On Sabbath, Marriage Equality, & the Age of Grace

Not long afterward Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began to pick heads of wheat and eat the grain. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Jesus, “Look, it is against our Law for your disciples to do this on the Sabbath!” Jesus answered, “Have you never read what David did that time when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his men ate the bread offered to God, even though it was against the Law for t … [Read more...]

Tension. [Reflections on the ERLC Conference]


As I walked out of the Opryland Resort in Nashville this morning, I felt a great deal of tension in my soul. Since Sunday evening, I have been in town for the Southern Baptist Conventions conference on The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage. Almost since the moment that I walked in to the resort center, I have been engaging in conversations with leaders and lay people alike on issues surrounding sexuality and marriage equality, hoping to discover a way to help move Evangelicals … [Read more...]

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...]