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Pastors: Your Press Conferences Suck

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  Early this morning, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. I couldn’t help but notice the numerous press conferences pastors are holding all over the country. In each one, pastors put on their stoles and jump in front of the cameras. The problem is that such performances are unbelievable. Just this morning, I saw […]

Lenten Remix 12: Give Your Life

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  “Give your life.”   In John 15:13, Jesus tells the disciples that love doesn’t get any greater than sacrificing your life for your friends. We can’t have a future worth living in without making the marginalized and oppressed our friends. The message of Jesus is clear. Give your life.   Amen.

Don’t Stay at the Table Too Long

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  * Derived from a Sermon Delivered at New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California on June 28, 2015   Justice starts in our beginnings. Too often we run from beginnings. Even when we think about the creation myth in Genesis, we run from the snake, the bite and the ejection to the incarnation […]

On Jesus…

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  *a theological conversation between Christian and I on the lake in North Georgia   J: Who or what do you think Jesus is Christian?   C: On one level, Jesus is an embodiment of an active, participatory and liberating love. On another level (and maybe there are no levels) Jesus was human like you […]

The Cold Dead Jesus: A Plea for a Post-Easter Resurrection

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*Easter Message Delivered in Denton, Texas   Let’s begin with the excluded God. What does it mean for God to be left out? My mind immediately conjures up a situation at the church I attend, the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. Our church was founded to be the ultimate space of inclusion for […]

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 […]

The Danger of Voting

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“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” -Matthew 22:21 (NRSV)   Many years ago, religious leaders confronted Jesus about paying taxes.  The group wanted to push Jesus into a corner and make him respond to their political provocations.  Should they pay taxes?  Jesus […]

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