressing my deep love and appreciation for you. I have been an active participant in the community of faith for about 10 years now, and I have been profoundly blessed, cared for, loved, and inspired to be a better human being through you. I have also seen — and even participated in — some of your ugliest and most unfaithful moments in recent history. But through all of these experiences, nothing but utter appreciation and love remains for you. I be … [Read more...]