Category: Theology

  • The Superior Losers

    I was privileged to preach this sermon on January 22, 2017, at Waverly Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our scripture comes from I Corinthians 1:9-18. God is faithful; by whom you were called into the fellowship of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of…

  • Hymns & Verses Corrected; Homophobia Restored

    Those liberals are always saying there are only six or seven anti-gay verses in the Bible, but they’re wrong. I was digging through the Fundamentalist’s Hymnbook the other day and discovered that some of our modern liberal Bible translations seem to have erased words and phrases from some of the more popular Bible verses and hymns.…

  • Reflections from the Gay Christian Network Conference

    Last weekend, I was privileged to attend the Gay Christian Network Conference. It was a very moving experience. Here are some of my takeaways. Worship Worship at GCN was… unexpected. I used to attend services with GCN-like worship, with the band on the stage and the lights and the projected song lyrics written in this century. I…

  • The Peaceable Kingdom is Still Coming

    I had the privilege of preaching this sermon on December 4, 2016, at Waverly Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our scripture reading comes from Isaiah 11:1-10 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the…

  • Matthew Vines Might Win the Evangelical Gay Debate After All

    A while ago, I wrote a post arguing why Matthew Vines can’t win the evangelical gay marriage debate. Today, I’m here to admit that maybe I was wrong. Why? Because of Lee Strobel. I’ll explain. Lee Strobel was a reporter. He was an atheist because atheism made sense. He met Christians. He started digging. Eventually,…

  • The Eternal Homes: A Short Story

    I have not done the work required to justify this story, and I have no way of knowing for sure what heaven is like, but the Bible verse at the end makes me think there might be some truth in it. A rich man died. After a long walk through the valley of the shadow…

  • What Shall the Righteous Do?

    This morning* I had Hebrew homework to do, but someone shared a link in one of my Facebook groups to a story on PinkNews.co.uk called “Christian groups are handing out these creepy ‘gay cure’ comics to children.” I read the story. The American Family Association was giving away Bibles with comics in them. “Creepy” is…

  • The Dictionary of Evangelical

    Dear friends, A while back I shared some of my favorite passages from The Book of Evangelical. Well, funny story: I was at a yard sale last weekend and happened upon a rare copy of The Dictionary of Evangelical. Naturally, I snatched it up. I had to share. -David

  • Are We Called to be “On Fire”?

    A few years back somebody described me as being “on fire for God.”  I was surprised. Me, “on fire for God?” But I was just me! Apparently I was, though. It showed. I read a book by Eric Ludy once in which he wrote about talking to an older Christian about his fiery passion and…

  • Is Socialism Unbiblical?

    This morning, one of my wife’s friends sent her a link to a blog post condescendingly titled “Dear Liberal ‘Christians’: No, it’s Not ‘Christian’ for the Government To Redistribute My Money“. I call the title condescending because the word “Christian” is in scare quotes. Like a frightening number of other blog posts from all across American Christianity…