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When We Hang Millstones on Children

I want you to see this. It comes from Mary DeMuth, a friend who is bravely speaking up about the abuse she experienced, and the abuse she sees in the church. This is something that has been heavy on my heart…

Against Images of Darkness

I am powerless against the darkness. I wake up in the morning sore and blurry, fumbling across Twitter while waiting for the black coffee. I see images of the darkness in the palm of my hand. Syria. Ukraine.  Another black…

Why I Don't Care About Creation vs. Evolution Anymore

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And for a long time, I believed that God the Father had created heaven and earth in six literal days (for the Bible tells me so). I believed…

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Sin

In today’s dispatch from the culture wars, dozens of prominent conservative Christian leaders – including Rick Warren, Ravi Zacharias, and Wayne Grudem – have filed an amicus brief supporting Hobby Lobby in the ongoing battle over contraception. (Religion News Service)…

HuffPost Live: Love the Sinner Hate the Sin?

Last summer, I had a conversation that I can’t get out of my mind. It didn’t seem like it at the time, but looking back that was when I began to shift from seeing homosexuality as an “issue” to seeing…

5 Books I Read in 2013

It seems that everybody is putting together their lists of “Top Books I Read in 2013”, but I can’t really call this that. Honestly, this is a list of all the books I read in 2013. I feel a little…

Black Friday

On Black Friday

This is not the blog post I was going to write today. I was going to write a handful of words about consumerism and greed and the big bad Black Friday and how we need to get back to a…

Things Christians Should Stop Saying

Christians love to make lists of things that Christians need to stop saying. RELEVANT listed “20 Christianese Phrases We Really Need to Stop Saying”. Huffington Post had “6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying”. Jayson D. Bradley wrote “3 Phrases Christians…

Addie Zierman

A Conversation with Addie Zierman about 'When We Were on Fire'

I’ve never met Addie Zierman. The world is a big place with lots of wonderful people in it, so it’s not particularly remarkable that I haven’t met everyone in person. But it is a little funny, I think, that Addie…

When We Came Out

As a follower of Jesus, I believe deeply that we are called to love our gay  brothers and sisters. I also believe that love is patient and kind, that love pulls up a chair and listens. Today, that’s what I’m…