Churches Should NOT Celebrate Independence Day


I love America.I really do. I am proud to live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. I have been to a number of other countries and in my humble opinion, none compare to the United States of America. I also see no problem with being a Christian and having a healthy sense of national pride.But there is a big problem when the two get intertwined.As Christians, we believe that we live in two overlapping realities at once- the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man. Our aim … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Atheism…


Last week I had the honor of continuing a three year tradition of sitting down and chatting with my friend, the artist and prolific author Frank Schaeffer at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Every year that I have sat down with Frank, I have been blown away by his compassion, spiritual fervor, and honesty. Every year, I walk away from our conversation filled with hope and a renewed energy to continue pressing in to my mission and vision for a new kind of Christianity. … [Read more...]

Brandan Speaks on Liberating Evangelicalism at Wild Goose 2014

Hey friends!I literally just pulled in to my apartment in Chicago after spending a week traveling from Chicago to Maryland to North Carolina to Tennessee to Southern Illinois and back to Chicago on my annual trip to the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. I have attended Wild Goose for the past three years and the festival has become more of a family reunion than a conference for me. This year I spent hours sitting around and chatting with readers of the blog, mentors, and … [Read more...]

Out of Many, One: An Exhortation for Unity from John 17

In today’s postmodern, post secular, post Christendom world, there is a growing movement among the faithful adherents to our world’s religions to fragment off from one another based on doctrinal, traditional, liturgical, and a wide variety of other reasons and create individual communities that represent unique and organic expressions of their religious faith. This fragmentation has affected no community more than the Church of Jesus Christ as she continues to divide and diversify in her exp … [Read more...]

“Cast Out those who willfully sin…”

I just wanted to share a thought. Please understand my heart and intention behind this post is not to condemn the person who wrote this comment but to simply address what I think is a deadly stream of thinking among reformed evangelicals.A month or so ago, I posted a survey about what types of churches young evangelicals desired. Pretty consistently for about a month, I have gotten posts offering various critiques and dreams for the way we do church. Today, however, I received a comment that … [Read more...]

See You At Wild Goose!

Have you heard of The Wild Goose Festival? If not, you have been missing out. For the past two years, I have attended this gathering of progressive-ish Christian pastors, theologians, leaders, and laypeople in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and every year I have had a tremendous time of spiritual nourishment and just plain fun. Wild Goose is unlike any other conference or festival I have ever been a part of. For four days, hundreds of people converge on a camp site to … [Read more...]