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February 16, 2019
Was Jesus Intersex?
Let's talk about this, y'all. Since gender identity and fluidity are a big part of...
February 13, 2019
Dear Lenny: A Love Letter to a Black Preacher from the Whitest Pastor in our Denomination
How did we get here, Lenny? I grew up in this church, the same denomination...
February 05, 2019
It’s the end of white America as we know it… and I feel fine
In a nation as steeped in civil religion as ours, inevitably the top administration has...
January 28, 2019
Walter Benjamin’s On the Concept of History
I have wanted this essay to be more readily available than it is, so am...
January 27, 2019
How to thrive when your church/denomination is dying and everything you start is sabotaged
In most cases, the church is wasting precious time and capital attempting to redevelop dying...
January 23, 2019
Keywords: Robust, Progressive, Christian, Movement
Perhaps as a Gen Xer I am too influenced by the twisted rise and flourishing...
January 22, 2019
Church for Introverts
Faith communities frequently and inadvertently make life together more difficult for some kinds of people...
January 22, 2019
Gen Xers Will Save the World
Here's why. Only Gen Xers are jaded enough to look at what is going on...
January 21, 2019
Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age: A Review
Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age By Bruce Rogers-Vaughn. Palgrave Macmillan, 256 pp. “We...
January 20, 2019
Best Reads for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
I wonder if the reconciliation paradigm for race relations in the United States is a...
January 18, 2019
Ten Reasons I Love Weird Jesus
Sometimes all I really want to do as a pastor is tell people how much...
January 17, 2019
Tenacity, Advocacy Alongside LGBTQ+, and the Gospel
Yesterday I was chatting with a parishioner during a hospital visit and, wanting to shift...
January 17, 2019
The baptism of Jesus | God likes you
He just appears at the river ready for baptism. Not solitary or lonely. No. Individual,...
December 31, 2018
Religious Trends To Watch In 2019
The struggle is real... In some ways, 2018 was rough for communities of faith. If...
December 20, 2018
The Underside Of Christmas
tonight I'm thinking about a Christmas story, maybe a story not frequently told this way,...
December 14, 2018
Pompei | A Poem “For” Advent
A guest Advent post by David Greer. They call this a flash-heated death. The death...
December 03, 2018
To Trump Or Not To Trump: That Is The Question
It turns out publishers have dramatically under-estimated the appetite for books about Donald Trump. Even...
November 27, 2018
Where Have All The Churches Gone In New Urbanism?
Growing Into New Urbanism I live in a growing city in a growing region. Fayetteville...
November 22, 2018
The Heresy of America First
Here's a little pre-turkey political theology for your day. Consider, when someone says "America first"...
October 25, 2018
Reformation (For Dummies): I Was Observing the Reformation Before It Was Cool
Welcome to the 501st anniversary of the Reformation! I'll be your host, Reverend Doctor Clint...
October 15, 2018
Who Cares About Climate Change When We’re All On Oxycontin?
It's been hard lately to make pastoral or theological sense of many things. I don't...
September 15, 2018
Bonhoeffer Loved Luther… Like A Lot
Bonhoeffer's Reception of Luther: A Review Bonhoeffer's Reception of Luther. Michael P. DeJonge. Oxford University...
September 06, 2018
The Only Way To Read the Bible (Really)
Let's be honest. Most people don't read the Bible. Back in the day, this was...
August 23, 2018
Exposing Dan Skogen (In the Nicest Way Possible)
Dan Skogen maintains a web site, Exposing the ELCA, exclusively focused on exposing the heterodoxy...
August 15, 2018
Youth Culture and Progressive Faith-Based Organizing
I've been thinking a lot these days about youth culture and progressive faith-based organizing. Maybe...
August 10, 2018
Can You Find God On the Screens On the Youth Trip?
Let me tell you a story. This summer I, some youth, and a bunch of...
August 03, 2018
The Mysterious, Magical Mind of Nate Powell
How does this happen? An artist, Nate Powell, who holds the distinction as the first...
July 31, 2018
Is Our Prophetic Too On the Nose? | Considering Strategic Obliquity
Although I love nuance, and appreciate irony, I am by disposition overly direct and sometimes...
July 31, 2018
What Will Help Immigrants When the President Is A Racist Liar?
Let's talk about immigrants and the president a bit more. You've probably seen the video,...
July 26, 2018
From the Temple to the Church
Agency and colonialism in Hawaii If you drive up to the northwest corner of the...
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