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#17 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#10 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#1 / Lent in Jonestown: Theological Explorations of Death

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  God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit […]

Death Cometh: Deconstructing Faith

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  “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.” Ash Wednesday is a time for remembering our own mortality. Perhaps, that is all we have to cling to. We know death cometh. Is there anything after? There is no way to know for sure. The only thing we know is death. When you look survey your surroundings, […]

Jesus Died

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  Yesterday, my son and I were coming home from his preschool. In the midst of our ride, I got a message. Someone I’d known for a long time had passed away. After processing the news, I expressed my sadness. In the midst of my grief, my son spoke up and said, “Dad, don’t you […]

Born to Be Murdered? : A Word from Bethlehem

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  The Christmas season always makes me ponder a pivotal question. Did God send Jesus to die? I’m not talking about a death of natural causes. I’m talking about a brutal painful death. I’m talking about a bloody murder. Did God know about the suffering that was to come? If God knows everything, as traditional […]

Bart Ate God

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  “Where was God?” I knew the question was coming. I could feel it. My son is a smart kid. I knew he wouldn’t let the death of an older former babysitter go without discussion. I welcome these questions. I don’t hide from them. I engage them directly. So, I replied, “Bart ate God.” Immediately, […]

Lenten Remix 40: Living

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  The resurrection is about living beyond death. Live like you believe it.   Amen.

God Damn these Hate Crimes and the Institutions that Fail to Act to Prevent Them

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Just a few months ago, trans woman of color Shade Schuler was murdered in this community. Shade’s body was in a field over in the Medical District so long that it was difficult for the police to identify her when someone cutting grass found her. We forgot about Shade. When I heard about the horror […]

When the Truth Became a Lie

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  Truth was until it was not. The mutation of truth was the greatest deception of all. The truth we all thought we were following became the exact opposite. The advocates of truth became protectors of the lie. When people started to realize what happened, it was too late. The lie made us nothing more […]

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