A Reflection on Grief and Deconstructing Christianity

There’s a notable theme when I hear stories from folks who find themselves on the outside of community looking in. (This was originally posted in the newsletter and reposted on the blog for public readership.) It wasn’t that long ago when I came to the...
Deconstruction Cohort Opportunities

Deconstruction Cohort Opportunities

Starting in February, and running every month so long as there’s interest, I’m happy to announce I’ll be running a deconstruction/decolonizing Christianity cohort. The March cohort is now open with two time slots including a morning (for me) to...
On Israel and Palestine

On Israel and Palestine

** I’ve decided to post this newsletter entry publicly. Audio version is now on my podcast as a bonus episode. Also, this is a good article to situate yourself from a more ‘inside the house’ perspective by Rabbi Dayna Rattenberg. ** As I pen this...
It’s not hard to say goodbye

It’s not hard to say goodbye

In my book When We Belong, I told the story of how my second church plant Cypher Church started. It was on the heels of closing my first church plant called (at the time) Converge. I saw the proverbial writing on the wall when only 5 people showed up to a Sunday...

On Toxic Masculinity, Ted Lasso, and QueerEye

*The following paragraph contains minor spoilers for the series finale of Ted Lasso. The season finale (series?) of Ted Lasso included the redemption arc of Nate, and the semi-redemption of Roy. Both are re-introduced to Ted Lasso’s “Diamond...
The Way of Jesus is Subversion

The Way of Jesus is Subversion

You’ve heard it said…when Jesus was riding into the city on the colt (remembered on Palm Sunday) he not only fulfilled a prophecy from Zechariah, but it was a subversive act that folks seeking liberation would have not expected. Jesus opted for a colt over...
40 Going on 50

40 Going on 50

Birthday month over here. My 4th COVID birthday and a bit of a milestone. Celebrate with me by finding one of my books if you haven’t already. You can visit my shop or ask your local book retailer to get one. Four decades as taught me a few things (not many),...
Why Do Some Christians Hate the World?

Why Do Some Christians Hate the World?

When you hear folks that hate Christianity, is that because they hate the teachings of Jesus? Or because they hate the way the church (the people that is) are self-serving antagonists? A curious feature in religious conservatism is the need for control. Controlling...
My Top Books of 2022

My Top Books of 2022

Here is my annual list of the top books I read in 2022. Most of them came out in 2022 except for one. In no particular order: My book, “When We Belong. Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins.” by me. Thank you to everyone who bought a copy, left a review,...
Helpful Tips to Publish and Write Your Book

Helpful Tips to Publish and Write Your Book

Posted in 2019 and reposted. Writers will tell you they just have to write. That’s why we do it. My mind, body, and soul compel me to write. It’s not only a cathartic release and a form of therapy, but it’s a craft I’ve committed to. Some days...
When churches try to be too cool

When churches try to be too cool

One day, I was walking in a cool and artsy inner-city neighborhood and was handed a little flyer card not once, not twice, but thrice, in a span of a block by dudes from a church promoting their monthly ‘parachute into the neighborhood’ service. I knew who...

What the ‘Billy Graham Rule’ Says About Leaders

Originally posted in April 2017 and reposted. The Billy Graham rule is sexist. Full stop. And reveals deeply seated problems in evangelical formation surrounding patriarchy and the devaluing of women. The United States Vice-President Mike Pence, is in the middle of a...

More On the Model Minority Myth

As we wind down Asian Heritage Month (AAPI History Month in the USA), I am republishing a short thread on the model minority myth that I recently posted on Twitter. I have written on this subject before, noting the “terms and conditions” Asian folks need...