December 19, 2023

Well, it’s that time of year—Christmas! And in the theological world that only means one thing—vying hard for ‘your positions’ on the birth of Christ. Tis the season for a conversation on Jesus at Christmas. It never fails. It also never fails to produce never-ending eye rolls from yours truly. You can hop onto any Christian blogging site and find arguments for and against the virgin birth, the exact dates or lack thereof when Jesus was born, if wisemen or... Read more

December 10, 2023

If you know me you know I’m not one to shy away from difficult questions. I like to sit in the tension of the in-between the asking and the answering. I think that nebulous place is important. The one where it is impossible to be certain, and sincere thoughtfulness is the only required response. Last month my dear friend, who is also the senior pastor of a beautiful church in Southern California, asked me if I would spend a little... Read more

August 8, 2023

It’s International Female Orgasm Day and my question is how are you celebrating? I hope wherever you are you can, at the very least, have an orgasm. But more importantly I hope that you are in dialog with your sexuality endlessly in open and honest ways. Growing up as a Catholic girl the only reference I ever heard to sex and sexuality was in reference to the Virgin Mary. As a young Evangelical the conversation around sex and sexuality wasn’t... Read more

June 27, 2023

All too often we are left with theological ideas with no practical ways of how they play out in sight. Which is why I think it’s time to reconfigure some things. We are lit aflame with the passion of inspiration of the most beautiful and elegant and sometimes chaotic theological thought. But how do we move from our heads, and even from our hearts, into our lives and communities where this stuff actually matters? I am a post-Christian thinker and... Read more

May 30, 2023

For some reason, people are more concerned with the beliefs of Donald Trump than ever. Donald Trump and religion. Hmm. It is a complex relationship, indeed. But not because Trump’s relationship to faith is anything more than checking a political and social box. It is complex because of the relationship America has with religion, in particular Christianity, how it relates to the American presidency, and how it has shaped politics since the inception of the United States of America. Christian... Read more

May 15, 2023

As American living in the UK, one hear’s a lot about God, king, and country. As many of you know England has been abuzz with the coronation of Kings Charles III. Leading up to May 6 you heard anything from “God save the King!” to how distasteful the display was given the cost of living crisis Britain is currently experiencing. King Charles’ estimated worth of record is about $750 million, although because of laws that his late mother Queen Elizabeth... Read more

March 22, 2023

What is truth? Quid est veritas? Pilate’s question: Is it any different than ours? This curious query Pontius Pilate asked Jesus before giving him over to the crowd. Given his position, we can speculate that Pilate may have had knowledge of Greek philosophical thought. It stands to reason he may have danced with philosohical notions of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. He would have been living and worshipping in the context of the Roman imperial cult. He would have seen meaning and success... Read more

March 8, 2023

What does it mean to engage faith from a post-Christian perspective? Is that even possible? Viable? What does post-Christian even mean? There is a generation of faith crisis before us (which ultimately gives way to identity crisis). How are we engaging it? Over the last few years the deconstruction community has really brought the crisis of faith to the fore. The stats, surveys, and data that we have seen coming out of various studies, not least of which the landmark... Read more

March 4, 2023

Lent. The beginning of Jesus’ dance with the Devil, “the Tempter,” out in the wilderness. A high holy day leading into a high holy season. Bearing the mark of ashes, remembering the solemn promise of dust to dust. Sacrificing as Jesus did while he was led into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. Right? I haven’t fasted for spiritual reasons since my teens. When I would fast it would be a particular food like chocolate, sometimes TV, or ‘secular’... Read more

February 27, 2023

What is the real question at the heart of the Asbury Revival? A few weeks ago I opened up Facebook to find a long post by a former professor of mine from Bible College. She is also a revivals scholar in the Assemblies of God tradition. She wrote extensively on what she called the Asbury Revival happening on the Asbury campus. She compared it to two previous ‘revivals’ at Asbury and spoke on revivals in general.  As someone who spent... Read more

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