This week, a very close friend of mine passed away. His name was Brian. For the better part of seven years, he co-hosted a podcast with me. He was a gentle soul and a committed Christian. Brian had dealt with serious health problems his entire life, but his death was unexpected, and it left his friends … Read more
In my work, I get to talk to a lot of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Christians every day. I get to hear about their faith, their joys, and also their biggest frustrations. Today, I’d like to talk about one of the most common frustrations I hear from them over and over again. When … Read more
Remember the other day, when I wrote about Trendianity, Christianity’s copycat cousin? One way you can distinguish the two is when a disagreement arises. Genuine, gospel-focused Christianity should lead us to be gracious in disagreement (Romans 14). In some situations, that means agreeing to disagree, while in others, we may be called to take a … Read more
Handling disagreements can be tricky. You know what’s trickier? When the two sides don’t even agree about whether it matters. For instance, this weekend, I read an article about Christian views of Halloween. The article pointed out that many Christians don’t celebrate Halloween, viewing it as something linked to Satan and the occult. (The church … Read more
This is what my day feels like. From the popular (and often brilliant) internet comic xkcd.
Oh. My. Goodness. You guys don’t know how long I’ve been having to hold this big announcement in and how badly I’ve been wanting to spill the beans. A couple of months ago, I thought I was about to be able to announce it, and then things got put on hold again while we ironed … Read more
I was just quoted in the Christian Post for an article about the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s ordination of their first openly gay minister since changing their policy to allow partnered gay clergy. I was pleased to see that the CP got my point about the importance of nuance and listening to both sides on this … Read more
When I wrote this post back in 2011, I had no idea how this narrative would grow. But grow it did. A fake form of Christianity is taking over the church, one based on the trendy views and issues of the day instead of the gospel.
This comic (via St. Thomas the Doubter) captures so perfectly something I’ve said time and time again: If we’re convinced that those who came before us got important things wrong (like slavery or the earth’s place in the solar system) and those who come after us will get important things wrong (like, say, being way … Read more
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been traveling to different colleges to talk to students and begin campus conversations about homosexuality and Christianity. At each stop, we bring together a roomful of students who disagree with each other and then try to have a respectful conversation with each other. The experiences have been fascinating, and … Read more