Time to Listen to Survivors of Sexual Trauma (TAW023)

Episode 023 – It’s Time to Listen to the Survivors of Sexual Abuse One of the easiest ways to fail to love well is to assume that YOUR experience is canonical and that others have had the same experience you’ve had. We often do this with survivors of trauma. In this episode Mary DeMuth, author […]

I’m sorry for how the church has sidelined women.

I am really enjoying writing for the Oregonian website OregonLive. It’s giving me a space to think and wrestle with issues that are not the main topic around here. I just posted my 7th post over there, the 6th in a series. This series, I’m calling it my Apology Series, is addressing ways that the […]

Weekend Wisdom / Part of a Resurrection Community

It’s Easter!  Because of what happened 200 generations ago, everything has changed.  Frequently in church world, we talk about what Easter means for you as an individual.  A second chance, forgiveness, reconciliation with God, the promise of life after death.  But there’s another aspect that matters. Easter isn’t just about you!  The resurrection created a resurrection […]

Does the church hate forgiveness? (Like Jonah)

We know who’s in. We know who’s out. There’s a sickness in Christianity today. Pastors publicly denouncing other pastors. Bloggers parsing the words of Christian writers, dissecting and weighing their theology to determine if they are orthodox. Christians waving protest signs declaring exactly who God hates. We’ve got an epidemic of the Jonah Syndrome.  As […]

Why Church? Because of This Picture.

Why church?  It’s a question I’m hearing more and more.  Honestly, even as a pastor, it’s one I’ve asked myself a number of times. Church is such a hassle, isn’t it?  First it’s too ragged and sloppy where anyone’s aunt Bertha can sing a wobbly-voiced solo that tests the boundaries of everyone’s brotherly love.  Then […]