Richard Rohr on Homosexuality & Fundamentalism

The following is from Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation yesterday:In recent years and elections one would have thought that homosexuality and abortion were the new litmus tests of authentic Christianity. Where did this come from? They never were the criteria of proper membership for the first 2000 years, but reflect very recent culture wars instead. And largely from people who think of themselves as “traditionalists”! (The fundamentals were already resolved in the early Apostles’ Creed and Nicene … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Elizabeth Morrow on Modesty

All summer long, I’ll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called “Smokin’ Hot Conversations.” These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Elizabeth Morrow joins us this week with a post about modesty messages in the church, which often become harmful and may even perpetuate rape culture. She’s a style blogger from Tacoma, WA, and … [Read more...]

Patton Oswalt & Prodigal Sam – A Love Story

Have you heard about that thing that happened with that comedian Patton Oswalt and that dude on Twitter who does funny tweets called @prodigalsam?How Sam supposedly, like, stole a bunch of jokes from other Twitter comedians and so somebody made a Tumblr about it and then Patton Oswalt started calling Sam a "thieving hack" and stuff? And then this giant controversy broke out on Twitter and in the media and even Salon did an interview with Sam to get his side of the story? And then Sam quit … [Read more...]

One Hell of a Motivator

graphic: sebastien cuypersLet's be honest: blogging about hell just isn't that hot anymore.Love Wins is now well over two years old. The battle lines over North American (mainly, neo-reformed) evangelical orthodoxy have been drawn in bold print and ALL CAPS. Universalism, however "hopeful" it may be, has been roundly condemned, if not dismissed, as a heterodox innovation for wussy coward Christians who just don't have the spine for preaching a Jesus who doubles as a concentration camp … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Amy Thedinga on the Seduction Myth

All summer long, I'll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called "Smokin' Hot Conversations." These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Amy Thedinga joins us this week with a powerful post about the seduction myth perpetuated by many pastors. She's a third generation pastor's kid who has a story to tell, and she co-leads a … [Read more...]

Video: “Culture Has Shifted” – Is Rob Bell’s Answer to the Gay Question Biblical?

Rob is peppered with questions/challenges regarding his view of culture shift and homosexuality on the Unbelievable radio show in the UK. What do you think - are his answers sufficiently biblical, or do they simply accomodate to the culture? Or is he providing some needed nuance regarding hermeneutics and human experience?Watch this video and let me know your thoughts!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF9uo_P0nNI&feature=youtu.be … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Amy Martin on Attraction

I'm beginning a new series of guest posts here on the blog called "Smokin' Hot Conversations." These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Amy Martin is kicking things off with this awesome post - thanks, Amy! She is a wife, mom, and blogger from Traverse City, Michigan. Learn more about her here.And if you'd like to contribute to this … [Read more...]

Prophetic Recoil & the Need for Boldness

I have this tendency, and maybe you do too.It's the tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice or an area of dishonesty or hypocrisy that is causing others real harm or pain. It's the tendency to act on a conviction - not out of unrighteous anger, but out of urgent passion - and write that post or respond to that tweet or preach that message or interrupt that conversation where almost everyone seems to be agreeing about all the wrong things. It's the … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 2

Well, I meant to have this up a week or so ago, but alas, work got the best of me.So here's the substance of my review of David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw's book, Prodigal Christianity. (For background, see Part 1.)In the last post, I highlighted a few minor gripes. In this post, I plan to do some major glowing as I survey the substance of the book. As mentioned, in Prodigal Christianity Dave and Geoff have managed to summarize my own ministry journey over the last 10 years, and the … [Read more...]

Boz Tchividjian on SGM

Boz Tchividjian is a law professor and founder of GRACE, an initiative that responds to abuse in the Christian environment.Last night, Together for the Gospel broke their long silence with this statement about the SGM lawsuit. They initially posted it on their Facebook Page as well, but critical comments abounded (including my own) and the post was soon removed. However, my friend Bill Kinnon saved the thread, so all the original comments will remain viewable. (TGC added their own statement … [Read more...]


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