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Jesus Wouldn’t Go to Church

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Would Jesus go to church? This is a pivotal question. If Jesus wouldn’t go to church, then what are we doing there? Now of course, one can spend much time arguing about what the word “church” means. For the purpose of this writing, I am speaking of the church institutional. Earlier this morning, I was […]

The Competent Soul Understands Racism

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  I don’t trust people or institutions to connect me to God. I believe that the journey to God is ours alone. There is only one force that can manifest generosity, love and justice in our lives…God. The soul alone is competent in matters of God or righteousness. I first learned about the doctrine of […]

The Church is Dying…Kill It.

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  According to the Pew Research Center, the Christian population in the United States has declined steadily from 78.4% to 70.6% since 2007. Throughout social media, prognosticators and pundits have raced to explain why the church is dying and how it can be saved. The frenzy of it all has been very informative for me. […]

BEWARE of the PALM WAVERS!

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  The people of Jerusalem waved their palms madly to celebrate the entry of Jesus into their town. Less than seven days later, Jesus was tortured and executed in the same place. Though Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate, I can never get past the fact that the same palm wavers either participated in […]

When Inclusion is Exclusion : Radical Ecclesiology

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  The church is the church is the church. Right? Ecclesiology is the study of what the church is. At our present hour, one cannot study the church without hearing the word ‘inclusion.’ In books, sermons and articles people consistently write and speak about a need for greater inclusion. For many Christians, being inclusive has […]

Why We Can’t Wait: A Sunday Letter from a Baptist Pastor to my Methodist Colleagues

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There in the darkness a courageous Baptist Pastor sat furiously transcribing a letter.  The words the Baptist Pastor wrote were a response to a letter from a Methodist Bishop and other clergy asking the minister to be patient in the face of injustice.  The words the Baptist Pastor wrote still ring loudly in my ears, […]

poetics under fire or verse written with my son sitting on me on a flight to dallas-fort worth

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  bart bart screamed out and everyone told him not to shout the one they called crazy blind man screamed out and go to see again we will not open the eyes of the blind until we scream out about the oppression we find the sign everyone demands a sign from god but perhaps the […]

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