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is a pastor, writer and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He recently released his first book A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community.

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6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name

If modern culture were a prize fight, organized Christianity wouldn’t quite be knocked out yet,…

Remember, the Bible Never Mentions a Building Called ‘Church’

Recently, I wrote this piece, encouraging people who love God but who for any number…

No, Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason

We’ve all received that phrase “everything happens for a reason” personally gift-wrapped by well-meaning friends, caring loved…

Have We Made the Bible Into an Idol?

The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it. You’ve heard that phrase…

I’m a Christian Who Says Happy Holidays

American evangelicals’ annual campaign against the supposed “War on Christmas” began early this year, with…

5 Truths About White Privilege

The first time I heard the term “white privilege,” I did what many white people…

Confessions of a Recovering Christian Know-It-All

Hi, I’m a Christian—and I don’t know anything. Well, I know a whole heck of…

The Deeper Problem With Brock Turner’s Father Calling for Leniency in His Son’s Rape Case

You’ve surely heard by now about the unconscionable case of Brock Turner, the student at…

How to Debate on Social Media and Not Lose Your Soul

As with many people, I live a good portion of my waking moments on social…

No, ‘Moral Decay’ Isn’t Happening More in America

You don’t need to look far to see that we’re in the middle of a…

The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity

Idolatry is a horrible, dangerous thing. Sadly, far too many of us are guilty of…

The Harm of Claiming There Is a ‘War on Christmas’

The yearly Christian obsession with the supposed “war on Christmas” began early last year, with…

Christians Shouldn’t Try to Scare the Hell Out of People

Now this was a nightmare. I was a year or so into my career as a student…

What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Faith

“I just don’t know if I believe anymore … and I don’t know what to…

6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name

If modern culture were a prize fight, organized Christianity wouldn’t quite be knocked out yet,…

How Christians Can Guard Against Online Infidelity

The hacking of Ashley Madison and the subsequent release of the personal information of many of…

The Destructive Lie of ‘God’s Favor’

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain…

Why Do We Ignore Parts of the Bible?

Many years ago, as part of my freshman orientation during the first week of college…

How to Talk About Your Religious Beliefs (Without Being a Jerk)

According to various strangers on the Internet, I’m going to Hell. I get told so…

Why Your Critics Shouldn’t Define You

Though we might not verbalize it quite this way, most of us split the world up into…

Don’t Use Prayer as a Middle Finger

Let’s say that I’m looking to get away with murder. (Sure, it’s a strong metaphor,…

Is Your Church Program Just a Diversion?

Sometimes, really good stuff can have some really dangerous consequences. As a pastor, one of…

What the Continued Crucifying Of Rob Bell Says About Modern Christianity

Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared on JohnPavlovitz.com and first ran here…