Speaking for God

“Don’t you think it’s, well, blasphemous to write for God?”

When the question came, I was sitting atop a tall stool staring into a dizzying array of thousand-watt lights. Two television cameras glided closer to get a better shot of my response. The TV studio hummed from all the equipment. Tens of thousands of people were watching. The smiling blond reporter fixed her clear, blue eyes on mine, scowled, and asked again, “Well, don’t you think it’s blasphemous to write… Read More


The Road Forward Is a Bridge

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those… Read More


Does It Matter if Noah Hid a Giant on the Ark?

Navigating the festooned aisles of Target a few days before Thanksgiving, I notice a display of holiday DVDs. There’s Frosty, Rudolph, and—wait, what’s this?—Russell Crowe? Yep, right there alongside the predictable (festive) suspects, including Frozen and enough of its attendant merchandise to fill a seagoing vessel, is Crowe, brows furrowed, posing in a hipster shirt that looks to have been crafted from hemp.

I stop to check that the presence of Noah isn’t a fluke, an impulse buy that almost… Read More


Nones and Dones: On Leaving the Church

I am a “none.”

I am a “done.”

We are recognized people groups that have left the church. We can check the box next to the “none” category in surveys that ask about religion.

The church is starting to realize that we are “done” with it.

I served the church as a pastor for thirty years before leaving the ministry and the church in one fell swoop. For more than thirty years I observed people like me, and I claim… Read More


Why Andrew Wilson’s Satire Was Dishonoring to LGBT People

Last week, British pastor Andrew Wilson penned a widely shared satirical article titled “The Case for Idolatry: Why Evangelical Christians Can Worship Idols.” His goal was plain: to lampoon what he sees as the poor arguments offered by LGBT-affirming Christians in support of same-sex relationships.

Satire is not necessarily disrespectful, and there can be a place for it within theological discourse. In this case, however, Wilson’s satire was deeply disrespectful to LGBT Christians. Given… Read More