December 3, 2020

[GUEST POST] God speaks in mysterious ways. Who knew a television show about cars could teach me so much about God’s love! My husband and I discovered “Rust Valley Restorers” on Netflix and were instantly hooked. I am NOT a car enthusiast. I am a girly girl, voted “Most Feminine” in high school. I only recently learned how to put air in my tires! And what is the difference in a fender and a bumper? I’m not sure. Then there’s… Read more

December 2, 2020

The Kingdom of Heaven is within you: and whosever shall know himself shall find it.” – Ancient Egyptian Proverb This quote above sounds  awfully close to something  Jesus said in Luke 17:21 – “The Kingdom of God is within you.” So, what’s up? Did Jesus even say this? Did the Gospel writers attribute something to Jesus that they stole from another source? I don’t think so. See, Jesus also quotes a pre-existing parable when he re-tells the story of the… Read more

December 1, 2020

This might come as a shock to you, but over the last year or so I have been talking with dozens of pastors who say that they would lose their jobs if their congregations knew about their deconstruction. It’s true. In fact, most of these pastors are ending up in my Square 1 and Ground Zero courses online where they find a safe place to question their faith, share their doubts and work through the painful process of deconstructing their… Read more

November 25, 2020

As author and theologian N.T. Wright points out, the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis is a parable of Israel’s continual rise and fall: They start off in the seat of God’s favor, they rebel and fall away, the result is to become exiled in a foreign land, and the process repeats over and over again throughout their history. To be told “Your sins are forgiven,” therefore is to say “Your exile is over. It’s time to return home.”… Read more

November 11, 2020

As I’ve been reading on the early church, I’ve come across a great saying used by the church fathers – Conversatio Morem – and I’d like to make it my own. The phrase can be translated in two different ways, depending on the context. The first way is, “Death To The Status Quo!” I must say, I love this. It embodies the counter-cultural aspect of Christian discipleship that I long to embody and to inspire in others. If I ever… Read more

November 10, 2020

There are signs to remind us all around. Reminders of how connected we are to one another. Signs that we are all part of one humanity. These are the things that unite us: Music, art, dancing, laughter, literature, poetry, beauty, sunsets, ocean waves, puppies, kittens, sleeping babies nestled in their blankets. At these moments we are not black or white, left or right, Atheist or Christian, straight or gay. We are just human beings who share an appreciation for something… Read more

November 2, 2020

This is an honest question. I grew up in a White Christian home in Texas. We could not understand how anyone could call themselves a Christian and vote Democrat. My friend Thomas McKnight grew up in a Black Christian home in North Carolina. His family would often wonder how anyone could say they were Christian and vote for a Republican. So, in the interest of education and understanding, Thomas and I got together to try to answer these questions. He… Read more

October 30, 2020

I’m very excited to announce an upcoming Christian Conference that I’ve just put together for early 2021. The lineup is off the hook. I’ve secured keynote presentations from people like Rob Bell, N.T. Wright, David Bentley Hart and Richard Rohr. But then a friend looked at this lineup and said, “Wow. That’s a lot of white men.” So, I also invited Dr. Cornell West, Kyle Butler, Derrick Day and Bishop Carlton Pearson to speak so we had a solid balance… Read more

October 27, 2020

I don’t need to tell you how dangerous Progressive Christianity can be. The results are all around us. Every day we are surrounded by examples of what can happen when people replace the original teachings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul with their own new ideas that threaten to eclipse the Truth of the Gospel. Many Progressive Christians actually rewrite the scriptures and change words in the Bible to support their new doctrines that cater to their flesh and affirm… Read more

October 21, 2020

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is asked a question about divorce. His response turned the tables around on the Patriarchal males of the First Century and totally confounded his own disciples. Most American Christians completely misunderstand the entire conversation. In fact, they tend to quote the words of Jesus here as if it’s a universal statement about how to define marriage [it’s not], or they take the statement about adultery being the only criteria for divorce and weaponize it to ensure… Read more

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