July 15, 2020

I started working on this post last week. Yesterday, Karl Forehand-one of my best friends in the world-published a post here on Patheos entitled “Don’t Call Me Christian”. While Karl and I may seem like we are presenting diametrically opposing views here, I find that so much of what he has written in his column (and elsewhere) resonates deeply within me. I’m grateful for his voice and our friendship and I’m not the least bit worried that this difference in… Read more

July 13, 2020

I’ve been wrong about so many things in my life and ministry. I thought God delighted in sending people to a flaming torture chamber for all eternity. I was wrong. I thought The Bible was everything God had to say to humanity. I was wrong. I thought a woman’s place was in the home-certainly not the pulpit. I was wrong. I thought God predestined people to reject Jesus. I was wrong. I thought everyone who died in Hitler’s furnaces was… Read more

July 10, 2020

We have seen some limited progress on addressing police brutality since the beginning of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and it seems that many white allies seem ready to “move on” to other issues. I think that would be a tragic mistake. Painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on the street in front of The White House and Trump Tower doesn’t end police brutality towards the black community. It is imperative that we all keep speaking up and working together… Read more

July 8, 2020

Most of us are familiar with the concept that we were created in the image of God, but what exactly does that mean? Do we physically resemble the Divine? Does God have fingers, toes, and a belly button? Probably not. In his book, “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”, Trappist Monk Thomas Merton famously wrote, “In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved… Read more

July 6, 2020

Welcome to my brand new column here on Patheos. I’m really grateful to share this space with you. A quick introduction might be in order. I am Brandi’s grateful husband, the proud dad of four awesome kids, and a former professional wrestler, radio broadcaster, missionary, and pastor. I’m currently writing my first book and hosting The Messy Spirituality Podcast. The phrase “Messy Spirituality” is an homage to one of my spiritual heroes, Mike Yaconelli, who wrote a book by that… Read more




Browse Our Archives