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Staying Home: Churcholm Syndrome

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  Growing up, I was in church every Sunday. I sat in our favorite pew. I memorized every hymn. I remembered the scriptures. I sought Jesus the best I knew how. I always knew that something wasn’t right about that space. Oppression came from every direction. I couldn’t get out. I didn’t know enough. Decades […]

Those Confederate Flags in De Leon

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  *I wrote the following letter to the editor for the people of De Leon, Texas after a recent visit.   Beauty reaches out and grabs you. I experience it every time. I see it. I feel it. I hear it. The land speaks. The fields sway. The sky never stops. I could go on […]

Don’t Go To Church. Be The Church.

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Don’t Go To Church. Be The Church.   Shortly before being arrested for civil disobedience, I said these words at the Dallas Rally Against Police Brutality in December of 2014:   There is an indictment against our religious communities. That indictment is here tonight. Asking the question… How long? How long must we work? How […]

On the 10th Anniversary of My Ordination

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  Jesus called me into ministry.   The institutional church has put me through hell.   The keepers of the normative have always tried to stand in my way.   Having spent years in discernment, I will never forget the first question. “Do you believe in a literal hell?” After an afternoon of similar questions, […]

A Memorial Day Prayer

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Oh False God That We Call America Unhallowed Is Your Name You Help Us Kill And Assert Our Will On Earth As We Think It Is In Heaven Oh One True God, Save Us From This Bullshit We Are In Dire Distress Give Us This Day Our Daily Brains Forgive Us For Killing Our Enemies […]

The Puppet in the Pulpit

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  For the third time in a week, I received a phone call from a prophetic and transformative friend who either resigned their pastorate or was bullied into silence by the governing board of their church. In an age of increasing injustice, our churches have become the great bastions and protectors of the status quo. […]

The Institutionalized Jesus & the Lie that is Our Churches

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Going to church was never part of the plan. In fact, church was less something you went to and more something you were supposed to become. Why do we spend so much time and money keeping up institutions? Jesus simply said, “Follow me.” We are the church. We don’t need anything else. We just need […]

The Intern Monologues: The Church

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    *This is the fifth intentional conversation between my summer intern Christian Parks and I.   J: Why is the construct of the church relevant?   C: The church is relevant because it is the most diverse construct we have in our world. The gospel of Jesus is a unifying message…no matter language, tradition […]

The Self-Righteousness of Christians

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Injustices that make us feel righteous are always our favorites. Last week, I watched Christians get practically giddy over the downfall of The Duggars. I have wondered if people realize that the evils that Josh Duggar committed had victims? In post after post and blog after blog, I watched Christians express their pain at what […]

Jesus is Dead! : An Easter Case for a Theological Resurrection

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Throughout my ministry, I have heard awful stories of pain, abuse and suffering. Though the stories are many and varied, there is one that sticks out above all others. During a time of group counseling around spiritual abuse, an older gentleman revealed that his youth group pinned him down and probed his ass with a […]

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