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...]

On Being An Evangelical

Copyright North Point Church

Over the past few years as I have undergone a major transformation in my understanding of the world, my faith, and myself. Yet in the midst of all of the transformation, I have remained fairly committed to my identity as an evangelical Christian. Many people have asked why I have fought so hard to keep using this word that so many people in my progressive world view as unattractive. Likewise, many of my conservative brothers and sisters have insisted that as a queer, progressive, universalist, … [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...]

The Flames of Baltimore (A Call to Reconciliation)


Tonight, my hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, is on fire. Literally. Stores are burning to the ground. Cars are engulfed in flames in the street. But there are also many other kinds of fires burning in Baltimore tonight. There are flames of rage in the hearts of many who live in the margins of the city that have continually been subjected to discrimination and harm at the hands of those who have been commissioned to protect them. The flames of passion and grief has risen in the hearts of many … [Read more...]

Why A Christian Can’t Support The Death Penalty


The more I study the life and teachings of Jesus, the more perplexed I become. Time and time again, it seems that those who claim to follow Jesus have adopted positions that are in direct contradiction to the words that our Lord preached during his ministry here on earth.One such issue is the death penalty, which is making headlines today as nearly 400 leading evangelical and catholic clergy released a statement calling for it's end.Their statement begins by saying:"As Christians p … [Read more...]

To The Point: The Facts About Indiana’s RFRA


The national debate surrounding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is enough to disorient even the most experienced political analyst. There is a constant back and forth between opponents and proponents of the bill claiming that the RFRA in Indiana will/will not open the door for anyone to discriminate against LGBTQ people on the basis of their "religious convictions".If you were to read the actual bill that was passed in Indiana, you'd probably walk away with even more … [Read more...]