Lenten Remix 8: The Dying God.


  “God comes to die with us.”   In the original version of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” When I engage the Gospels, I read something different. Jesus comes to be with us so that he might die with us. I think such knowledge makes this verse […]

Lenten Remix 7: NO Beginning


  “There was not a beginning…”   In Genesis 1:1, we are told that there was a beginning. If we are made in the image of God and God is eternal, then our image was always there somewhere. I think the message of scripture points to a lack of a beginning far more than it […]

Lenten Remix 6: I Never Left.


  “Surely I never left.”   Right at the end of the Bible, Revelation 22:20 is an apocalyptic text. Jesus describes the speed of his return. Verses like this have consistently been used by Christians to channel all of their focus on the impending return of Jesus. I think we need to focus on the […]

Lenten Remix 5: Love in Rome


  “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in LOVE.”   I’ve read Romans 8:1 thousands of times. Over and over, the name “Christ Jesus” cut into my flesh like a sword. I think it was because the verse was always used to condemn. If God is love and Jesus is the incarnation […]

Lenten Remix 4: The Greatest of These


  “In the end, justice, equality and love remain but the greatest of these is love.”   The familiar words of 1 Corinthians 13 have grown far too familiar. The words/concepts of faith and hope are used so often that I would argue that the words mean very little in the modern context. In an […]

Lenten Remix 3: Jesus on Truth


  “For we will know the truth and the truth will set us free…”   In John 8:32, Jesus reveals that truth can’t be hidden or bound. The effect of truth is freedom. In this Lenten remix, I take Jesus’ original use of singular pronouns and replace them with singular pronoun. Throughout our world, we […]

Lenten Remix 2: The Simple Great Commission

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  Jesus shouted out, “I got everything you need. Teach love. Do something to seal the deal. Teach them to act like I do. I’ll be with you forever.”   For such a simple message, the Great Commission/Matt. 28:18-20 is so long. In the midst of the raising from the dead and all, I think […]

Lenten Remix 1: The Fluid John 3:16


*This is 1 of 40 remixes and reflections of texts for Lent. “For God so loved the world that they gave their only them that whosoever believes in them shall not perish in the binaries but have fluidity everlasting.”   For many years, I struggled with using plural pronouns as singular pronouns. Though I had […]

Beauty: The Sunset Revelation


  Sunsets are no respecters of our categories. The sun just sets and blazes her colors across the sky. Throughout my time in Zimbabwe, I’ve found beauty or perhaps beauty has found me. This evening is no different. As the sun slips past the clouds, I’m amazed at the people who stop. In the midst […]

Zimbabwe Sleeping


The darkness brought fear Peril filled my dreams Would they come for us? Who can say? The dogs barked My eyes shot open Murmurs from my hosts Was it our time? Who can say? We were followed Are they here? Who can say? The happenings cycle What was that noise? What do they sound like? […]