And in addition to the questions…

I have so many thoughts I want to share with my church. Thoughts on human sexuality, the inerrancy of Scripture, the presence of God, gender roles, Buddhist Psychology, etc., but I feel like many people will shut them out, and not want to hear them: and ultimately I will lose the respect and the voice I’ve had as a leader in my church.

We can believe some different things and still be the body of Christ. But that means we have to respect the breadth of differences in perspectives. Everyone understands theology through their own personal and cultural lenses. I’ve heard and respected your views for years. Please respect mine…

…whoever is reading this. I put a lot of hard work into my beliefs.

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Questions

In Christianity, we say it’s ok to have questions and doubts, and that’s normal.

But we don’t give you space within the church to do that. We tell you exactly how things are. It would help if we used vocabulary like “I believe ____ because ___, but I understand that other people believe _____ because ____.”

Try to use language that lets people know they can share their questions around you.

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8.1.14 Dance Party Playlist

Because someone said “you should make this playlist available”, and I want people to have access for it when they fill out my post-dance-party survey.

Lorde Team

Britney Spears (feat. Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha) ‘Til the World Ends (Remix)

Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J) Dark Horse

JAY Z & Kanye West Ni**as in Paris

B.o.B (feat. Lil Wayne) Strange Clouds

AWOLNATION Sail

Twenty One Pilots House of Gold

Passion Pit  Little Secrets

Muse Madness

Twenty One Pilots Holding On To You

Paramore Still Into You

Florence + The Machine Dog Days Are Over

Panic! At the Disco This Is Gospel

Fall Out Boy Sugar, We’re Going Down

Atlas Genius Trojans

Cupid Cupid Shuffle

The Killers Human

The All-American Rejects Move Along

Grouplove Tongue Tied

Charli XCX Boom Clap

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. ScHool Q, Hollis) White Walls

Blink-182 All The Small Things

The Postal Service Such Great Heights

Hellogoodbye (Here) In Your Arms

Twenty One Pilots Car Radio

OneRepublic All The Right Moves

Birds of Tokyo Lanterns

Avicii Wake Me Up

Coldplay A Sky Full of Stars

Gavin DeGraw Best I Ever Had

Pachelbel Canon in D

Chubby Checker The Twist

Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea) Problem

Say Anything Do Better

M83 Midnight City

WALK THE MOON Anna Sun

Elbow One Day Like This

The Village People YMCA

New Politics Harlem

The Naked and Famous Young Blood

Of Monsters and Men Little Talks

The Killers Mr. Brightside

Imagine Dragons Bleeding Out

Linkin Park Waiting for the End

Switchfoot Awakening

Bleachers I Wanna Get Better

Panic! At the Disco Nine In the Afternoon

Jack’s Mannequin Dark Blue

Passion Pit Take A Walk

Young the Giant My Body

Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly) Cruise (Remix)

We Came As Romans Glad You Came

Innerpartysystem Last Night in Brooklyn

Katy Perry E.T.

Keri Hilson Knock You Down

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) Can’t Hold Us

Tegan and Sara Closer

Twenty One Pilots Migraine

fun. Some Nights

Twenty One Pilots Trees

Twenty One Pilots Guns for Hands

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Paper Route

Thanks to me, the lead singer of the band “Paper Route” just tweeted the word “irection”. Yes, it was spelled that way on purpose. You are welcome, world.

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oh YOU OLD PEOPLE

yesterday my grandma said “and now we’re letting homosexuals get married. God isn’t going to overlook that.”

There are roughly 1 million levels of different thinking between myself and my grandma present in that sentence.

WE MADE IT THROUGH THE ERA OF SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE SLAVERY, OK!? THAT IS INFINITELY WORSE. that’s one of them.

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Paid for by the Council of Elrond.

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For Christmas, I made Emma two albums that pretty cover our first year of dating in music. Here there are:

DISC ONE

1. Rend Collective Experiment - You Are My Vision

2. American Authors - Best Day of My Life

3. Imagine Dragons - On Top of the world

4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop

5. Imagine Dragons - It’s Time

6. SafetySuit - Anywhere But Here (Orchestral Version)

7. Twenty One Pilots - Holding On To You

8. The 1975 - Chocolate

9. Passion Pit - Take A Walk

10. The Cinema - The Wolf

11. JAY Z - Holy Grail, feat. Justin Timberlake

12. Twenty One Pilots - Car Radio

13. The Unlikely Candidates - Follow My Feet

14. Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks

15. Gavin DeGraw - Best I Ever Had

16. Passenger - Let Her Go

17. fun. - Some Nights

18. fun. - Stars

19. Twenty One Pilots - Guns for Hands

BONUS: Young the Giant - Cough Syrup

BONUS: Brighten - Where We Belong

DISC TWO

1. Twenty One Pilots - Can’t Help Falling In Love

2. Twenty One Pilots - House of Gold

3. Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie, feat. JAY Z

4. The Cinema - Kill It

5. Bastille - Pompeii

6. Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone

7. The Lumineers - Ho Hey

8. Goo Goo Dolls - Come to Me

9. SafetySuit - Never Stop (wedding version)

10. SafetySuit - Hallelujah

11. Twenty One Pilots - Screen

12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can’t Hold Us

13. Paramore - Still Into You

14. Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Sound

15. Walk the Moon - Anna Sun

16. Twenty One Pilots - Trees

17. Tegan and Sara - Closer

18. One Direction - Story of My Life

19. Of Monsters and Men - King and Lionheart

20. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

21. The Killers - Shot at the Night

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tina is the best.

(via the-sea-of-faith)

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