Which Narrative Do We Choose?

"Signs of Life" by Christie

Following up on yesterday’s post about the theme of exile at the NEXT Church National Gathering, here are some further thoughts about the biblical narratives we use to help us understand our situation and tell our stories. There are essentially three sweeping narratives in the Bible, all three of which are variations of the same […]

Instructor-Assisted Deployment

Preaching at Eastminster

I spent this past weekend in Ontario as the guest of my friend and Doctor or Ministry colleague Peter Bartlett. He was being installed (though they much more appropriately call it a covenanting service) as the co-pastor of Eastminster United Church in Belleville, Ontario.  You can watch a video of my sermon below, full of […]

Progressive Youth Ministry


There are many things that I’m looking forward to in this coming year of ministry. One of the most exciting is a conference on Progressive Youth Ministry that I have planned with Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Sarah Cunningham of the JoPa Group. This is a long-time dream coming true and I’m thrilled with the […]

Adventures in Post-Christendom


Yesterday I announced that I am retiring my blog tagline, “Posts from the Blog of an (un)Tamed Cynic” and adopting a different tone and focus. Today I begin this new journey under the banner of Adventures in Post-Christendom. With this rebranding I intend to convey a sense of excitement and wonder at the prospects of […]

Some Thoughts on the End of DOMA

Maundy Thursday Equality

As an American citizen, I’m very pleased about the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. As I’ve noted many times on this blog, marriage equality is a civil rights issue and there is no civil basis for preventing American citizens from enjoying the legal benefits […]