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#25 / 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 […]

We’re Dead: Guns Mattered More

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  With the defeat of multiple gun control measures this evening, the US Senate has made it clear that they believe that guns matter more than human lives.   The blood that flowed out of Mother Emanuel AME Church doesn’t matter.   The blood that flowed out of Pulse Nightclub doesn’t matter.   The blood […]

Three Months After the Death of Joseph Hutcheson: Words

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  We gather three months to the day after the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department murdered Joseph Hutcheson. We are not far at all from the spot where Joseph pulled his truck up on the curb in desperate need of help. We can see where Joseph walked up that hill in desperate need of help. We […]

On the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

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  “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to their love, the group welcomed a stranger. When the shots rang out, the nine souls of Mother Emanuel AME Church heard the […]

Stand Down America!

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  Last Saturday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were making a routine traffic stop when they were gunned down in a hail of bullets. There are many in this nation who heard about such a situation and believe that the two got what they deserved. After all, brutal police have […]

Would Jesus Call the Police?

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  Last Tuesday night, someone called the police and reported a homeless man with a dog harassing people in Venice Beach. A short time after police arrived, one of the responding officers shot unarmed Brendon Glenn dead. In the understatement of the year, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck described the shooting as “concerning.” […]

Guns Don’t Belong at Church

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  Recently, I read a story that the evangelical megachurch Briarwood Presbyterian in Birmingham, Alabama is petitioning the state for its own police department. For a second, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The thought of a church or any other private institution being able to found and govern a police department is really […]

The Genocide of the Mentally Ill

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  Jason Harrison is dead. Jason Harrison is not dead because he was holding a screwdriver and made a movement toward Dallas police. Jason Harrison is dead because we live in a society that refuses to value and protect the lives of the mentally ill. If Dallas police officers had engaged the situation with the […]

The Taliban in the Self

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  Shots rang out. Blood was everywhere. Bodies hit the floor. Children screamed. The images and descriptions of the scene at a school in Pakistan are more than horrific. Over 130 children are dead over an extremist religious ideology. From terrorist attack to terrorist attack, the Taliban have proven that there is no end to […]

The Borderless God in a Time of Borders

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When I was growing up, we/I believed everyone who disagreed with us/me about God was going to hell.  I continued to cling to and organize my life around the border of saved and unsaved for a long time.  Then I started doing some deeper reading about the limitless love of God and everything began to […]

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