Contributor: Allyson Dylan Robinson

Rev. Allyson Dylan Robinson recently served as transitional pastor of Washington, D.C.’s Calvary Baptist Church, a congregation that has served the nation’s capital for over 150 years. She is believed to be the first openly transgender person ever to be ordained by a Baptist church – a distinction that led MSNBC to speculate she might be “the most radical preacher in America.” She is founder and principal of Warrior Poet Strategies, a D.C.-based consulting firm advising clients in organizational design and social and civic entrepreneurship. Previously, she led diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign and was the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. She’s also served as an Army officer, led Baptist congregations on two continents, studied at West Point, Baylor University, Arizona State, and the University of Oxford, and earned degrees in physics and theology. She tweets at @allysonrobinson.

Jesus, The Jerk

Making Sense of the Times Jesus Wasn't Very Christlike

Jesus could be a real jerk sometimes. I’m not referring here to the times he got angry (John 2:13-17), cynical (Matthew 21:18-22), or sarcastic (Mark 12:18-27) with people. I’m talking about the times Jesus was just plain mean to them. Case in point: the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15. You remember the story. After months of popular acclaim in Galilee,... Read more

Addicted to Certainty

It was the third and final night of our church’s annual revival and, despite the guest evangelist’s renowned theatrics, the prospect of disappointment loomed over the event like a dark cloud. The previous two nights had produced only a single convert—the seven-year-old son of one of our deacons, who'd walked the aisle, tears staining his cheeks, after a particularly... Read more