A (Very) Brief Response to Tim Keller and Nicholas Kristof
Dec24

A (Very) Brief Response to Tim Keller and Nicholas Kristof

Here we are, on the eve of Christmas 2016.  This holiday season has inarguably been filled with the least hope and the least wonder for me personally that I can ever remember.  No doubt, I am still smarting from a grossly toxic election season and an outcome that is vexing and difficult to fathom, as well as the implications that outcome has had in shattering what remaining illusions I apparently had about the world, and these United...

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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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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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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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Fernando Ortega: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Jan06

Fernando Ortega: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

  Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer, and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father’s work with the US Department of State.  He is the product of eight generations of family hailing from Chimayo, New Mexico. Ortega’s approach to music includes elements of folk, classical, Celtic, Latin American, world, and rustic hymnody, according...

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Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Dec22

Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Welcome to the first post in the ongoing series, Interviews with Spiritual Heroes! Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, consisting of over one hundred brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions and about thirty countries across the world. According to Wikipedia, “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of...

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Interviews with Spiritual Heroes: New Monthly Series
Dec18

Interviews with Spiritual Heroes: New Monthly Series

“What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground As I have traversed the dusty trail of life, I...

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