Looking for Lizards…

The following is an unedited excerpt from my upcoming book "Nomad: Not-So-Religious Thoughts on Faith, Doubt, and the Journey In-Between"Have you ever gotten lost? The wide range of emotions that one experience when you realize that you’re is lost is quite fascinating. Sometimes, depending on the circumstance, the feeling is one of thrill- adrenaline begins to course through your veins and you begin to consider the various ways you might get out of your predicament. Other times, discovering t … [Read more...]

Our Only Response to Mark Driscoll…

Earlier today, a series of 14 year old message board comments allegedly written by Mark Driscoll in the early days of his ministry have been making their way around the blogosphere. The comments that Driscoll made back then are some of the most horrifying, destructive, unchristian, convoluted statements I've ever read from someone who has become a prominent evangelical leader. Driscoll's language was simply inexcusable and his theology nothing short of deadly.Over the past few years, … [Read more...]

On Being A Heretic… (Crucified with Christ)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20 As I have reflected on this passage recently, it has begun to take on a whole new meaning. I finally feel like I am in a place where I can begin to just taste the smallest flavor of what it means to be crucified with Christ. To take up Christs' cross. To identify with Jesus as he has identified … [Read more...]

Church of Fear, Church of Love

Post By: Matthew Morrissey, ContributorIts 11pm on a Sunday evening, a time that represents an end and a beginning; a completion and a threshold share their presence. Sitting across from me is my friend, my brother and confidante. As we consume the remaining crumbs of a shared three dollar appetizer I am reminded of how extraordinary the ordinary can be. He talks and I listen; that’s our usual rhythm. We tell stories, stories that represent our togetherness and stories that tell our journey. … [Read more...]

Brandan Speaks on Liberating Evangelicalism at Wild Goose 2014

Hey friends!I literally just pulled in to my apartment in Chicago after spending a week traveling from Chicago to Maryland to North Carolina to Tennessee to Southern Illinois and back to Chicago on my annual trip to the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. I have attended Wild Goose for the past three years and the festival has become more of a family reunion than a conference for me. This year I spent hours sitting around and chatting with readers of the blog, mentors, and … [Read more...]

God Will Never Give Us What We Deserve

We sinned against him, but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved. His love for his followers is as high above us as heaven is above the earth. And he has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. The LORD is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children. He knows all about us. He knows we are made from dust. Psalm 103:10-14 (ERV) Last night a friend of mine posted this scripture on his Facebook. I read it right before I went to bed and f … [Read more...]