Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

Sunday morning, I woke up — as many of us did — to the news that 50 people had been killed, and 53 more people injured, in Orlando, Florida. It’s the most casualties in any mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter is believed to have ties to Islamic extremism. The victims were at a Pulse, a gay nightclub. A religious … More Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

What’s Next? More Than Just Being a Liberal Christian

Shortly after college, I discovered Christian author Rachel Held Evans, and she quickly became one of my favorite writers. Author of the best-selling 2012 book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, she was Christian, feminist, a product of Evangelical culture, she was everything I was raised in, and everything I aspired to be. Rachel Held Evans was a strong, intelligent, and … More What’s Next? More Than Just Being a Liberal Christian

Nadia Bolz-Weber: Controversial Christian Worth Reading

Shock value. Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber doesn’t shy away from it. Not one bit. She’s a female pastor — and one whose body is covered in tattoos. She swears like a sailor. She used to be an alcoholic. Now she’s a Lutheran pastor of a LGBTQ-affirming Denver church known as House for All Sinners and Saints. … More Nadia Bolz-Weber: Controversial Christian Worth Reading

Faith and Academics: N.T. Wright’s ‘The Challenge of Jesus’

In college, I minored in Christian Scriptures. For someone as career-minded as College Me, it was kind of a silly move. I was majoring in Journalism and wanted to write (and tell people’s stories) for a living. A Scriptures minor simply had no practical career application. But I knew college was likely my one chance to study the Bible academically … and I … More Faith and Academics: N.T. Wright’s ‘The Challenge of Jesus’

Christian Pop Culture: Be on the Lookout for Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

I don’t like Christian pop culture. Christian t-shirts, Christian keychains, Christian bookstores, Christian pop music, Christian fiction novels… all of it. And I apologize to the millions of wonderful, dedicated and passionately God-fearing Christians who this statement probably offends quite deeply. I’m glad your faith is strong. I’m glad it permeates into all aspects of … More Christian Pop Culture: Be on the Lookout for Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Love Everyone Like Jesus Did, But Please Don’t Forget THIS

If you talk to most people today about religion, they’ll say something like: I don’t like the church (or organized religion), but I really like Jesus. The church is full of a bunch of judgmental hypocrites. But Jesus loved everybody, and he loved them unconditionally. With all the Josh Duggars and Sam from ‘Sam and Nia’s in the world, … More Love Everyone Like Jesus Did, But Please Don’t Forget THIS