Putting the T in Progressive Youth Ministry

Last week, when I laid out my hopes for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference I'm organizing with the JoPa Group, I mentioned that one of my goals is to directly address issues and topics that simply don't get discussed at most (or any) other youth ministry conferences. High on this list is … Read more about Putting the T in Progressive Youth Ministry

Eighth Grade Faith Questions

For me, faith is as much (or more) about the questions than it is about the answers. Each year at the beginning of their confirmation experience, I ask our 8th graders to list their biggest faith questions. Each year these questions are a good reminder of what our young people are thinking about … Read more about Eighth Grade Faith Questions

Borg Blog: Resistance is Futile

I'm pleased to see that Marcus Borg is joining the blogosphere with a new blog at Patheos. Borg has been a big influence in my spiritual and academic development. I first encountered him as a college student in 1997 when I attended a weekend event he did on his book The God We Never Knew. It was … Read more about Borg Blog: Resistance is Futile

Walter White: A Morally Ambiguous Savior

Spoiler alert! This is about the Breaking Bad finale, so stop reading if you haven't seen it yet. First things first: I loved the ending of Breaking Bad. It was the perfect conclusion to the best long form examination of the fine line between good and evil and a man's descent into darkness that I … Read more about Walter White: A Morally Ambiguous Savior

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 … Read more about Progressive Youth Ministry

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 … Read more about Adventures in Post-Christendom