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Memories of God: Murder and Something Greater

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  The images of God were colorful and inviting. The problem was they looked more like a fairy tale than a description of the creator of the universe. I begged God to give me faith. God didn’t. Every night, I prayed for something. I found silence. There was nothing there. Finally, I realized I was […]

The Passion: A Ballad for Jordan Edwards

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The party was going to by hype. Excitement filled his veins. Everybody was going. Then, the time came. The car rolled out with a shout. Everyone knew what this night was about. Laughs filled the car. The house came into view. In the midst of it all, God arrived too. Before things truly hit, the […]

#21 / 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 […]

#20 / 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 […]

#12 / 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 […]

#1 / Lent in Jonestown: Theological Explorations 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 […]

The Execution: In Pragmatic Verse

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  The Execution   Fear was all I knew Every step drew me closer The line taunted me I refused to stop I forced every step Backing down was not an option   Every thump in my chest Every knot in my stomach Every lump in my throat I felt I stood I stared I […]

I Don’t Believe in Celebrating Veterans.

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Ray Hood was a hero of mine. Late at night, he would gather us around and rip sideways on the harmonica. We danced as only children can. The older we got the more we loved his stories. None of us could believe that he was on a boat for months at a time. “Harry Truman […]

On the Nature of God

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*The 2nd in a Series of Conversations between my summer intern Christian Parks and I. J: Christian, I am glad to be returning to this space of formal theological conversation with you. Lately, we have consistently talked about who or what God is. The nature of God has proven to be a topic we return […]

We are not Christians…

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  With five children, I spend an excess amount of time saying silly things to them. Last week, I was joking around with my son Phillip and said, “We are Christians and Christians pick up their toys.” Phillip replied emphatically, “We are not Christians!” Surprised by his sharp reply, I questioned, “What are we then?” […]

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