Mad Dad: What the Wrath of God Cannot Be

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For the most part, Christians view the first Person of the Trinity particularly as Father.Now, I know there is pushback on that designation from progressive folks who promote an equal use of Mother or maybe a more neutral Creator or Divine Parent or Source or something along those lines. For the record, I'm really comfortable with Father primarily because, personally, I desperately desire a heavenly Father. And, biblically, Jesus used this designation almost exclusively. Finally, th … [Read more...]

Why I am Conservative AND Progressive

A recent conversation on Twitter got me thinking about how I find myself straddling the line between what folks might call "conservative" and "progressive."Now, my definition of "conservative" here is more literal than political. I'm not saying that I am conservative in the sense of identifying as a political - whether social or fiscal - conservative. The entire American conservative political movement is fairly repulsive to me. Listening to the local evangelical (read: baptized American … [Read more...]

Tell Your Dad He is Broken. Deeply Broken.

Pastor Steve McCoy recently tweeted this and ignited something of a firestorm on the internets:And honestly, I understand the backlash. Especially from a therapeutic perspective, it just sounds wrong. The emphasis - deeply - almost immediately triggers images of fundamentalist spiritual and emotional abuse of kids, abuse that is very real, abuse that I experienced as a child, abuse that I have witnessed firsthand in several church environments.But here's the thing. I've used the word … [Read more...]

Ideologies of Death: Gosnell, Boston, Warren, & Guns

Let me start by saying that I undertake this post with some trepidation.And that's because the list in the title is unbelievably heavy. Writing about just one of these things would be difficult enough. But all of them?Additionally, finding a common thread among these items runs the risk of communicating to the less careful reader that they are in some way the same - which they most assuredly are not. The common thread I wish to unravel does not have to do with the circumstances of the … [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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