The Bible isn’t unchanging steel. It’s malleable clay.

It occurred to me that we do indeed think of the Bible as something that has been “given” to us by God, when we should think of the Bible as a collection of texts to which we’ve given numerous interpretations throughout history. We think of the Bible as something that has given us a specific narrative about the world, without acknowledging that we are, in fact, the ones who assign and propagate biblical narratives.

Go Ahead. Leave Your Church. (Notes on the myth of one-size-fits-all Christianity)

I’ve recently read two interesting appeals by writers who are in favor of maintaining church membership despite one’s own personal misgivings with his or her church. The first, titled Five Really Bad Reasons to Leave Your Church, was published on Relevant Magazine’s website late last month. Among those five “bad reasons” are the church member’s…

Enough about the Nones. What about the Nowheres?

The phone rang this week and it was my former pastor, an old mentor from my days as an evangelical fundamentalist. We hadn’t talked in quite a while– so long, in fact, that I hadn’t told him of the radical ways in which my spiritual perspectives have changed over the years. I explained that I…