September 25, 2019

On Wednesday, September 18th, President Trump said that Mayor Kevin Faulconer was “doing the right thing” and that’d he’d done “a good job” dealing with the epidemic of homelessness that has emerged in San Diego. While it is true that San Diego has implemented a number of innovative and unique strategies to attempt to reduce the amount of homelessness in our City, the truth is that the number of individuals experiencing homelessness still at an all-time high and continues to… Read more

August 21, 2019

I grew up in a brand of Christianity that centered around the belief that Jesus was coming back in the near future and that the Church would be taken off the earth and spared from the judgement of God that will be poured out on the world once Christ returned. The thinking was that Jesus first came as the Lamb of God, slain for the world, but when he returned, he would the Lion of Judah, the conquering king who… Read more

July 3, 2019

Every year on the Fourth of July, I feel incredibly torn. On one hand, it’s true that I have some degree of pride because I live in a nation that for most of it’s history has been a beacon of free speech, religious freedom, and democratic values. On the other hand, I have come to recognize that many of the catchphrases that have been embedded in the minds of every American- phrases like “liberty and justice for all”, “land of… Read more

June 28, 2019

A majority of the worlds Christian Churches today have official doctrines and dogmas that support the marginalization of LGBT+ people. World governments and individual parents base their discrimination and rejection of the dignity and equality of LGBT+ people based on the authority given to these religious positions. In many ways, religion is one of the chief cultivators of homophobia and transphobia in the world today. But there is also another side to the story. While those with privilege and power… Read more

May 28, 2019

This is a guest post from Rev. Wendy Holland.  Last week Alabama’s governor signed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation, banning the procedure at all stages of pregnancy, and providing no exception for rape or incest. According to the New York Times, doctors who terminate pregnancies will be at risk of felony charges and prison terms of up to 99 years. A number of other states have recently enacted legislation that makes abortion illegal as soon as a… Read more

April 26, 2019

Franklin Graham, son of the famed evangelist Billy Graham, has taken to Twitter to question the validity of Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg’s faith because he’s an openly gay Christian man. Graham tweeted: “Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.” This view, that being LGBT+ and a Christian is incompatible has been the traditional Christian perspective… Read more

April 25, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my new book The Gospel of Inclusion, released today. Get your copy here. When we begin to understand that the entire trajectory of scripture points to God’s radically inclusive love for all of Creation, we will be compelled to rethink our entire theological framework. Since patriarchy and exclusion are embedded in the worldview of the writers of Scripture, we will be brought into conflict with various exclusive texts and the doctrines that have formed around… Read more

April 8, 2019

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg recently called for the formation of a “religious left” during an interview on The View. Citing his own Christian faith, he pointed out that the Religious Right had adapted their own moral teaching to embrace and celebrate Donald Trump and wondered how a morally awakened religious left might impact the politics of our country in years to come. As a pastor and political organizer, I couldn’t agree more. During the lead up to the 2016 Presidential… Read more

March 30, 2019

A recent article by Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey in The Christian Century explained on womans experience of engaging in sex outside of marriage in a conservative Christian context and then suffering a great deal of shame and pain both from her Christian sexual partners and from her own sense of emotional emptiness following sex. She contrasts these experiences with the experience of sex within her marriage, which she described as healing and deeply fulfilling. At the end of the article, she says… Read more

March 23, 2019

“OMG You’re f***ing disgusting! You’re a PASTOR.” This is a message I received when I opened up Grindr, a gay app, on my phone recently. It’s not the first time as a single, millennial, gay pastor that I have received this response from someone seeing me on one of the various apps. Early on in my ministry, an individual from my congregation asked me to coffee. When we sat down to talk, he said, “I really need to have a… Read more

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