Fundamentalism Is about Policing the Borders

Instead of building the borders and boundaries we then police, let’s tear them down, invite people inside the castle, and let God decide who belongs and how best to protect the truth. Read more

You’re in a Safe Place Here…

I had changed, was snuggled under the threadbare hospital blanket on a gurney in a frigid staging room. Read more

It’s Okay to Love Your Religion without Forcing People to Convert

Why does the idea of simply trying to follow Jesus, loving others, and NOT trying to convert people upset so many Christians? I posed this question on social media and naturally it rubbed quite a few people the wrong way. Read more

Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?

The Bible is silent on this issue, but since so many people own pets and, rightly, grieve their passing, we often wonder whether animals will join us in Heaven, especially those who are our animals. Read more

We Agree: We Can’t Agree to Disagree on Anti-Gay Bigotry

When bigotry uses the tools of my trade — in this case Greek philology — I feel duty-bound to set the record straight. Read more

Your Permission Is Not Required

I’m finished asking permission and I won’t beg for forgiveness. I don’t need your authorization to be who God created me to be. Read more

Nones, Dones and Religionless Christianity, Part 3

Secularism isn’t a looming evil that must be resisted, but is a lived statement of disenchantment that is experienced by even the most ardently religious. Read more

I Once Thought I Was a Progressive Christian, But…

I once thought that perhaps I was a progressive Christian, but I’ve come to realize that that label includes me with a lot of people with whom I clearly disagree. Read more

Nones, Dones and Religionless Christianity, Part 2

For Dietrich Bonhoeffer, religious language is often a mask or a shield that protects us from saying what we actually mean. It allows us to hide ignorance behind certitude. Read more

Nones, Dones and Religionless Christianity, Part 1

There’s a better way to think about the future of religion. It’s found in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison. Read more

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