There's a statement in the Bible that "friendship with the world is enmity with God." When I was growing up, being "in the world, but not of the world"—in the minds of many evangelicals—meant that Christian culture and secular culture were inherently in opposition to one another. The evangelical mission, it could be said, was … Continue reading Reframing Evangelism: Collaborative Culture Care
Introduction: Valentine's Day, The UMC, and The Umbrella Academy It's been a packed couple of weeks for me, philosophically and emotionally speaking. My Valentine's Day article on church culture's sexuality rhetoric hit a wider, more diverse readership than I had previously considered, and it became apparent that I needed to flesh out some points to … Continue reading How Should Christians Talk About Sex and Sexuality? (Part 1 — Meeting Needs Before Moralizing: Jesus and the Woman at the Well)
15 Changes to Make in How Christian Culture Sees Sexuality -- 8 Strategies for the Church and 7 Tips for Singles Strategies For the Church1. Stop talking about virginity. What you have experienced sexually is not a mark against your morality. What you haven't experienced is not a mark against your social status. Remove the stigma against … Continue reading 15 Changes to Make in How Christian Culture Sees Sexuality
Dallas Church Culture: Y'all remember The Matrix? The whole robot apocalypse thing? Remember how the machines grew human bodies and used them for fuel? Creepy stuff. That's kind of what it feels like to live in this city: To be a body for someone else's fuel. A theme I see in Dallas: Those operating from … Continue reading Challenges with Dallas Church Culture
In a world where you're constantly pressured to cite your sources, check your facts, and maintain good journalistic principles (even when you're not getting paid for it), it is one of the nicest things ever to just ask somebody a question you could have Googled. It's a lost art--having normal conversations. I miss getting to … Continue reading Fact-Checking
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 God, help me trust in the path You have for me. Help me be of one mind, daily, moment by moment, trusting in the … Continue reading A Prayer For Single-Minded Calm
A friend from seminary wrote an article entitled "What the Church Needs to Know About Gamers" for our school's graduate student journal. It's worth a read. The statistics the writer cites may surprise you--like that two-thirds of adults play video or board games regularly. As I've had the opportunity to visit gaming events and conventions in … Continue reading The Importance of Play — For Adults!