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#45 / 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 […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil

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ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]

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 […]

The Danger of Debating with Jesus: Hobby Lobby and the Incarnated Christ at LaGuardia

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“If you want to be a slut then be a slut on your own dime not mine.”  These were the second to last concluding words of a conversation I just had with an older Christian woman at LaGuardia Airport in New York.  Just to be clear, I don’t just walk around talking to random people […]

My Struggle with Stonewall

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  There are few names of places whose mere utterance evokes description of social movement.  Stonewall is one such name.  On the 28th of June 1969, police raided the gay bar at the Stonewall Inn and bar patrons fought back.  Many historians and social observers argue that this was the singular moment that launched the […]

Prayers for a Child of God

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      Fred Phelps Sr. founded the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.  The only mantra of Phelps or the church appears to be “God Hates Fags.”  This afternoon word came out that Phelps is dying at Midland Care Hospice in Topeka.  Our church is unanimously made up of people that Phelps would […]

A Love Letter to Mark Driscoll

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  *Mark Driscoll is the Founding Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington.   Mark,   I was 12.  I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.   I prayed and prayed.  I walked down the aisle multiple times.  I felt no assurance that I was truly a follower of Jesus and I couldn’t figure out why.   […]

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