NPR Tiny Desk Concert With The National – YES!

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Because you guys, the only thing better than The National is The National on a tiny desk. Obviously. … [Read more...]

DeYoung’s Delusion and the Uganda Factor

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If we know anything about The Gospel Coalition, it's that they never miss an opportunity to chime in if gay marriage makes the news cycle. It's TOP PRIORITY over there. And that's because TGC is a Neo-Fundamentalist coalition more than a gospel one.Kevin DeYoung-Restless-and-Reformed is basically TGC's Chief Anti-Gay Correspondent, so when the PCUSA approved gay marriage at their General Assembly last week, Kevin was quick to fire off Five Questions for Christians Who Believe the Bible … [Read more...]

Rape Culture, Bob Jones University, and the End of Forgiveness

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After spending the first half of my life in the church, I've come to the conclusion that evangelical culture is largely dysfunctional in its understanding of "forgiveness."And nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the recent report by Al Jazeera America on Bob Jones University.BJU is fundamentalist to be sure, but their demonstrated approach to "forgiveness" is very common - perhaps even pervasive - in broader evangelical culture. And when abusive and harmful people are part of the … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Andy Gill

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I used to be a pastor, a youth pastor to be exact, but I quickly came to find that church wasn’t for me. The churches I attended felt more like country clubs for the elite, where we learned how to appear moral and nice, it was the message of, "Be everything but who you are."I was tired of pretending. I was tired of lying. I was tired of feeling forced to put on a mask every Sunday morning.I grew up in a caucasian conservative evangelical church, and have worked in only conservative e … [Read more...]

Spiritual But Not Religious – The Authentic Gospel (a sermon)

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I don't preach often these days, but it's an honor when I get the opportunity. Here's my sermon from First UMC Burlington yesterday, where I claim that religious decline is not a problem to be solved, but an opportunity to be had. The Spirit is calling us again in to the surprising work of God. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Controlling Christianity Kills Creativity

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Much has been written recently about the controlling leadership clamp-down at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, revolving around a famous Non-Compete contract, and the numerous resulting resignations and firings.One resignation that impacted me as an interested observer was that of Zach Bolen, worship pastor and lead singer of the Mars Hill Music band Citizens. I've loved Zach's music, story, and spirit for a while now, and when a source confirmed that Zach simply lost faith in Mark Driscoll and … [Read more...]

Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord (Writing at A Deeper Story)

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I'm at A Deeper Story today with "Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord":I’m not a super disciplined person.But recently I’ve taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I’m quite excited about it. At night, when the rest of the family is in bed, I have been regularly and routinely seeking time alone to contemplate and commune with the Divine. You know, like one of the Desert Fathers or a medieval monk cloistered in the prayer closet.Except my prayer closet is that weird Ikea reclinin … [Read more...]

Ideology? Pete Rollins, Polarization, & the Denial of a Third Way

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Recently, Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong NYC, was interviewed on CNN.In the interview, Carl responded to questions about Hillsong's stance on LGBT issues. And his response was to not give a direct "yes or no" kind of answer (which has been his response in other interviews as well). He did say that "gay men and women" are present and welcome at HNYC. But he wouldn't say what the official stance is on gay marriage - and the interviewer highlighted his refusal.There is a lot of conversation … [Read more...]

Pentecost Survived, Pentecost Received

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Pentecost nearly destroyed me.The son of Pentecostal parent ministers who indulged in the unsafe and the extreme, always dancing on the cliff's edge, renaming constant stress and desperation "walking by faith" while languishing in unhealth - my childhood might have been the end of me.But I survived that Pentecost.And now, 35 years old, 10 solid years of grown-up church ministry behind me, including a church plant that ended painfully, surviving still and trying to sustain - my soul … [Read more...]

Yes, Al Mohler (and Tony Jones), There IS a Third Way

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Recently, Al Mohler blogged that when it comes to gay marriage THERE IS NO THIRD WAY.His curmudgeonly Neo-Fundamentalist take is the right-wing mirror of Tony Jones's position from the left. Tony, too, believes that there's no third way. It's a moment of agreement between the two poles that pretty much proves the accuracy of the fundamentalist label I've recently argued for.At any rate, Al is specifically commenting on a Southern Baptist pastor who recently changed his theological … [Read more...]


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