I Kissed Deconstruction Goodbye

Joshua Harris got me dumped in college. Kind of. Harris had written a book in 1997 called "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." This was the apex of weird 1990s evangelical purity culture. Honestly, I don't find a lot that is objectionable about fostering a culture of holiness and purity - it certainly beats the alternative which … Continue reading I Kissed Deconstruction Goodbye

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?”

what is essential

2020 has introduced us to new vocabulary of words and phrases. Asymptomatic. Exponential spread. Social distancing. Non-pharmaceutical intervention. Contact tracing. Anosmia.* We also have been reintroduced to old words in new packages. Sometimes the new package disorients us and makes us wonder if we ever really knew what the word meant. One of these words … Continue reading what is essential

my people

My friend and preacher, Mark Christian, made a refreshing confession yesterday. In the midst of a sermon on hope and trust, he admitted that his emotions, particularly anger, are living just beneath the surface lately. He said he just feels angry and frustrated all of the time. It made me so happy. Not because my … Continue reading my people

day 8

How's everyone doing? Today was a day of firsts for a lot of people in Southwest Missouri. Because many of us were on Spring Break last week, today many kids began schooling at home. Based on what I saw on Facebook and in my own house, there were decidedly mixed results. I'm not going to … Continue reading day 8

first church of the technopolis

I took a few days before writing this post because 1) whatever-I'm-busy-you-don't-know-my-life and 2) because I didn't want to be just another blogger-dudeā„¢ dunking on Judah Smith. I wanted to have something more interesting to say other than "Judah Smith is a more upbeat Rob Bell with weirder classes and cooler friends."** **Relax. It's a … Continue reading first church of the technopolis

on being political

This is my third and final post on politics and theology. There is so much more to be said about the topic, and Google knows that there are so many who have said so much more about the topic. It seems to me that much more than three posts on any topic might open me … Continue reading on being political

godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler

**Just so there's no confusion, Bill Hybels is not Hitler.** I was recently doing some light reading on anti-natalism. If you don't know what that is, anti-natalism is a perky little philosophy that argues procreation is inherently bad and it would have been far better if none of us had ever been born. Therefore refraining … Continue reading godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler