Spirituality in Twelve Steps

My "giving up church for Lent" blog series was disrupted last week when I traveled to Dallas for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference, which you can read about here. Now I'm in Atlanta for the NEXT Church national gathering and finding my days just as full. But I'm still thinking about the … Read more about Spirituality in Twelve Steps

Finding God In Earth, Water, and Sky

Experiencing God in nature is one of the prime targets of those who condescendingly dismiss the spirituality of people who identify as spiritual but not religious. Apparently it's superficial and narcissistic to find God in in the mountains or in a sunset. Or, it's not enough to experience such … Read more about Finding God In Earth, Water, and Sky

Tired of Being Insulted

Now that I've established some of my assumptions and interests, I'm beginning my "giving up church for Lent" journey wth Diana Butler Bass' new book, Grounded: Finding God in the World---A Spiritual Revolution. Bass' previous book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a … Read more about Tired of Being Insulted

My “Secret Agent” Spiritual Guide

College was something of a crisis of faith for me. I was basically a fundamentalist when I left high school. After planning on a career in space physics and applying to schools based on this plan, by the time I needed to decide which college to attend I had felt a call to ministry that I could no … Read more about My “Secret Agent” Spiritual Guide

There Is an Awakening

Though I've seen it twice, have included it in pretty much every evangelism talk I've given since the full trailer came out in October, and used it to open the sermon I preached yesterday, I've managed to not blog about The Force Awakens in the three weeks since it opened. It's time to fix that. … Read more about There Is an Awakening

The Spiritual Evolution of Han Solo

I probably should have asked more about the membership of Brian Blount's advisory council before I opened my talk with them this morning by exegeting the new Star Wars trailer. Not to be ageist---I find myself saying this a lot lately---but my analysis might have been lost on them. I don't think any … Read more about The Spiritual Evolution of Han Solo

A Different Knowledge of God

Last week in my reflections on the PC(USA) Big Tent event, I raised a critical question about mainline Protestantism: do we know God or do we just know a lot about God? It seems to me that our practice of evangelism and a whole bunch of other things are impacted by the answer to this question. I … Read more about A Different Knowledge of God