Lenten Remix 34: The Nocturnal Emissions of Jesus


  We have to stop denying the humanity of Jesus by neglecting the fullness of his humanity! Jesus was human. Jesus had nocturnal emissions. While I don’t want to spend much time speculating on the contents of any divine dreams, I think affirmation of the fullness of Jesus’ humanity is what helps us affirm the […]

Lenten Remix 33: Jesus Didn’t Have to Die


  Before Jesus died, Jesus was the way. If Jesus hadn’t died, Jesus would still be the way. In the midst of his anguish, Jesus chose to die to show us the way. Could Jesus have shown us the way in another way? I think so. No matter what he chose to do, Jesus was […]

Lenten Remix 32: Politics is Not Our Faith


  Politics is not our faith. Hillary Clinton is not God. Donald Trump is not God. Ted Cruz is not God. Bernie Sanders is not God. Only God is God. Vote for God.   Amen.

Lenten Remix 31: Hell Exists and It’s Here


*I created the above hand depiction of the thoughts of this article.   I refused to engage. The finer points of theology have never been all that interesting to me. Then, an argument about hell bubbled up. The liberals argued that hell didn’t exist. The conservatives declared that hell was central to our faith. I’d […]

Lenten Remix 30: The Idolatry of Consequences & Donald Trump


  Earlier today in St. Louis, dozens of protestors interrupted Donald Trump and shut down his campaign event for over ten minutes. Tonight, the scene was so chaotic in Chicago that Trump canceled his rally. Watching the chaos unfold, I didn’t have to think about where Jesus would be. The hate that has regularly flowed […]

Chicken S*it Pastors


  There is no greater love than laying down your life for your friends. Jesus didn’t mince words in John 15:13. Over the past few days, I’ve thought about what such words of sacrifice mean in a contemporary context. Then, I made the mistake of thinking about most of the pastors I know. I can […]

Lenten Remix 29: Beyond Nations


  “The only way to follow Jesus is to go to all nations. Once there, we will realize that we have arrived at a place beyond all nations.”   References to nations exist throughout scripture. In perhaps the most famous verse of all, Jesus told his followers to go and make disciples of “all nations” […]

Lenten Remix 28: Seek God


  “Seek God.”   In Matthew 6:33, we are told, “But seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Instead of worrying about what is going to be given to us, I think it’s best for us to, “Seek God.”   Amen.

Lenten Remix 27: Politicians Killed Jesus

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  “Would politicians kill Jesus again?”   While I’m sure the world was different then, the leaders who killed Jesus functioned like politicians. Down through the centuries, people have blamed the death of Jesus on religion. I don’t think like that. The death of Jesus was about power. The politicians who killed Jesus manipulated the […]

Lenten Remix 26: The Flood


  “God didn’t destroy the world in a flood.”   When I was a child, I struggled to believe that God destroyed the world in a flood. I just didn’t find it plausible. The God that I knew and loved would never do such a thing. Now that I have left childish struggles behind and […]