Loving Sh*t


  Back in the beginning, God created people with breath and bones. Over the last few days, I’m convinced that God also creates people with the divine ass too. God just squats down and takes a big shit that produces some of our fellow human beings. Though both are made in the image of God, […]

Outside the Inn with the Shitty God


  *sermon delivered on 12/20/15 at The Beloved Community in Asheville, North Carolina   The incarnation of God is a shitty story. This speaks not of the quality of the story…but rather where the story takes places. Jesus was born in a stable full of shit.   The Christmas story is a strange tale. Don’t […]

Raw Theology at Be Loved


  The Be Loved Community is full of surprisingly raw theology. Rev. Amy Cantrell founded and leads the ministry that feeds hundreds of people each week at a small house near downtown Asheville, North Carolina. I was thankful for the invitation to be in such a space. Though I delivered a sermon, I felt like […]

The Greatest Commandment: Don’t Treat God Like Shit


Jesus was giving a talk at a local hotspot when a couple of pastors showed up. Unable to stomach the words they were hearing, the pastors demanded, “This all sounds like new age mumbo jumbo. What are you really saying? What is the core of your message?” Slowly moving toward the questioners, Jesus replied, “Those […]

Post-Christmas Day: Get Stinky


  Why did we do all of this celebrating? The spiritual reason is simple. Christmas is a time to celebrate the incarnation of God into the world. Truthfully, I don’t think that most people understand what such a statement means. In our highly religious descriptions of Christmas, we often fail to tell people…Christmas is a […]

The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks


  Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd. I didn’t have a choice. We have always been poor. We don’t know any other […]

Botched Executions: A Visit, Jesus in Oklahoma and Us


This morning I visited a young man in the Tarrant County Correctional Facility in Fort Worth, Texas.  When I arrived at the appointed booth, I felt the urge to ask the young man about his crime.  Then I remembered the words of Jesus in Matthew 25.  “I was in prison and you came to me.”  […]

A Devotional from a Book that has Some Occasional Shit In It


“But as for the towns of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive.  You shall annihilate them—the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites-just as the Lord your God has commanded, so that they may not teach you […]