Innocence and Awareness: Questioning Original Sin

In the churches I grew up in, the story recounted in Genesis 3 was viewed as the moment when sin–Original Sin–entered humanity. [Read more…]

Love, Love, Love: The painfully misunderstood, profoundly simple, earth-shattering message of Jesus

If someone was to ask me to sum up the message of Jesus in a few words, I would probably quote the Beatles: All you need is love. [Read more…]

Will the Real Black Church Please Stand Up?

The black church must stand in solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. [Read more…]

What the Bible Actually Says About Singleness

I recently attended a wedding where the pastor used Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as his text to describe marriage: [Read more…]

The Love that Will Not Let You Go

The Love that Will Not Let You Go: Being Christian is Not What You Think is a crystalline distillation of Douglas Heidt’s thoughts about Christianity after nearly 50 years in pastoral ministry. [Read more…]

The Dangers of Russian Dolls: Finding the T in LGBT

For reasons of safety and common bond we spend our lives as part of communities that resemble matryoshka dolls, the wooden Russian toys that nest inside one another, each doll hiding a smaller one. [Read more…]

Let’s admit it: When it comes to money, Jesus was a radical and we’re not.   

I am a would-be disciple of Jesus. I say would-be because there are some aspects of Jesus’ life and teachings that are beyond me, that I don’t even pretend to aim toward. Consider Jesus’ teachings on money and possessions in Luke’s Gospel. [Read more…]

Confessions of a Party Girl

As I stood at the entrance to our favorite night club, I looked across the road at man standing on a wooden box yelling at the crowds of party-goers walking by … [Read more…]


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