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CSA’s free weekly publication, a carefully curated collection of original articles at the intersection of spiritual formation and social action.

An Interview with John McNall on the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism

We spoke with Dr. Josh McNall—associate professor of pastoral theology, ambassador of church relations, and director of the honors program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University—about his latest book, Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism, published by InterVarsity Press. 

A Testimony that Hurts and Heals: A Review of “Pray Away”

By Tim Otto

In these divided times, as many of us double down in our ideological camps, the new movie Pray Away (Netflix) offers a refreshing alternative by portraying people who not only realize they’ve been terribly wrong but who are also willing to admit it publicly.

Living a Theology of Contrast Instead of Opposition

By Bridget Eileen Rivera

I’ve been thinking a lot about “positions” lately and what it even means to hold a position.

When people ask about my “position” on “homosexuality,” it’s rarely in the interest of broadening their own perspective, understanding my own, or (God forbid) adjusting their beliefs.

Oriented to Love: A Playlist

Compiled by Kristyn Komarnicki and OTL alumni

Like loving dialogue, like the Holy Spirit, music has the ability to connect people across deep differences. While the music we cherish is deeply personal, and we don’t all enjoy the same kinds, it can still provide a window for us to access and start to understand each other’s deepest loves and longings.Below are listed a handful songs that I associate strongly with the OTL experience.

I Prefer Belonging

By John Betten

In the debate about queer sexuality in the church, queer people often feel as if our existence is denied when others talk as if there are no real gay Christians, or when homosexuality is dismissed as something like a mental illness or sinful mistake.

Love the Sinner

By Kristyn Komarnicki
Today marks three years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history, killing 49. While many rallied with support in the aftermath, far too many

I Don’t Belong

By Gregory Coles
A celibate gay Christian speaks of the pain that lies on both sides of the church’s closet door

Costly Embrace

By Nate Collins

“Everything has a price, son. Just because you don’t have to pay for something yourself doesn’t mean that it’s free.” I’ve had numerous conversations like this with my kids, and they remind me that things that are truly valuable are usually obtained only at high cost.