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This is what happens when 11 publishers say ‘No’…

Fatherhood changes me. More often than I imagined, Elias and Adeline (and soon, our new baby boy) affect how I see and experience life. I suspected this would happen but I didn’t know to what degree their lives would impact my own. But almost immediately, as soon as the midwife put Elias in my arms, his tiny 8-pound presence began shaping what I believe to be important, … [Read More]

20 Problems with Progressive Christianity…

I’m a progressive Christian (or I think I am), though I’m not sure I’ve ever uttered that sentence aloud. That’s not because I’m ashamed of the label, but more or less because nobody seems to define “progressive Christian” the same way. (<-That’s problem … [Read More]

This is my last blog post about Mark Driscoll…

Nine current Mars Hill pastors have signed a letter to Mark Driscoll, requesting their leader to resign from his job as pastor and all other ministry responsibilities. And then, former Mars Hill pastor, Bent Meyer, released this. According to Seattle news, … [Read More]

5 Lingering Effects of Fundamentalism

People often talk about fundamentalism like it’s a geographical location, a place or environment where they experienced the dark ills of religiosity. “But thank God I walked away when I did,” they’ll often say. Or they’ll note, “that place was evil! Happy I'm … [Read More]

My 38 Theses: Ideas for the Church

Last month a friend asked me to tell him my best advice for the Church. At the time, I just laughed and said, "That's not my place... right?" He shrugged, "Why not?" Later, as I thought about his question more, I started writing down a few things, just a … [Read More]

Dear God, Elias starts school tomorrow… (a prayer)

Dear God. Elias starts school tomorrow. And thankfully, he's excited about it. Which is awesome. Thank you for helping him to be a confident bright kid who's actually looking forward to school. And of course, I want him to love school. I want him to be … [Read More]

John Piper’s ‘Ebola,’ a poem…

As we know, Piper often puts his thoughts down in rhyme. Today, he released his latest poem to World Magazine, a Dr. Seussesque ode to the Ebola virus, inspired by tweets from Donald Trump... Ebola Summer 2014 Today a thousand dead. And more To die. … [Read More]

Mark Driscoll has apologized. Now he needs to resign.

Mark Driscoll has apologized. Again. And now he needs to resign. It's time. Hell, it was time in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and six months ago. But now—either today or possibly tomorrow because it's a Sunday!—it's time for Mark Driscoll to step down, to … [Read More]

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Mark Driscoll’s Pussified Nation…

In his book Confessions of a Reformission Rev, Mark Driscoll might have made one confession too many. See image below. Mark's seemingly funny story about writing as William Wallace II might end up becoming his worst nightmare yet. Because Mark's … [Read More]