Measuring Your Life: An Ash Wednesday Reflection

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the words being spoken by Christian clergy around the world today as the faithful gather to commemorate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian liturgical season of Lent.Ash Wednesday is a day that calls us to remember our finitude, the impermanence of every aspect of our lives. It is a day when we recall all of our weaknesses and remember just how much we are in need of God’s unconditional grace. This day reminds us t … [Read more...]

The Leap

There comes a point for many of us when everything seems to go from a sharp black and white to a dozen shades of grey. All of the things we once were so sure about in life now become up for grabs. All of our desires, beliefs, and convictions begin to seem a lot less resolute, and we begin to feel like the ground beneath us is beginning to crumble. We try to grasp on to something to give us that familiar sense of security, but it all seems to fall through our hands like grains of sand. Waves of … [Read more...]

Why Are Democratic Presidential Candidates Afraid of Faith?

During every Presidential election in recent history, candidates work hard to lay claim to a few select demographics they believe will help them secure enough votes to win the White House. One demographic most prized by conservative candidates is Evangelical Christians, considered by many to be the single most politically influential religious group in the nation. Nearly every speech or public appearance a Republican candidate makes will have a strong emphasis on “Judeo-Christian values” and will … [Read more...]

The Danger of Disembodied Theology: A Response to the Anglican Primates 2016

After spending almost a week together in “prayer”, the Primates of the Anglican Communion have released a statement calling for official “discipline” of the Episcopal Church in America until it repents for the changes it has made in its doctrinal position on marriage. In a statement released by the Primates on Thursday, they noted:“Recent developments in The Episcopal Church with respect to a change in their Canon on marriage represent a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held … [Read more...]

A Revolution Is Rumbling: My Reflection on 2015

Here we are again at the end of yet another year, but what a year this has been. For me, 2015 has been perhaps the most turbulent, exhilarating, terrifying, and blessed year that I’ve ever experienced. A year that has been filled with opportunity to step into freedom to be the person I was always meant to be. A year with challenges and unanswered questions that I’ve had to wrestle with. A year in which I have been privileged to have a front row seat to watch God work, not only in my life, but in … [Read more...]

John Piper Gets Guns….Right?

John Piper used to be my spiritual hero. Truth be told, I actually had a picture of John hanging in my dorm room at Moody Bible Institute. He modeled everything I wanted to be as a pastor. In recent years, however, as my theology has changed and as Piper has left the pastorate, our theological perspectives have drifted significantly. Piper consistently tweets things that make my stomach turn and represent a kind of Christianity that I don't even consider truly Christian any longer. But today, on … [Read more...]