Organic, Free-Range Church: Where the Church Goes From Here

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Progressive Christianity in America. Read other perspectives here, after 5 pm MT, Wednesday.) _____________________ What if the people leaving the Church are the collective voice of God to us, the Church, today?In May of this year, Pew Research released a report confirming what many of us already believed about the exodus from churches and the continued expansion of the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR). … [Read more...]

Love Wins! Double Rainbow “All the Way” Over the White House.


In a historical ruling today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of marriage equality. It is now the law of the land for all 50 states.In a related story, God painted a double rainbow over the White House shortly after the ruling was handed down. Check out the timestamp at the bottom.I'm commemorating this historic day and supporting my writing with #lovewins T-shirts! Pick one up while they last!              UPDATE: Betsey … [Read more...]

The Biblical Virtues of Slow Sex

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Let's get something straight, right off the top: sex is good – really good.As I've written before, we Christians have a lot of sexual hang-ups, and I believe it's time for a Christian “sexual reboot.”The Church has taught us to be more than a bit prudish about our sexuality, so we tend to beat around the bush (pardon the innuendo) when it comes to talking about sex.But, with regard to a Christian sexual reboot, instead of talking all around the point, let me get directly to an even m … [Read more...]

A Prayer on the Event of Hate Induced Killing

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Good and gracious God,Humanity's inhumanity to one another is an all too present historical reality.What is it about our humanity that allows us to get so caught up in the differences in our outward appearances and practices that we bracket out the glaring actuality that we are more alike on the inside than any outward differences should ever be capable of overcoming?Hate is so consuming. It consumes our thoughts. It consumes our hearts. It consumes our … [Read more...]

If You Call Yourself a Christian and You Share This Meme – Stop It!

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In the midst of the overblown coverage and social media spats over Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner, a particularly cruel meme has emerged.The notable thing about this meme is that it isn't a conservative slam of Caitlyn and the LGBTQ community. It’s a “liberal” slam of conservative commentator, Ann Coulter.Not a slam of her less than balanced reporting.Not a slam of her frequently mean spirited commentary.Not a slam of her less than rational political outlook.Not even … [Read more...]

God’s Dear John Letter to the U.S.

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Dear John and Jane Public,Honestly, don't fret over it. I get it. Dear God, I get it.You've found a new god.Truthfully, I've seen this coming for awhile. I tried to deny it. I even tried to change it. (I have to admit, even in all my divine wisdom, I just did not see the whole MLK, contemporary prophet thing not working. But humans, YOU try to figure them out). You know, there was a brief time just after 9/11 when I thought we were going to make it. I really thought you finally … [Read more...]

We Must Not Forget — War is Hell

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For a very long time, I've been a closeted disliker of Memorial Day. The glorification of war that tends to go long with it, makes me sick to my bones. There are a myriad of us that feel this way, but we seldom feel like we can express it because our patriotism is always questioned. So, you may not realize we are out here.Today, however, I'm flipping the script.Today, I'm coming out as a anti-war monger who will honor Memorial Day.Not with a celebration and cook-out, but, instead, I … [Read more...]

Being an Advocate

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In honor of my wife's 13th anniversary of ordination, I thought I'd share my favorite Pentecost sermon. It's about being an advocate, something that Jeanette does so incredibly well.A quick note: this was written to be heard, not necessarily read.Based on John 14:15-21.In today scripture reading, Jesus tells us a few things. In preparing this message, I became particularly interested in three things Jesus says: 1) "I will not leave you.” 2) "I will send you an Advocate." 3) "Keep my … [Read more...]

5 Ways the Duggar’s Scandal Is Everything That’s Wrong With the U.S.

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If you spend any time at all on social media (and if you are reading this, you probably do), you've been bombarded with stories about Josh Duggar, one of the “stars” of the popular reality television show 19 Kids and Counting, having sexually assaulted and abused his younger sisters.Everything about this scandal bothers me. From the abuse to the way that his parents handled it to the way the press has portrayed it, it stinks like month-old trash. In many ways, it's a lens to many of the thi … [Read more...]

The Church Has a Bigger Problem Than Hypocrisy

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The much ballyhooed report from Pew Research shows an ever shrinking population of Americans who identify themselves as Christian; and, this has a lot of people (Christian and atheist alike) shining a spotlight on those leaving the Church and touting just how “not Christian” they are.Many who continue to identify as Christian are suggesting those leaving the Church were never very good Christians anyway, while atheists are trying to show there is a momentum of growth amongst non-believers. … [Read more...]