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Jesus Doesn’t Live In Your Neighborhood

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  “I ain’t racist or nothing, I just had to get away from all the crime.” Of course, when anyone says they’re not racist…they are. Curious of the man’s thinking, I enquired further, “Are you sure that’s what it’s all about?” “Well, I also felt like I’d be a better witness for Jesus if I […]

The Evil of Communion

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  Communion is one of the most consistent and sacred practices in the Christian world. Instituted by Jesus, the practice is intended to draw people closer to Jesus and each other. Recently, I’ve been considering what the fullness or complete embodiment of communion is. We have to assume that since Jesus is both the totality […]

Jesus Died in Mexico

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  There is no doubt about it…15-year-old Sergio Hernandez was slaughtered for no apparent reason. Gunned down in his native Mexico. Sergio and his friends were simply playing a game. They were running back and forth near the US Border. After pulling up on his bike, US Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa opened fire. Sergio […]

Jesus Doesn’t Read the Bible

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  We are instructed to follow Jesus. We are instructed to become more and more like Jesus. In the end, we will be made like Jesus. If Jesus is the ultimate aspiration, how much time do you think he spends reading the Bible? Do you think that Jesus has to read his own story? I […]

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 […]

Hand Washing in the Trump Era

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Can you even breath?   The water is so high.   Jesus was slung in the direction of his potential executioners. As the crowd screamed for blood, Pilate could have stopped it. Instead, he washed his hands and absolved himself of any responsibility for what was about to happen. Jesus was given over to death. […]

US Refugees Seek Asylum in Canada

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  In ancient times, there was a maniacal man ruling the country. Afraid that the people would rise up and challenge his rule, he ordered families to be terrorized. One family fled. After traveling countless miles, the family ended up in a place of safety. The country they left further descended into chaos.   In […]

Pedophiles in Church

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  For the past few decades, the church has worked hard to keep pedophiles out. Remembering that the love of Jesus extends to all people, I’m wondering how we get them back in?   A few years ago, I sat nervously in my office. Watching the clock tick, I wondered what I was going to […]

The Death of a Wizard

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The body of the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in St. Louis Frank Ancona was recently found close to a river in Missouri. This is the same man who threatened lethal force against protestors in Ferguson. I was one of those protestors. In some small way, I guess Ancona threatened to kill me […]

Immigration Imagination

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*Letter written for various newspapers.   Dear Editor,   Imagine a scenario. You’re in your apartment. Your favorite show is on the television. The kids are resting in the floor. You give your partner a hug and a kiss. When the show is over, you help your kids to bed. Once they’re underneath the covers, […]

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