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God is Afraid

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  Humanity mixed with divinity is a lethal combination. Explanations are fleeting. Jesus is the full incarnation of God. Jesus is God. On the way to the cross, there is no doubt that Jesus is terrified of what’s next. From the anxious blood to the pleas for help to the shouts of abandonment, God was […]

Politicians Poison Prophesy: Damnable Awards

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  Pandemonium filled the church. The television cameras rolled. I beamed as one of the top elected officials in our county walked up to receive an award. Everyone listened intently as I described the official’s accomplishments. Then, the moment we’d all been waiting for arrived. I extended the award and gave the official a hug. […]

I Don’t Believe You: On Following Jesus

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  Jesus promised loyalty. Jesus promised care. Jesus promised miracles. Jesus promised salvation. What happened? Jesus left. Jesus doesn’t care. Jesus is powerless. Jesus has damned us. What in the hell happened? I believe in you. I don’t believe in you. In the chaos of belief, I follow Jesus.   Amen.

God: Adventures in Living and Dying

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  Music boomed. Lights flashed. Hands raised. By the time the minister came on stage, the crowd was ready. “Isn’t it wonderful that God died once and for all for all of our sins?” The statement was meant to reassure the assumed safe/saved in the room. Evangelical theology misses the point. The pastor and many […]

Deadly Bullies: Sparky & the Thompsons

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  Years ago, I was a youth minister in a small town church. As churches go, people took ownership of certain things. There was the music lady who protected the hymnals as if her life depended on it. There was the Bible teacher who refused to allow anyone else to teach. There was the usher […]

Thrift Store Theology

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  In the past couple of years, I’ve learned just how ferocious I can be. If you get nasty with my children, you can expect to get nasty back. Earlier today we were in a thrift store, when a woman declared, “Your little girl has such pretty hair.” Immediately, my child said, “I’m just me.” […]

Secularity, Salvation and the Heresy of Religion

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  Earlier tonight, I was working in the backyard. From the fence, I heard my neighbor calling for me. On the short walk over, I wondered if our kids had done something. With five children, everything is in the realm of possibility. Before I could get to him, my neighbor declared, “my wife died three […]

The United States Flag at the Front of YOUR Church is Blasphemous

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  *Originally Published May 2014     A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing “God Bless America.”  The veterans in our midst were honored as we sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” proceeded the […]

Memories of God: Murder and Something Greater

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  The images of God were colorful and inviting. The problem was they looked more like a fairy tale than a description of the creator of the universe. I begged God to give me faith. God didn’t. Every night, I prayed for something. I found silence. There was nothing there. Finally, I realized I was […]

Progressive Christians & Darth Vader: On Freedom

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  Earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill that prevents religious sermons from being subpoenaed and also prohibits religious leaders from being forced to testify about their religious sermons. The impetus for the law originates from conservative churches that ferociously opposed equality/anti-discrimination ordinances/actions and were pushed to hand over and testify about their […]

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