As a scholar of religion who is gay (and -- by the way -- currently celibate), I staunchly oppose this heretical Christian claim that the rare spiritual gift of and vocation to celibacy is automatically to be assigned to an entire group of people merely because of their affectional or sexual orientation.
Too often, we fall back on the far easier habit of defining ourselves by what we're not, which is why Mark Driscoll is so incredibly valuable. Every time he grabs another headline for his mind-blowing antics, we're quick to say, "See that guy? I'm not like him."
There's a growing dissatisfaction with the traditional view of the church among emerging generations. This dissatisfaction has any number of causes, which the disaffected would name as anti-institutionalism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, etc. But there's one area of vexation that always seems to come up: the Jesus Gap.
For six years we had a wonderful marriage. However, before he died, not only did he leave me traces along the way for his departure, he left me with a deed on how I was to live through the years without him.
The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.
Sometimes evangelical Christians make movies. And usually they are horrible. The themes are poorly executed. Instead of life imitated in inspiring ways through the medium of film, a sermon is smugly preached.
News of a mini civil war in Lebanon between the Lebanese army and fighters thought to belong to the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) triggered a wave of rumors this week that were blamed in part on traditional media.
Poet John Donne famously recognized the similarity of sexual and religious ecstasy. Born Catholic, he became an Anglican priest and the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as a poet both bawdy and religious.
I recently published an Op-Ed in Fox News about the Assyrians' struggle for protections and why I saw myself forced to start a worldwide Campaign call...
Yes, we need a comprehensive immigration reform plan, and yes, we need to strengthen our boarders for our own security reasons, but these children are here now and need to be shown compassion.
When ISIS warns Christians "there is nothing to give them but the sword," we need to take their threat seriously. Over 35,000 Christians have fled Mosul to escape their murderous intent.
Joseph wears his privilege too proudly. Oblivious to the fact that his older brothers despise him, he shares with them two vivid dreams. In each, the world revolves around Joseph -- the world bows down to serve him.
Sure, Christians would love their Messiah to come back soon. But things here on Earth keep indicating that won't be happening anytime soon.
It is a misfortune to be born a woman: no rights in life, no rights to breathe freely, no rights to feel that you exist, only because nature made the "mistake" to create a woman.
I sit at my desk again now to answer the question, "Why would I pursue ordination after all the pain my Church has put me and my family through?"
When I packed up my Buick and headed off from Long Island to a small Christian college in rural Arkansas, it never dawned on me that one day I'd be performing comedy dressed in women's clothes while sharing the name of the world's greatest harlot.