Why So Many Evangelicals Will Vote for Trump
Sep27

Why So Many Evangelicals Will Vote for Trump

I read Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey ten or twelve years ago. I loved it. It was so helpful for me at a time when I was lost and searching, clamoring to make sense of losing the faith of my childhood, and dreadfully uncertain that I’d ever find another one in its place. I didn’t, actually, until some six or seven years later, which is precisely why Yancey’s book provided such balm to me personally: “I have known...

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4 Powerful Henri Nouwen Quotes
Sep22

4 Powerful Henri Nouwen Quotes

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of my unofficial patron saint, Henri Nouwen.  Outside of Richard Rohr, whom I could never have understood without doing the work Nouwen gave me to do first, no single author has impacted me more as a therapist and person. It would be impossible to overstate his influence (if it’s any indication how much this is really true, consider that my son’s name is Lev Nouwen Immanuel...

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On HB1840
May11

On HB1840

On April 27, 2016, the governor of Tennessee signed into law House Bill 1840, which “declares that no person providing counseling or therapy services will be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist; requires such counselor or therapist to refer the client to another counselor or therapist; creates immunity for such...

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Falwell Jr., Muslims, Trump, and the Layer Cake
Jan27

Falwell Jr., Muslims, Trump, and the Layer Cake

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’ve heard about Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the late Moral Majority founder, making anti-Muslim remarks and gesturing to the handgun he was carrying during a chapel speech to Liberty University Students. Referring to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, Falwell Jr. said that if those who’d been attacked “had what I have got in my back...

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SCOTUS & Same-Sex Marriage: Reflections on Christianity, Psychotherapy, and Fatherhood
Jul01

SCOTUS & Same-Sex Marriage: Reflections on Christianity, Psychotherapy, and Fatherhood

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  To date, I’ve not spent much time publicly discussing my thoughts regarding the intersection of Christianity and homosexuality.  This is true because it is my general opinion that this kind of meta-discourse can be unproductive at best, and destructive at worst.  The last time I wrote about it was this piece for the Huffington Post over two years ago.  <SIGH> Yet, the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing...

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Parker Palmer: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Apr08

Parker Palmer: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, with nearly 10 books and countless articles to his credit.  He is also the founder of the Seattle, WA-based Center for Courage and Renewal, whose mission “is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on...

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36 for 36…
Mar30

36 for 36…

Today is my 36th birthday.  Here are 36 things I’ve learned over the course of my lifetime in no particular order, with nods to those of you who’ve helped me realize these things — you know who you are!   Stay tuned in April for the return of the Interviews with Spiritual Heroes series! There is no way to avoid screwing up my kids. It is a question of degrees. Being oriented to life primarily around “right vs. wrong”...

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In Defense of Stuff Christian Culture Likes
Feb17

In Defense of Stuff Christian Culture Likes

In July of 2013, Christ and Pop Culture Magazine co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Richard Clark, wrote a strongly worded piece calling out internet phenom, Stuff Christian Culture Likes (SCCL), for “hate-watching the church.”   In it, Clark asserts that while some “good-natured ribbing” is often just what the doctor ordered to help us laugh at some of the quirkiness within western evangelical Christianity, SCCL’s approach is in “a...

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Father Richard Rohr: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Feb02

Father Richard Rohr: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Father Richard Rohr (OFM), is a Roman Catholic, Franciscan priest, ordained in 1970. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albquerque, New Mexico, and the author of more than 25 books about Christian spirituality.   Rohr is a contributing author to the CAC’s journal, Onening, as well as the progressive Christian publication, Sojourners. He is a proponent of the Perennial Tradition (a subject we discuss...

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One-Time Christian Rock-n-Roll Artist Renounces Faith, Shocks Millions
Jan23

One-Time Christian Rock-n-Roll Artist Renounces Faith, Shocks Millions

Christians across America will be shifting uncomfortably in their pews on Sunday as they hear the news – Mike Gestopolis, co-founder of the wildly popular Christian pop rock band, Messenger Boys, with 16 studio albums (6 of them certified gold) to their credit, announced last Wednesday that he has renounced his faith. Former band members, followers of the band’s music, and pastors who’d promoted their music as a tool to reach young...

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