Halloween Blog Post and Interview in the UK

Premier Christianity Magazine in the UK, and the Church Mission Society have posted a couple things from me in the last few days. The Church Mission Society posted an interview about Halloween, Burning Man, Witches, and festival work. I was a speaker at their conference about “Mission among People who are Spiritual but not Religious”, … More Halloween Blog Post and Interview in the UK

Million Student March: are the mixed messages saying nothing?

The Million Student March is happening today. It feels like an extension of the Occupy movement. In fact, at UMass Amherst some students were occupying the student union building – probably because it has been raining. Websites have been running updates from the marches around the country, but it seems well under the hoped for … More Million Student March: are the mixed messages saying nothing?

When the Erotic and the Prophetic Collide: Green Man, sonnet #42

The Bible is filled with erotic stories, erotic poetry, and even erotic prophetic imagery. The stories range from the criminal (the rape and murder of the Levite’s concubine, David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband), to the obscene (Lot’s daughters having sex with their drunken father, the member of the Corinthian Church … More When the Erotic and the Prophetic Collide: Green Man, sonnet #42

The Self Immolation of Christian Leadership: Is this a macro issue?

This morning a Facebook discussion brought up a comment from Doug Murren (a fellow pastor in my previous denomination). In speaking about abusive behavior in leadership positions in Christianity, Doug said, “this has become a macro issue in the church,” and commented on the need to speak to this issue by every means possible. My … More The Self Immolation of Christian Leadership: Is this a macro issue?

The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community

Francis’ indictment of mafia violence and calling them to repentance with the threat of Hell, is a perfect model for some of my thoughts about navigating the space between the church and the world, especially when seen in the light of his responses to both atheists and the LGBTQ community. Perhaps Francis has now fully … More The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community

These Twisted Stories – Phelps and Driscoll

Two prominent tales are being played out in the culture of American Christianity right now. They appear unrelated, but I believe they are intimately connected to one another, and highlight the cognitive dissonance we struggle with in regards to religion. Fred Phelps, the founder and patriarch of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and the “God … More These Twisted Stories – Phelps and Driscoll