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On Hope: Conversations with a Disciple

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  *Christian Parks is accompanying me again this summer. Throughout our time together, we will post brief snippets of our conversations.   J: How do you move forward?   C: I pass through lament and anger. I look injustice and hatred in the eye and declare there is another way. I look into myself and […]

On Conflict: Conversations with a Disciple

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  *Christian Parks is accompanying me again this summer. Throughout our time together, we will post brief snippets of our conversations.   C: How should Christians engage conflict?   J: Brother Christian, we are called to create moral conflict. We are called to trouble the waters. We are called to cause a disturbance. I’m not […]

The Intern Monologues: Last Things with a Spiritual Son

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  *This is the last intentional conversation of Christian Parks’ summer internship.   J: Christian, you have become a spiritual son to me this summer. In the words of Ruth, “Do not ask me to leave you…” I am so very thankful for our three months together. A deep abiding love has bubbled up. What […]

Borderless: A Conversation on the Return Home from a Queer Immersion

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  *This is a conversation that took place on July 30, 2015 between Kristin Kelly, Christian Parks and I on our return home from an immersion experience on the US/Mexico border focused on queer theology.   K: How has your perspective of God changed?   J: Sitting on the hill overlooking the border, I saw […]

The Juxtaposition of Our Borders: A Queer Conversation on the Way to Immersion

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  *This is a conversation that took place on July 27, 2015 between Kristin Kelly, Christian Parks and I on our journey to an immersion experience on the US/Mexico border focused on queer theology.   J: Who is God at the juxtaposition of our borders?   K: God is borderless. God is the immigrant coming […]

The Intern Monologues: Death

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  C: What is death?   J: Death is a lie. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate definition of death. Like a lingering sickness, death afflicts us until we succumb to it and realize that ultimately the full manifestation of the sickness is the healing. Our healing is found in our resurrection. However, there […]

The Intern Monologues: Eden

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  J: Do you remember a place called Eden?   C: Growing up in a context where the Bible was considered infallible, inspired, and fully authoritative, I remember beginning every Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the story found in Genesis. Where did you first come in contact with Eden?   J: I don’t feel like […]

The Intern Monologues: Communion

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  J: What do you think happens during communion?   C: Communion is the place where we fully encounter the other. We are reminded the way of Jesus is broken and shared among us all. What do you think?   J: I believe the elements become God as we ingest them together. We are all […]

The Intern Monologues: Baptism

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  *This is the sixth installment of theological conversation between my intern Christian Parks and I.   C: Early in this journey I had the opportunity to witness you baptize your youngest twins, Madeleine and Lucas. As a Baptist preacher, why infant baptism?   J: I believe that nothing can separate us from the love […]

The Intern Monologues: The Church

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    *This is the fifth intentional conversation between my summer intern Christian Parks and I.   J: Why is the construct of the church relevant?   C: The church is relevant because it is the most diverse construct we have in our world. The gospel of Jesus is a unifying message…no matter language, tradition […]

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