Posts from the Larger Community


  • Tales of the Turing Church: Reactions and Reviews


  • Bisexual Fluidity

    Dear Bisexuals,Some of you have expressed your concerns to me about possibly being “gay” and not “bi.” The idea of bisexuality being a stop on the way to “gay-town” has been a common way for monosexuals to delegitimize the experiences of bisexuals...


  • Are Christians Safe From Alien Abductions?

    Some folks suppose that the UFO phenomenon is demonic* in nature, especially in light of so-called alien abductions. As a result of this belief, some have wondered how a Christian can be have an “alien abduction” at all if these experiences are th...


  • Re-Thinking Worship: Seeing Liturgy as Technology

    Can the technical and the religious intersect? In this blog I want to explore what happens when we look at liturgy (the order of Christian rituals) as technology. What kind of new insights can this perspective provide? A Personal Struggle For a fe...


  • God’s Reckless [Emergent] Love

    As a first installment to the Emergent Christian Lexicon blog series, I was guided to take inspiration from one of my favorite worship songs, Reckless Love, and take a look at some of the lyrics which I feel can be understood from varying points o...


  • Feast of the Epiphany: What Will You Manifest?

    If you found yourself over-extended in a holiday rush this year (as I did), skipping right over the usual New Years’ ‘resolutions,’ consider this your invitation to a sacred pause. Dreams, signs in the heavens, intuitive gifts and obedience ...


  • The Emergent Christian Lexicon

    Over the last couple of years, I have grown to appreciate and even adore Christian Worship music. It was not a genre of music I have ever liked, even when my comfort level of Christianity began to increase. I experienced the language of mainstream...


  • Tales of the Turing Church: First reactions


  • A New Year and the Epiphany

    Love and Blessings! So we have entered a new solar year. And I pray it was a journey that was abundant and prosperous for all those who read this. I can say that the year 2018 brought with it some amazing blessings, necessary challenges, and life ...


  • Superhuman: The Superman and Superhumanity

    *Below is a copy of my final research paper for 19th Century European Philosophy. Citations are from the 1961 R.H. Hollingdale translation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche describes the Superman, or Overman,...


  • Patheos – James McGrath’s ReligionProf Podcast with Christopher Benek

    Butler University Religion Professor James McGrath interviews The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek for an extended Christmas Special version of his ReligionProf Podcast on Patheos. Hear... The post Patheos – James McGrath’s ReligionProf Podcast with Chr...


  • The Grace of the Present Moment: Talking to Alexander John Shaia

    I hope you’ve been having a restful and reflective season. And, I realize that, for many of us, this has been a difficult season – whether simply feeling the weight of national and global tensions and tragedies, or the pain often borne uniqu...


  • Meditation on the Rebirth of Christ

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  • Three Poems

    The Mormon Feminist community has been writing poetry and blessings for our dear Gina Colvin as she faces possible excommunication. Below are three poems I wrote for her. Though these poems were written for Gina, these are also for every Mormon wo...


  • Personal God, Loving Evolution: My Conversation with Ilia Delio

    As part of our prelude to the Cosmic Campfire Gathering this February 1-2 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (co-hosted with Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity and ‘Science’ Mike McHargue of The Liturgists), I got to sit down with one of my...


  • Merry Christmas and happy 2019!


  • My Crime

    He called me to his office. His brow was heavy with concern as he placed clasped hands on an oversized oak desk. Question after question, he searched for what went wrong. How could such a faithful sister from ward council become so misguided? I co...


  • My book ‘Tales of the Turing Church’ is published


  • Love Lingers: A Transhumanist Love Poem

    There’s a love deep within my chestI wanted nothing more than to express,but the moment passed.Like castles in the sand,the fantasy washed away with the tide. Yet, love lingers just out of reach—haunting me.You cannot claim naïve innocenceto your ...


  • AI for Scholarship: How Machine Learning can Transform the Humanities

     In a previous blog, I explored how AI will speed up scientific research. In this blog, I will examine the overlooked  potential that AI has to transform the Humanities. This connection may not be clear at first since most of these fields do not i...