"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

Jason Blair

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I was born in the early 70s, came of age in the 80s, learned some vocational stuff and started working in the 90s, and began learning new stuff in the late 00s. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, where I was baptized and confirmed. After that, I gave God hardly a second thought. In the later half of college, God chased me down and reconciled me to himself through his son, Jesus. I was evangelized by a fundamentalist, and discipled in the Evangelical Free church, where I serve to this day. During that time, I got baptized again (which if you asked me about it today, I would say was unnecessary). I was taught the typical "ask Jesus into your heart" evangelicalism, with all the culture war, moralist, pre-mil-dispy accessories. I became a fan of CCM (which in the 90s was pretty cool, but today is a steaming pile of ...), and was fortunately introduced to the Cornerstone Festival, which may lie at the beginning of my understanding that there's a whole lot more to Christianity than the evangelical wasteland. I'm a network administrator (computer geek) by trade. That makes me a Slashdot reader from way back. It was there that I noticed a tag line at the end of someone's post (probably PWinn or Kurt, but I honestly don't know) that lead me to this site called the BHT. After getting used to the layout and the stream of converstaion, I was hooked. It also confirmed my suspicions that not all was well in the evangelical world. It was about this time that I was getting into the emerging church conversation, and serving the one thing our church did along those lines. Tapping into the iMonk site, and getting into Robert Webber has since broadened my Christian experience to the point that I accept that my theological home lies somewhere between an evangelicalism that hasn't gone off the rails and the Anglicans. In other words, I'm a theological mutt, and I have no one spiritual home, save that of Christ himself. Other than that, I'm a seminary student (Baptist, if you must know: Bethel Seminary in Saint Paul, MN) aspiring to pastoral service, a musician (guitar and sax, mostly rock/blues, but I'll try almost anything once), a martial artist (taekwondo plus a few other goodies). More importantly, I'm a husband to the coolest chick on the planet who I don't deserve, and the dad to two amazing little girls we adopted in the late fall of 2009. Most importantly, I belong to Jesus Christ, and I want nothing for this life but to love him, and in him to love others.

Christianity in America is/was/will-ever-be changing. We’re in the middle of it, and can’t see the endgame. We’ll still try to look ahead at where things are going, though. I’m sure I’m wrong, but what I see: Mainlines won’t necessarily die off, but they’ll continue to free-fall. Those left will either end up in progressive social […]

I agree that some of the “aha” moments seem kind of weak. I even found myself reasoning through some potential explanations that didn’t fall back on some kind of inerrancy argument. Still, the series is good if for no other reason than to show others that one doesn’t need to hold to some kind of […]

When You Read the Bible and…

Have any of you been reading Peter Enns’ “aha” moments series? He’s posting the personal stories of moments of discovery from scholars and pastors who confronted those moments when they realized something in the Bible didn’t add up the way they were taught. Some might look at it as a poke in the eye of […]

It’s not just you. The world is bat-s**t crazy.


Hashtag activism is great when you’re the first few to do it. After that, it’s just more noise among the signal. It’s the MLM of online communication. #curmudgeon

Some of you may have seen this little bit where Formerly Fundie takes on JM on how one should respond to an adult child coming out to their Christian parents. Neither JM’s perspective nor FF’s are unexpected here, but it screams out for someone to make a parody of the soup nazi called “NO GRACE […]

There’s quite the tempest in a teapot over the recent happenings at TGC. It ain’t pretty, and even as one who stands outside the neo-Calvinist tribe, it makes me sad. Jesus died so we could learn to love one another … with anathemas and pedantry.

I could deal with that, too. Still, I think I’d rather not have a “big name” human to look up to. I’d much rather hear from a few thousand little voices who point to the big Name. If we had that, we wouldn’t need the new shiny to distract us.

A most happy and blessed Easter to you all.

I’m glad y’all are talking about the whole World Vision thing. I haven’t posted this anywhere else yet, and was considering putting it out on FB/G+. I’m unsettled, though. It’ll provoke a reaction, but will it make anyone think? That’s a lot to ask from today’s social media. I’ll sit on it for a while […]