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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 […]

Lenten Remix 38: Dying

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  Jesus died. Why are we so afraid of the dying?   Amen.

Killing Jesus and Saving the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

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I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #504 Robert Gaza / September 19, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Robert Gaza- “It’s not easy, this is a release.” Sometimes the most freeing things are the most difficult to endure. In the hardest of moments, Robert Gaza pointed to the the release that was upon him. I believe Gaza […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #502 Vaughn Ross / July 18, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Vaughn Ross- “I don’t fear death.” We are a people paralyzingly afraid of death. We are diseased with an inability to see life in death. For Vaughn Ross, life was far scarier than death. Ross was ready […]

The Lethal Nature of Moderate Theology

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  Week after week, pastors and staffs of churches deliberate about what message they intend to purvey to their community with their church sign. The sign is intended to share with the community the most important thoughts of the congregation for the week. While visiting my home state of Georgia this week, I drove past […]

Beyond Borders: An Unexpected Trip to Mexico with a Dying Man

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  I didn’t expect to be on a flight to Mexico.  I thought I would spend most of today completing multiple unfinished writing projects that I have long neglected.  Things changed when I met Ramon.  Carrollton, Texas is not the type of place one would expect miracles to happen.  When I pulled up to the […]

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