This summer I was on a beach at a Christian camp and I heard a lifeguard say to a group of swimming children, “Okay, guys and gals and non-binary pals!” My heart smiled to hear the college age lifeguard casually insert a new gender identity, like it was perfectly normal to affirm queer people at … Continue reading The Diversity at Our Rural Christian Camp Gives Us Hope
Growing up, I was a Bible reader…like read the Bible every night before bed, went to a Christian school where I memorized entire chapters for a letter grade, read it from cover to cover 4x by 12th grade…Bible reader. I was told that every word of the 2000 year old letters that the first Christian … Continue reading I Stopped Hating Paul When I Read His Life & Letters Like an Ancient Ken Burns Documentary
Despite the growing political divides in our country, our mid-western church has outspoken pro-Trump folks and fiscal conservatives who can’t stand Trump. We have families from different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. We have union Democrats and social justice activists. Now you my be thinking, as the pastor I try to avoid talking about politics … Continue reading Listening to Fox News Made Me A More Effective Progressive Pastor
My wife works in male dominated fields. She is often the only woman working on a construction site or in her tattoo shop (yes – my wife is a lady boss who can use both powertools and a tattoo machine) and, like so many women, she has had to put up with lewd jokes, sexist … Continue reading Helpful Ways Men Can Respond When Our Partner Says “Me Too”
How does a high schooler find themselves in a Christian Anti-Masturbation Cult, you ask? Its a good question. One I’ve asked myself for years. For me, it was a combination of living inside a Christian bubble, a tragic lack of sexual education, and a balding older man who chose to spend his nights in a … Continue reading In High School I was the Victim of a Christian Anti-Masturbation Cult #ChurchToo
Planning your own funeral can be really helpful. Especially if your faith or worldview is pretty different than your family’s. Because if you don’t leave instructions, chances are your family is going to go on auto-pilot.