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Do Progressive Christians Own Bibles?

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  Just the other day, I watched a prominent conservative pastor debate a prominent progressive pastor on the issue of human sexuality. For almost thirty minutes, I watched the conservative pastor quote verse after verse to destroy any argument the progressive pastor presented. At one point, the conservative pastor screamed, “Do you even own a […]

Jesus Doesn’t Read the Bible

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  We are instructed to follow Jesus. We are instructed to become more and more like Jesus. In the end, we will be made like Jesus. If Jesus is the ultimate aspiration, how much time do you think he spends reading the Bible? Do you think that Jesus has to read his own story? I […]

The Suicide of Salvation

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  The group sat down close to me. I knew one of them was an evangelical. The cheese gave it away. Needing to get work done, I tried to ignore them. I was successful for a while. Then, I heard a question that has always haunted me. “Do you want to get saved?” Wanting to […]

Lenten Remix 6: I Never Left.

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  “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 […]

The Vagina of Jesus

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“How dare you insinuate Jesus had a vagina!” The woman was livid. In my talk, I stumbled on the most disturbing idea she’d ever been presented with. With church doctrine and dogma over the centuries in mind, the thought of Jesus having a vagina didn’t seem too out there for me. Since the earliest days […]

“I Forgive You” : Words from the Dallas Mother Emanuel AME Church Vigil

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  *Living Faith Covenant Church on 6/19/15   Many years ago, I received a phone call that no one would ever want to receive. My father informed me that my uncle had committed suicide. His next request was unfathomable. I need you to go and tell your grandparents before they find out from someone else. […]

Back to the Future: A Call for Queerness

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  *Delivered at Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado on June 7, 2015   There was a time when all was well. We call it “Eden.” Do you remember? We have spent all of human existence yearning to go back there…back to the future. There are times when we know we are […]

The Indictment of Jesus in the Flames of Ferguson

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I have not looked at all the evidence. I only know that an armed police officer named Darren Wilson shot an unarmed man named Michael Brown over and over and over again. I don’t need more evidence. I don’t need more explanation. I don’t need more analysis. I am angry. For a while after the […]

Remembering Queerly: Words from Conversations on Theology and Activism at Galileo Church

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  There are moments we never forget.  These moments meet and transform us.  I am the product of such a moment.   I was a young man with much assumed knowledge and even more conviction about who and what God was.  I believed that the Bible spoke clearly and our task was to respond clearly.  […]

Across the Borders and Into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Bishop Yvette Flunder and Us

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Resurrection is not possible without death.  Rev. Charles Moore knew about resurrection and his fullest revelation of death came about quite violently.  The flickering flame at the front of his funeral reminded us of the immolation and alluded to the endless possibilities of resurrection.  The world is on fire and Moore wanted us to follow […]

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