Is Baptism a “Bullseye Belief?”

Monday (7/12) was the launch of my first book in partnership with Renew.org. I was honored and humbled when they asked me to write the third volume of their "Real Life Theology" series of books. It is a series designed as a sort of catechism for young disciples and for those who are involved in … Continue reading Is Baptism a “Bullseye Belief?”

Propaganda

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A show designed specifically for the education of preschoolers had created a "Pride Parade Sing-a-Long" complete with drag queens, transgendered beavers, and lesbian alligators. It was clearly an example of activist indoctrination. The hope, I'm sure, was that very young children (who typically watch these shows without their … Continue reading Propaganda

Obstacles, Not Excuses

From the time that he was very young, we've known that our son had some challenges related to social anxiety and OCD. He gave me permission to write about this, but in the interest of protecting his privacy, I'll just say that things like school and social interactions have been more challenging for him than … Continue reading Obstacles, Not Excuses

Yes to the Culture War

When I say "Culture War," what comes to mind? I think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Several years ago I was in Cleveland. Did you know a person is legally required to visit the RRHOF if visiting Cleveland? As you walk into one of the exhibits, you are greeted by a bank … Continue reading Yes to the Culture War

The Impossibility of Empathy

Amanda Gorman is an extremely accomplished poet. She was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published her first book of poetry at the age of 17, and in 2021, she delivered one of her poems at the inauguration of President Biden. At a time when serious poets don't generally become … Continue reading The Impossibility of Empathy

Our Lying Eyes

George Floyd. Adam Toledo. Daunte Wright. Ma'khia Bryant. We know the tragic threads that draw each one of these four names together. Each of their stories differ in important details, but each was a black person whose life was ended by a police officer. The circumstance of their deaths is not all they share however. … Continue reading Our Lying Eyes

Doubting Well

Seems like I've been talking about doubt a lot lately. Whether it's being asked to respond to the latest exvangelical publicly denouncing their faith on TikTok or friends asking me to intervene with a loved one who is asking difficult questions about God, doubt - and our response to it - has been on my … Continue reading Doubting Well

A Short Note on Why You Should Get Vaccinated

I know that many of you are hesitant to get the COVID vaccine, and I get it. I understand your hesitancy. You’ve been called selfish, mouth-breathing rednecks by the same people who want you to get vaccinated. I know it’s not true. These are the kinds of arguments that people make who aren’t really interested … Continue reading A Short Note on Why You Should Get Vaccinated

deconstructing the god of sexual identity

What follows is the manuscript of a sermon delivered in Ozark Christian College's chapel on 2/25/2021. I feel some conflict this morning. It is a strange thing to be asked to preach about a god you no longer believe in. I’m not sure I ever actually believed in this god. There was a time I … Continue reading deconstructing the god of sexual identity