A Gay Pastor Explains What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality


Unfundamentalist Christians founder John Shore recently shared a letter from a gay Christian who is struggling with his sexuality and faith. Among the many encouraging comments on that post was one from a gay pastor who beautifully explained his understanding of the Bible, Christianity, and sexuality. [Read more...]

No One Else Is Entitled to Our Bodies


In China, millions of women have been forced to have abortions, whether they wanted them or not. Because their government felt entitled to women’s bodies. In many nations throughout the world, female genital mutilation is commonly practiced. Because their communities feel entitled to women’s bodies. In the US between 1900 and the 1970s between 100,000 [Read More...]

Why Are There Tears in Heaven?


I’ve always wondered why there would be tears in heaven. The only reason I could imagine, amidst what I believe will be unimaginable beauty and celebration, was that someone I loved on earth wasn’t there. But now I have new reasons. [Read more...]

What Must I Believe to Be a Christian?


When somebody claims the title “Christian” for themselves, whether they are progressive or conservative or another “-ive,” chances are you can infer at least a few of their beliefs. [Read more...]

Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”


“Women should remain silent in the churches.” Few Christians actually follow Paul’s command. It’s often explained away as a cultural artifact, perhaps addressing a specific situation involving a group of unruly wives in Corinth. But an across-the-board prohibition against women speaking that’s applicable to the modern church? Surely not! [Read more...]

Could you be so holy that you wouldn’t be sad when your children go to hell?

Fra Angelico, detail The Last Judgment, Winged Altar, 1450

There may be no doctrine from the mainstream body of orthodoxy more staggering than “eternal conscious torment,” that doctrine which proposes hell involves the never-ending unimaginably intense torment of people in body and soul. [Read more...]

B.S.’s no BS speech at Liberty University should challenge all of us


Bernie Sanders is not a Christian. He is a Jew, though he does not profess to be deeply religious. However, the vision he recently expounded in a speech to the students and faculty of Liberty University, the school founded by the Baptist fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, sounded more Christian than many Christians. [Read more...]

Why do so many conservatives oppose Pope Francis?

Pope Francis prepares to depart following his Arrival Ceremony, 23 Sep 2015. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, CC BY 3.0

It seems that even the vicar of Christ can be given such preposterous titles left normally for men like Adolph Hitler and Henry Kissinger. Though, as I recover from my abrupt laughter, I realize that I’m not incredibly surprised. [Read more...]