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 c3ak.com, 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...]

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...]

Innersexions

I recently had the honor to be interviewed by my good friend Debonee Morgan, who is taking the bull by the horns (don’t f*&k with horns Bender…come on you know that’s funny) on the issues of LGBTQ equality through her new initiative, Innersexions.   Debonee Morgan, LMFT Bio Debonee Morgan a Licensed Marriage and Family [Read More...]

Kick Starting Creativity With Christian Piatt

My good friend and fellow Patheos blogger, Christian Piatt is my latest guest on Outlaw Theology. Christian and I had the opportunity to catch-up, chat about the up-and-coming book release of Banned Questions About Christians, and his new novel “Blood Doctrine” that he is self-publishing through Kick Starter! Be sure to check out Christian’s interview. [Read More...]

Look Good, Do Good An Interview With Udi Behr

If you haven’t figured it out yet, but the internet is a pretty amazing resource. Without completely divulging all the details about the “man-crush” I have on Mark Zuckerberg, I will admit that I think that Facebook is pretty amazing too. Thanks to Mr. Zuckerberg and the fruits of his labor, I indirectly (through an [Read More...]

Hostage To Inerrancy

It seems like the U.S. government is not the only institution that is being shut down. In my own naivety, that I will humbly admit to, I was not aware that hostage-taking was a viable negotiation tool for not only political but for religious institutions to use, as their fallback to achieve edicts of power. [Read More...]

No Longer Praying Out The Gay

I recently was interviewed by Michelle Krabill about my battle living/ministering with chronic pain for her amazing website wordofawoman.com. You can checkout my interview by clicking here. While I had Michelle in The Outlaw Theology studio (I use the word studio very loosely here), I asked her if I could interview her about her evolution [Read More...]

The Power Of Love

That’s right…this video is named after an amazing Huey Lewis & The News song (insert smiley face here). Phil Shepherd aka The Whiskey Preacher spoke at Brite Divinity School Chapel on 9-3-13 on the portion of the “Greatest Commandment” that is often overlooked… loving yourself. To find out more about what Phil is up to [Read More...]

Why I am A Disciple… Of Little Gus

My father W.A. and I share August birthdays. August 2nd was my father’s birthday. He would have been 72 this year. I celebrated his birthday with good coffee and good whiskey. Pop never drank whiskey because he always said he liked it “too much.” Pop was (and is) the greatest man I have ever known… [Read More...]