The wide spectrum of Christ’s character always challenges me, especially in light of how the roles and tasks he assumes undergo a shift from the incarnation to his ascension. It’s clearly stated in the Gospels that Jesus didn’t come to judge, and when he’s on the earth as the Word-made-flesh Son of God, there is no judgment to be found. Yes, he displays righteous anger at times. He also has plenty of harsh words for the Pharisees, but even then there would be grace readily available to them if they would only accept (consider the story of Nicodemus). At the end of Scripture, though, Jesus has changed in the book of Revelation. He’s taken on the role of a judge, doling out summations of how people have spent their time—what they could have done better and what they did right. I feel as if there’s something here that’s crucial to recognize. Read More


I’ve written about cynicism here before, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately. See, I still find that I get along with older people much more easily than I do with folks my own age. Not older as in senior citizens (although I do have some wonderful friends who get movie theatre discounts); they can just be five or ten years older. Usually they’re thirty years old or older. Usually they have kids—grandkids even. When I moved to Nashville and began looking for a small group at my new church I knew I wanted to be in one made up of a variety of people. Joining up with the twenty-something-males-recently-graduated-from-college small group didn’t and doesn’t appeal to me at all. It’s highly unlikely I’ll learn from any of those people because they’re all in the same place of life as me. I struggle to believe I’d grow in such a group. Read More

Today is a big day at Harding University. Past and present students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender will have their voices heard in the form of a self-published zine distributed on the religiously and politically conservative Searcy, Arkansas campus. I was going to post this at the same time the physical copies of the zine would be distributed on the campus tonight, but the publication was leaked early, so quite a few people are already aware of its existence. But whether you’re a current or former student of Harding University or don’t even know where the heck Searcy, Arkansas is, you should check this zine out. While it focuses primarily on students experiences of being closeted and marginalized gays at a religiously fundamentalistic college in the South, there are still universal themes here to which all should pay attention. Read More