On So-Called “Religious Freedom” Legislation


So-called “religious freedom” legislation in Indiana and Arkansas has been getting a lot of press lately. Critics claim that these bills will make it possible for businesses to legally discriminate against same gender couples. As a citizen of the United States of America (who happens to be a pastor and theologian), I have this to […]

Telling the Story


Thanks to Adam Walker Cleaveland and Jan Edmiston, I had my world rocked last night by civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis and one of his aides, Andrew Aydin. They have collaborated on a series of graphic novels about the civil rights movement called March. They spoke at an event sponsored by the good people […]

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Did God Kill Jesus

When I was in high school, my favorite youth group leader was a man named Dave. I don’t recall him being an especially astute biblical scholar or a profound teacher. But he showed up every Sunday afternoon to play volleyball with us and his gift of time and attention meant the world to me. His […]

The Gospel is Political


Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11        Reflection Along with John Dominic Crossan, the late Marcus Borg pointed out the unmistakably political nature of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was a mockery of the way Jerusalem’s Roman rulers would have entered the city, and by staging this elaborate demonstration Jesus was boldly proclaiming the emergence […]

Seminars at #PYM15

I am getting very excited for the second edition of the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference next week. For the second year in a row I think we have put together a conference unlike any other youth ministry gathering in the world. In addition to our great lineup of plenary speakers, check out this amazing array […]