Body & Soul: Incarnation in “Her”

I hope you’ve seen Spike Jonze’s latest film, “Her”, nominated for ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Screenplay’ Oscars, starring Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson.  If not, run, don’t walk, to the nearest theatre and take care of that.  At least see it before you read the rest of this post, because we’re gonna get [Read More…]

Christians Are Judgmental Jerks

Tracy Simmons is the lead pastor of Christ Community Church, Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska. He was also Phil’s youth pastor. There are too many words to describe the course of his journey with Jesus, but in summary… Amazing. Grace. You can find him at, or on his occasional blog. Or, you may get a [Read More…]

Tongue Talking, Control, and the fallacies of logic

baptism… tongues…  You grow up figuring out how to sleep. You find melatonin, or Benadryl, and occasionally abuse Tylenol p.m. You don’t talk about it in church. People will make it out to be demons. Or something to be controlled by prayer and fasting. Mostly, you do anything to avoid being hospitalized. Hospitalization takes away [Read More…]

Dignified Dialogue

  Guest Post by Kathy Escobar. It seems like there are always a lot of sparks flying around the internet.  The hotter the topic, the greater the sparks, and it often seems that controversy “sells.” That’s a whole other conversation entirely, but while the internet has so many positives, one of its greatest negatives is [Read More…]

Welcoming, and Affirming… and Baptist

Guest post by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell   Yes, those three words can go together. I am a fifth generation ordained American Baptist pastor—my grandfather and his brothers, my great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were all Baptist ministers in West Virginia. My mother was ordained by my home church as a pastor after me, so I get to [Read More…]

Balloons, Inspiration & The Butterfly Effect

When Phil so graciously offered to have me write a guest post in his absence, I asked him if he had a specific topic he wanted me to write about. His response? “Just write about whatever inspires you that day. I trust you.” Wow. Thanks a lot Phil. I appreciate the vote of confidence but [Read More…]