Recently I heard a talk by Peter Rollins where he said that churches, broadly speaking, can be defined one of three ways: psychotic, perverse, and neurotic. These are terms that … Continue Reading Is Your Church Psychotic, Perverse, or Neurotic?
Recent sleep studies have shown that dreams are not the result of randomly firing neurons nor are they just our unconscious selves wrestling with anxieties and desires. Rather, they are … Continue Reading We Need Religion
Perhaps the most significant critique of radical theology is that it’s a theory virtually confined to a demographic that is white, privileged, and college educated. As such, it can be … Continue Reading The Violence of Radical Theology
It’s often assumed that I’ve lost my passion and enthusiasm for Christianity – that I’ve lost my love for the church and the Bible – that I’ve allowed bitterness, negativity, … Continue Reading Yes, I’m a Christian
The more I read about cosmology and biology the more I am utterly dumbfounded by the interplay between the material universe and consciousness. For example, it’s well known that certain … Continue Reading Why I Doubt My Doubt
One of my favorite gospel stories is the one about Jesus and his disciples eating their way through a corn field on the Sabbath. Not sure if this was stealing … Continue Reading Faith Beyond Belief
I just got done reading the book, “The Big Short.” You may be more familiar with the Academy Award winning movie of the same name, which I think I have … Continue Reading Shorting the Church
The Gospels are about a radical shift in understanding the kingdom of God from a literal/physical kingdom of power and might, to a symbolic/spiritual kingdom of love and grace. This is precisely … Continue Reading How the Gospels Destroy Fundamentalism
If you’re reasoning honestly about facts, then the color of your skin is irrelevant. The religion of your parents is irrelevant. Whether you’re gay or straight is irrelevant. Your identity … Continue Reading Facts (Don’t) Matter
The Trump administration’s decision this week to exclude news outlets that they deem “fake news” is a disturbing sign of the times. For this reason and others, many are calling … Continue Reading What the Fake News Controversy Says About All of Us.
There is no question that Trump’s boorish behavior against women and other people groups were a major catalyst for the unprecedented national turnout at the Women’s March this last weekend. … Continue Reading Is Trump the Apocalypse We Need?
I’ve been reading James Baldwin lately, a popular but often unheard of civil rights leader from the 1960s. Baldwin grew up in Harlem and began preaching at his church when he was just … Continue Reading The Radical Theology of James Baldwin
As the pastor of a church populated mostly by progressive millennial Christians, I can say with confidence that this election is galvanizing their hatred for all things Evangelical. My church … Continue Reading Will Trump Cause a Millennial Exodus?
I remember being around eight and standing in the hall outside of the youth room at church. The children’s pastor hovered over me while encouraging me to say “banana, banana” … Continue Reading Why I Still Speak in Tongues
John Caputo says, “Every time someone announces the death of God, something funny happens on the way to the funeral.” In other words, as soon as one God dies, another … Continue Reading The Death and Resurrection of God(s)
The cross has been romanticized to such a degree that it has completely lost its original meaning and significance. And this has really been the case ever since the time of … Continue Reading The Power of a Powerless God