Frank Schaefer & Phil Robertson Take Communion

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The pastor of the local United Methodist Church (where I've attended and collaborated over the last year) recently offered his thoughts about the events surrounding Pastor Frank Schaefer. While some of it is internal UMC shop-talk, I think his perspective is challenging to the church at large. Here's an excerpt: I write as one of the pastors at First UMC Burlington.  I do not represent our entire congregation.  Here is my dream for our church. Let us be fully, completely inclusive.  That means … [Read more...]

My #2013 Writing Elsewhere

It's  been a wonderful year here on the blog, and I so appreciate everyone who has read and joined the conversation. Ya'll are a huge blessing to me.It's also been a really fun year for writing elsewhere. Here's a roundup of the pieces I wrote that were published in other places:HuffPost Religion:Smokin' Hot Wives & Water for the SoulA False Gospel of ReconciliationCalling Out Celebrity Christianity & Counterfeit JusticeJesus Will Rapture the Church Out of … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on Glenn Beck

Last night, Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Seattle was on Glenn Beck's show. Here are the (free) clips from the show, the first one being about "men" and the second about "intolerance." Both reinforce the view I've expressed here that Mark and other prominent "young" conservative evangelical and neo-reformed leaders are coalescing a new religious right in the U.S.Men:Intolerance:While the content is fairly predictable, a couple things stand out that scream "new religious right." In … [Read more...]

VIDEO: “The Bible Says It’s Gross”

My friend Joel just sent me this video of Tina Fey on Inside the Actor's Studio, and it brilliantly sums up this whole #gagreflex conversation. Start it at around 1:25 for the greatness:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5H_KTyKUSG4#t=85 … [Read more...]

#GagReflex

Oops, they did it again.The Gospel Coalition, that is. This time, it's a post from Thabiti Anyabwile going above and beyond in confirming my perspective on the politicization of the neo-reformed around gay marriage legislation, creating something of a new religious right. And doing that, really, in the most base, tactless, and harmful way possible. I was going to type "carless," which would also be true considering the potential negative impact this post could have on gay young people in … [Read more...]

The Exodus of Exodus: Paradigms & Possibility

By now, the big news from Exodus International, to the tune that they are sorry and they are shutting down, is old news in the blogosphere. The conversation has turned from reporting to opinion: Just what does all this mean? Is this apology enough - or even close to enough? Is it some kind of PR cover for reorganizing an institution to market itself more successfully to a changing culture? Is it really just the same old homophobia in sheep's clothing?Or is it a meaningful, important shift - … [Read more...]

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...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 1

Some books show up at just the right time.In a recent review of Creating a Missional Culture by J.R. Woodward, I wrote about how the practical stories and ecclesial exhortations in the book felt like the timely, comforting voice of God to me in the midst of fresh heartache from closing our church plant, Dwell, last August.Prodigal Christianity by my two friends David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw has been a well-timed book, to be sure.But in a different sort of way.It hasn't been a pe … [Read more...]

Evangelicals Discerning an Issue

In my last post about "Boundaries" I mentioned that our church plant had once discerned the issue in question - the issue Rob Bell made a clear pronouncement on last week - the issue of gay rights/gay marriage. And we discerned it from a self-consciously evangelical perspective. I want to share what we came out with, in the hopes that it may be of help to you in your context.Note that this post is also an attempt at demonstrating the real point of my last post: that local, contextual, … [Read more...]


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