Why Your Church 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 Witness to Equality: My Remarks At Washington National Cathedral


The following speech was delivered by Brandan Robertson at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on June 30th, 2015 as part of the Service Honoring the Road to Equality.This evening, we gather here in this sacred space to give thanks to God for the dawning of a new day in our nation.A day that many in this room, if asked just a few years ago, never believed that they would have lived to see.Tonight, we gather here to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling that affirms the f … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Charleston


O God, great is the misery that has come upon our nation and the world; Our cares overwhelm us, and we do not know what to do. O God, be gracious to us and help us. Grant us strength to bear what is taking place in the world and in our land this day, and let not fear rule over us. And God, we pray for the eyes to see the seeds of racism and discrimination in our own hearts. God forgive us for participating in and perpetuating a system that continues to oppress your precious children of … [Read more...]

A Glimpse Into My Journey

Hey friends! A few weeks ago an amazing journalist from Medill (Northwestern University) reached out to me, seeking to do a short documentary video about my life and journey in regards to my sexuality and my spirituality. I have done interviews and documentary films before, but was particularly reluctant to agree to this project because it would delve into how I personally identity (which is as "queer") which is a topic that I have not explored openly so as to avoid being labeled … [Read more...]

There Are No “Biblical Men”


Growing up as a young boy within Evangelical Christianity, I was constantly inundated with teaching from my pastors and youth leaders on what it looks like to be a “Biblical Man”. I would be taught the importance of being a leader and protector, and warned about allowing my emotions to get the best of me. Along with some of these general concepts of masculinity, I was also taught a whole slew of other cultural standards for what it looked like to be a man. In Youth Group, when all I wanted to do … [Read more...]

What’s So Offensive About Grace?


Christians love to talk about Grace. We love to talk about how we have been saved by Grace, how our theology is rooted in Grace, how the Gospel of Jesus finds it very foundation in Grace.We enjoy reflecting upon and contemplating the ethereal theological concept of Grace.For many of us, more theologically minded (read “nerds”) thinking about the beauty and grandeur of this word and it’s soteriological implication for the life of the Christian is like a drug.We love to explore a pl … [Read more...]