The acts of listening and believing are too often conflated to the detriment of all involved. Pursuing justice and equality for those who have been often been denied it is why it is so important to hold the acts of listening and believing separately.
I work on staff for a denomination, serving in middle management for a regional office supporting outreach to young people and communications. I don’t share this to impress… Read more “7 Good Things that could happen if Denominations were to Retire”
“A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having… Read more “This problem is even bigger than you think”
Thank you, Donald Trump! Throughout your career as a businessman, entertainer, and now, a public servant, you have shown an aptitude (that means gift) for communicating in… Read more “A thank you letter from a Christian to President Trump”
I didn’t grow up in The United Methodist Church. For the entire time I’ve been a United Methodist, I’ve also been an employee of the same on… Read more “Are you a Uniting Methodist?”
In the wake of the so-called “Nashville Statement” it has never been clearer that there is no singular Christian faith. Perhaps the best analogue is the Sunni-Shia… Read more “The One True Church???”
Here is a guest post I recently did for the Hacking Christianity blog. If you didn’t read it before, enjoy! I’ve been wrestling with some pessimistic apathy about… Read more “The Day the Music Dies -or- Redemption Song? #UMC #NoSuchLaw”
All the news about Bishop Karen Oliveto and the United Methodist Judicial Council yesterday surfaced some internet trolls, no surprise there. I was shocked however by the amount… Read more “I’m losing my faith in unicorns… #UMC #NoSuchLaw”
In their failure to publicly, and repeatedly, acknowledge that death (or a certain lack of popularity) is a likely cost of following Jesus, mainline denominations haven’t always honored the prophetic faithfulness of decisions to open doors for women, people of color, and other excluded groups. Accepting a narrative that closely aligns God’s blessing with numerical success makes such actions less likely, and stands in conflict to Jesus’ call to the cross.
By Patrick Scriven February 1, 2017 Nazareth, Israel –An ancient manuscript scholars believe to be the earliest extant version of the Christian gospel ascribed to Matthew has been… Read more “Lost New Testament manuscript illuminates Jesus’ teaching on immigration”