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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 Apocalypse

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  Growing up, our church loved to talk about the end of the world. From pew to pew, everyone believed that they would be saved from the destruction to come. I didn’t know for sure. I had doubt. Downtown, a man held a sign high into the air, “The End is Near.” I was terrified. […]

Liberation Will Only Come Through Revolution

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In the wake of the flames of the streets of Baltimore, Christians of all stripes have incessantly talked about the need for liberation. It often goes something like this, “Let’s seek God for liberation in our time….” While these words are wonderful on their face, they don’t speak to the depth of the crisis that […]

The White Jesus is a Serial Killer

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You see them lurking in the hallways of church after church. In the same tired old faded colors, it is hard to miss the blond hair, blue eyes and white skin. I have even seen them in hospitals. Growing up, I was terrified of one representation that stared ominously at the viewer. The old white […]

Killing Jesus and Saving the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

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I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money […]

The Lynching of Sureshbhai Patel

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  The video is horrific. Madison, Alabama police officer Eric Parker slammed Sureshbhai Patel into the ground hard enough to paralyze him. There was a time when lynchings were carried out by mobs. Now, we have created a much more formal process of carrying out violence against oppressed and marginalized people.  Badges and uniforms are […]

I AM the Light of the World: Connecting Queerly with the Gospel of John at Living Faith Covenant Church

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  Queer Theology goes beyond identity.  Queer Theology seeks to affirm people for who God has created them to be.  So often we give categories and identities to provide description for who we are.  We forget that we were created in the image of God and that the core of us is that dear image.  […]

A Lesbian is Murdered and Nobody Cares…

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  “Lesbian Murdered.”  What if that was all the news headlines said?  I have a feeling that most of the progressive community would be up in arms and ready to fight.  There would be petitions and rallies demanding action.  We would invoke the name of God and whatever else we could get a hold of […]

The Call to Ferguson

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The phone rang.  I wasn’t expecting a call so late.  “Would you be willing to go to Ferguson on our behalf?”  I was surprised by the question.  For the last few days, I told numerous people that I would not be traveling to Ferguson.  I didn’t have the money.  I knew I would miss the […]

Jesus Enraged: Overturning Purveyors of Injustice

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    For many of us, our lives are filled with the mundane and monotonous.  It is as if we live for those moments when we might become something different…when we might become all that we were created to be…when we might have the opportunity to touch greatness or even the very face of God.  […]

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