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#Blasphemy

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  Our pastor preached the hardest when election time came around. Though I was only a young man, I knew whose side God was on. In the midst of it all, everyone I knew voted for the candidate the pastor told them to. I was taught that Jesus was intrinsically connected to our political process. […]

The Revolting is Christ

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Twice today, I’ve received messages criticizing my writing. The first said that persons who are attracted to or intimate with animals are revolting and that I was revolting for writing about them. The person also said that they should be given an express ticket for hell. The second person was a little subtler. Initially, they […]

The Vagina of Jesus

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“How dare you insinuate Jesus had a vagina!” The woman was livid. In my talk, I stumbled on the most disturbing idea she’d ever been presented with. With church doctrine and dogma over the centuries in mind, the thought of Jesus having a vagina didn’t seem too out there for me. Since the earliest days […]

Dr. Robert Jeffress Deports Jesus: A Cautionary Tale

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  Miracles weren’t supposed to happen on nights like that. Gunshots filled the air. Violence was everywhere. Already feeling the contractions, Maria was desperate to find refuge. Just when Maria thought she wasn’t going to make it one more step, a woman opened the door of her shack and invited her in. Within the hour, […]

The Racial Ambiguity of Jesus

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    How far would you go? How far would you go for liberation? How far would you go to save lives? Followers of Jesus are called to go all the way. How could anyone go that far? Jesus shows the way.   “I was hungry…”   “I was thirsty…”   “I was a stranger…” […]

Communing with James Holmes

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  In Matthew 25, Jesus said, “I was in prison and you visited me (or you didn’t).” Through these piercing words, Jesus declares that he is with and in those who are in prison regardless of their guilt or innocence. With the trial of mass murderer James Holmes underway in Colorado, Christians must decide if […]

Would Jesus March at Dallas Pride?

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The many closet doors will be closed tightly at Dallas Pride.  Behind the smiles and drunken debauchery, there will be terror about what it would mean to leave the new normal that many have developed.  Most of the participants will have told their parents and friends about their sexuality or gender, but few will have […]

God is Our Passive Enemy: Reacting Fairly and Honestly to a Day Like Today

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    Christians have a bad tendency to rush to offer excuses for God in the wake of tragedy.  In the last 24 hours, John Middleton was executed in Missouri with a lingering legitimate claim of innocence, four cousins were killed while playing soccer on a beach outside of Gaza City, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 […]

Stand Up! : Remarks at Dallas Pastors for Texas Children

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I have spent a few days thinking about Pastors for Texas Children generally and this meeting in particular.  My thoughts and spirit has consistently been transported to this vision of standing up.  What does it look like to stand up?  What does it look like to have courage?  We have many churches represented and many […]

Finding Inspiration on Immigration in Strange Places // When Jeb Bush Sounded Like Jesus

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  I believe that there are rare moments when a person speaks to a political issue yet transcends political discussion to capture the clarity of one of the deepest pieces of all of our humanity…namely an ability to see love and speak of it for what it is.  I doubt I will ever vote for […]

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