The “United Methodists” Are No Longer United

What's Going On? Yesterday, the United Methodist Church made headlines by announcing that a taskforce of both conservative and liberal factions within the UMC have reached a settlement to part ways, with a new theologically conservative denomination branching off. For the past several years, the country's largest mainline denomination and second-largest Protestant denomination (second only … Continue reading The “United Methodists” Are No Longer United

Word and Sacrament: A Friendly Response to Skye Jethani

It's not every day that I find myself in disagreement with Skye Jethani. I unfortunately don't have the pleasure of knowing him personally, but I always value his opinion on things and respect what he has to say about any given subject topic. So consider this blog post an exercise in friendly critique. A few … Continue reading Word and Sacrament: A Friendly Response to Skye Jethani

“Kissing Christianity Goodbye”: A Call for the Church’s Self-Reflection

Last week, former pastor and author Joshua Harris announced his departure from Christianity. The news came after his recantation of his popular book and the announcement of separation from his wife. Below is his full statement. It is painful to read. My heart is full of gratitude. I wish you could see all the messages … Continue reading “Kissing Christianity Goodbye”: A Call for the Church’s Self-Reflection

Ode to Kierkegaard

I have entered what you could call a distinctly "Kierkegaardian" season of my life. What do I mean by that? Well, first, let me introduce the object of today's spotlight: 19th century Danish existential philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard, who constantly challenged the status quo of his day. If you want to get your mental … Continue reading Ode to Kierkegaard

Taking Back Evangelicalism

I'll always remember the first time I became aware of the term "evangelical". As a young boy growing up in a predominately Lutheran town with predominantly Lutheran friends at school, I had asked my mom what “type” of Christians we were. “Well,” she began, “we’re what you call ‘evangelical’.” Although my curious and inquiring mind … Continue reading Taking Back Evangelicalism

Theological Orthodoxy and Social Justice

One of the things that surprised me after posting my latest blog-post was how it seemed to have resonated and struck a chord with the disenfranchised millennial in the local church. I don't have enough Professor X powers to tell you why, but I suspect that at least one of the reasons may have been the … Continue reading Theological Orthodoxy and Social Justice