We Need Reformation (A Sermon for Reformation Day)

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The following sermon was preached at MCC of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, October 25, 2015 for their Reformation Day Service.This morning, we, along with thousands of other churches in the Protestant tradition are celebrating Reformation Sunday. A day where we celebrate the work of the Protestant reformers of the 1500’s who realized that the church had strayed from the Gospel and had begun abusing it’s power to control and exploit the faithful.This Sunday is meant to coinc … [Read more...]

Kirk vs. Gagnon: Making the Christian Case for Same-Sex Relationships

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Last weekend, my friend, noted New Testament theologian, and former professor of New Testament Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Daniel Kirk, sat down and had a conversation with Dr. Robert Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburg Theological Seminary and notorious opponent of LGBT equality and proponent of reparative therapy, about the biblical case for LGBT inclusion in the Church. The conversation, hosted by Valley Presbyterian Church in Arizona, is one of the most … [Read more...]

Comprehension Begins With Conversation


Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Moving Past Hatred. Read other perspectives here.“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 re … [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...]