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Beware of the Palm Wavers

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*I posted a version of this on Palm Sunday 2016   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 […]

Clergy Movement: Do They Know What They’re Getting Into?

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  Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a plethora of announcements about the employment of fellow clergy in new positions. Without fail, the photo is always of a smiling minister. Underneath, there is inevitably a list of credentials and an overzealous statement about institutional growth. Earlier this week, two announcements garnered my attention. After […]

#50 / 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 […]

#49 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

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 […]

#43 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

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 […]

#40 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

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 […]

Talking to Strangers: Theologies of Lying

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  A few years ago, I succumbed to my elderly grandfather’s constant inquiries about my availability to attend his family’s annual reunion. I’d only been a couple of times and knew that I wouldn’t know anyone. When we arrived, I watched people attack the buffet like they’d never eaten before. I guess this is a […]

#36 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

  “It’s too late. I’ve been running too long. Not gonna change now…” -Jim Jones   I’ve heard talk like this many times before. The older people get the more likely they are to speak like this. Are things ever too late? “I can’t change.” “I’m set in my ways.” “It’s too late to live […]

#31 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

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 […]

The Heresy of Church

Dan Rademacher

                                  We were driving along in our neighborhood, my son observed our local park and blurted out, “Why aren’t they going to church?” My other son responded frankly, “Jesus never went to church. They’re just doing what Jesus did.” […]

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