A Chris Pratt Kind of Christianity

Chris Pratt (of Parks and Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Word, etc) has become known for being vocal about his Christian faith. Most recently he talked about his faith practices on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Subsequently, actress Ellen Page pointed out on Twitter that Pratt failed to mention that his church is "infamously anti-LGBTQ." Pratt has denied this and says that his church (Zoe Church) welcomes everyone with open ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

I find that it's a good idea to check myself from time to time to make sure that my theology is staying faithful to scripture and not just to what I want to believe...or what is convenient to believe...or what is self-serving to believe. So before I go making assertions or sharing opinions on certain subjects, I ask myself these six questions. 1. Is it based on something that is actually ...

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Living with the Dying

As a pastor, I've had the privilege of walking with many people in their last few days on earth. I'm also one of those rare creatures who comes from a family where we talk about death. My father was a counselor for many years and grief therapy was one of his specialties. My mother is from a very large family, and there have been many funerals to attend. So I'm ...

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Wanna Be a Better Christian? Try a Little Kindness

Want to level up in your Christian faith, but the idea of a prayer journal or daily Bible study seems daunting? Not big into small groups? Why not try being kind? Not nice, but kind. Being kind is often confused with being nice. They are not the same thing at all. Niceness is pretty vanilla. Kindness goes beyond smiling and being polite and trying not to ruffle any feathers. Nice is inquiring ...

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You are More than Just a Sponge

One day recently, I had back-to-back brief conversations with two people who both used the word "just" in describing themselves. It made me pay more attention to how often people use the word, and I started keeping up with it. Over the last four or five days, I've heard: I'm just a student. I'm just a mom. I'm just a programmer. I'm just a go-fer. I'm just a beginner (guitar). I'm just a dabbler (art). No one ...

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Five Reasons Bible Literacy Classes in Schools are a Bad Idea

I love the Bible and strongly agree that more people should be biblically literate, but I don’t believe that literacy should be obtained in a public school setting. Aside from the fact that our constitution separates church and state, and not taking into account my suspicion that our very non-religious president is calling for this class to pander to the religious right , here are five reasons I think Bible ...

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How We Can Show Up for the Trans Community

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision allowing the transgender military ban to go into effect is another reminder that the transgender community is under attack by the current administration. They are being painted as dangerous deviants whose very existence threatens our nation. How can Christians who are rooted in a theology of love, acceptance and hospitality respond to what is happening?  How do we live out our faith as allies for the trans ...

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The Song We Never Have to Sing

The musical Kinky Boots is set to close in April after an impressive six-year run on Broadway.  There are a number of show-stopping, high energy songs in th show--the story of how a shoemaker and a drag queen save a business (and themselves) by making boots strong enough to support men who dress like women. But this is my favorite song from the show. In the production, it's mainly drag queen ...

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Why I’m Building an Online Christian Community

For 15 years, I’ve been a small church pastor. I love knowing everyone and being invited into the most sacred moments of life—birth, baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, illness and death. I love watching the people in the community love and serve together. It’s the best! As our culture has shifted, church on Sunday morning has become less of a priority and more of a problem. Youth sports, work schedules and the ...

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How Can We Hurt You?

On Monday, the New York Times ran an article about a town in Florida that is home to a federal prison that had to be temporarily relocated in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The people in the town are really suffering from the effects of the government shut-down. The article ends with this quote from a disgruntled Trump supporter: “I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” she ...

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