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7 Heretical Ideas

Faith has always been a place that is concerned about heresy. Communities of faith have been a place that teeter on the edge of heresy, struggling to condemn what is false while still discovering the things that are true. It is interesting that ideas branded heresy by one generation are often accepted as truth a generation […]

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20 Things I Have Had to Unlearn

I once heard Rob Bell talk about raising his children in such a way that they would not have to “unlearn” too much as they grew older.  While I am extremely thankful for the way I was raised, there are plenty of things that I have had to unlearn. I hope that those who learn […]

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The Church Should Do the Job of the Government?

Whenever the U.S. government has trouble doing its job and accomplishing anything meaningful for the American people (which is quite frequently) a certain segment of the church begins to speak quite loudly about how the people of God have neglected their responsibilities and relegated their job to the government. They talk about how we Christians […]

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Some Great Experiences at Wild Goose

Wild Goose Festival 2014 was this past week in Hot Springs, NC. This is one of the only places in the world where (mostly) progressive Christians get together and talk about how to change the world. Here are a few of my experiences at the festival. The first time of teaching that I attended was […]

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Some Things My Dad Taught Me

I know many people who’s fathers are not a part of their lives. I have friends who never knew their fathers. I know people who have never experienced a good relationship with their dads or who have lost their fathers too early. I am so thankful for the man who has been one of the […]

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Meditation for Holy Saturday

The Saturday prior to Easter is one that we often overlook in our preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter. It is the day after Jesus was crucified. It is the day he lay in the grave. Church lectionary readings for Holy Saturday often include passages from Job, […]

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A Meditation for Good Friday

Good Friday is the day when we remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus. This is a solemn observance. Many churches hold services where the cross is draped in black and and the service finishes in darkness and silence. This allows us to experience the abandonment, desperation, and death of the cross in a unique […]

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A Meditation for Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. It is traditionally recognized as the day that Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples and then was betrayed by Judas. The word maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning commandment. This refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper. The Gospels recount how Jesus […]

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Breathing a Sigh of Relief

My exhale of relief began when I decided that marrying the wrong person was not a danger I should be concerned about. If you grew up in certain circles you understand the emphasis on finding the mate who God has designed just for you. That God has the perfect companion picked out just for me […]

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The Power of the Weak – A Review of David and Goliath

I am often amazed to find more alignment with what I consider to be the way of Jesus in “secular” writers and thinkers than in the leaders of the Christian world. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell is a book that demonstrates that the subversive way of Jesus is not a lifestyle that only exists within the […]

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50 Things I Have Learned About Faith and Life

My thoughts and ideas have changed a lot over the past few years. I think perhaps that is the way we should all be . . . always learning and changing. People are more important than ideas Ideologues make bad politicians God is at least as nice as Jesus Poor people  want the same things […]

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Same Love

I recently heard an interview with a Christian musician who was talking about the way we affect people in society through the music and art that we create. He mentioned the way Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ song Same Love is having a huge effect on young people and their attitudes toward gay people. I found that […]

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The Sin of Sodom

The city of Sodom has long  been identified as the ultimate example of moral depravity. Genesis 13:13 says, “Now the people of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.” There are two explanations of the wickedness of Sodom: the Popular one and the Scholarly one. Genesis 19 gives us the biblical account of Sodom’s destruction. Two angels […]

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How Will History View Opposition to Gay Rights?

As we look back at the struggle for equality of various groups, we find the greatest opposition to progressive steps toward equal rights have nearly always come from Christians. Most of us would now consider standing against civil rights for African Americans or equal pay for women to be unimaginable, but we must accept the […]

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The Revelation of Superman

For years the story of Superman has reflected the story of Jesus, a man from a distant place who comes to earth to bring peace, but this archetype has never been as clear and intentional as in Man of Steel, the latest Superman movie. The web is full of blog post and news articles identifying […]

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When Scientific Ideas Change Our Theology

Our theology changes with scientific and cultural advancement. Even those who insist they are part of an unchanging religious tradition established by an unchanging God  must admit that the development of the heliocentric model (the earth revolving around the sun), the invention of the printing press, the emergence of religious liberty, and the increasing value […]

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Extreme Grace, Extreme Love, and Angry Jesus

I know a guy who loves the grace of God. Several years ago he started to preach about God’s extreme grace. He started to tell people that God’s grace covers absolutely EVERY wrong thing they could ever do, and that the love of Christ is more powerful than ANYTHING. Church people can get pretty uncomfortable […]

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The Irony of Kermit Gosnell

This week abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of 3 counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of three infants who were delivered alive at his clinic in Philadelphia. This trial has been the center of attention for both abortion opponents and advocates. The revelations of the trial have disturbed many and raise concerns about abortion […]

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