Moving Forward…

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Well, what a week this has been. Since the news broke last weekend about my former publisher dropping my book  because of my stance on LGBTQ issues, there has been a firestorm of news articles, blog posts, and social media comments from people all across the spectrum- many encouraging and some not so encouraging. But as this week comes to an end, I want to offer some thoughts on how I plan to move forward from all of this controversy.First, I want to reiterate that I have no negative … [Read more...]

2 Evangelical Megachurches. 2 Weeks. For Inclusion. #GodIsMoving

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Over the last year, I have been completely devoted to working for the cause of LGBTQ equality, acceptance, and inclusion in the society and in the Church. When I first jumped in to full time activism, I didn't expect to see much movement on this issue among my fellow evangelicals. From where I sat, as a student in one of Americas leading Bible Institutes at the time, evangelicalism seemed to have planted its flag deep into the ground on this issue. No evangelicals would even support civil … [Read more...]

The State of The Union: An Evangelical Reflection

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 Tonight, President Barack Obama stepped in front of the nation and our elected officials to give a report on the state of affairs in the United States of America. As President Obama stepped up to the podium to speak to our nation, he unveiled an ambitious path of progress for the US over the final two years of his presidency. Much of what the President laid out will be debated and dissected for weeks to come, while other programs will likely gain swift support from a majority of our … [Read more...]

Mormons Support LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Measures…Come On, Evangelicals!

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On Friday night, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints posted a revised statement on LGBTQ Discrimination to the Churches official website: “Church leaders recognize the existence and difficulty of same gender attraction and acknowledge the difference between having same-sex attraction and acting on it. They censure only the latter, and leaders strongly advocate for understanding, inclusion, and kindness toward people of all gender orientations. The Church website mor … [Read more...]

We’re All Biblical Literalists…Until It Comes To Torture

One of the most frustrating realities that I continue to bump into in my evangelical community is the way that the pro-violence war mindset of many conservative Americans has seeped into evangelical Christianity and has been assimilated with a "Christian worldview."Last week, when the CIA Torture Report was released, many Americans were shocked at the cruel, inhumane, and frankly, evil practices used by our troops to interrogate war criminals in the Middle-East. The list of practices used to " … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE: Brandan Interviews Rob Bell (Part 2)

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Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to sit down and chat with one of the most influential spiritual guides of our generation, Rob Bell. Rob has just released a new book that he wrote with his wife, Kristen, called The Zimzum of Love and has a new television talk show- The Rob Bell Show- airing this Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network, so we had a ton to talk about when we chatted last week. If you missed the first installment of this two part interview where I talk to Rob about his views on … [Read more...]


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