Why did you even create such a place of calamity and sorrow? Doesn’t the “Bible clearly state” that you are light and in you there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5)? I mean, that is a pretty strong statement so why in the hell (pardon the pun) did you create a place of objective darkness? I know the answer to that is “sin” but really, the creation of everlasting darkness is your answer to those who choose to “remain in their sin”? And if hell isn’t a place of torment but a state of mind, separated from your presence, can you please explain the metaphysics of that because I thought you were omnipresent. As I understand things, either you are present in hell or simply a demiurge. Read more

I would like to update everyone on where I am at with my first book, “All Set Free.” I just finished hand editing the PDF Wipf and Stock sent me and in the next few days, will be notating the changes and sending it back to them. I have a deadline of 9/30/15 so I cannot see the release being to far in the distant future. Read more

Before you decide whether or not to include me in the rapture, please read the following. Actually, I’ll just be frank—this is not going to be pretty. I fear my fate will be sealed by the end of this letter. But, it is not meant to offend you, really. I just want you to be aware as to where I stand on the matter. Oh, but that does reminds me. I’ve been dying to ask you something for some time now. Why is it that those who follow you say that my words are offensive? Doesn’t that imply that you have an issue with your ego, or what Richard Rohr refers to as the “small self?” Well, never mind… Read more

When we look at our eschatology, we need to have some empathy. Jesus sure did! That is one reason he brought peace. That is a part of why he said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34)” He recognized that we have no idea what are doing to each other. We had no idea what we were doing to Jesus. Read more

Even though humankind was violent, the writer of the first narrative does not attribute any violence to God. Everything created is called “very good.” Humankind then, as image bearers of God, is to be non-violent. We are to take care of that which is “very good.” We are to also “give freely,” as he has. Read more

If you have either walked away from Christianity, have never considered it, or are struggling with certain doctrines you think are the only options, I invite you to explore the non-violent Abba revealed through Christ Jesus. This is not an altar call and I do not proselytize. I do, however, believe in the transformative Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe he died for all, while all were yet sinners. If more Christians could embrace the belief that the Father is for us all, then I believe we can heal a broken world and save a fledgling Church. Read more

So what do I say to those who hold to a theology that includes violence?Start everything with Jesus. Read your Bible with Jesus. Approach the Father in the same way Jesus did — as Abba. Stop “searching the scriptures” prior to coming to Jesus. He is our model in all things — in how we engage the world with grace and mercy and compassion, and in how we read our Bibles. Read more

Then, if you go to the Epistle to the Hebrews, you will again read that the Law requires blood in order for forgiveness to occur (Hebrews 9:22). Nobody should dispute that. However, if you continue on to Hebrews 10:5 – 7 (referencing the anti-sacrificial Psalm 40:6 – 8), you will discover that the sacrificial aspects of the Law were not something the Father ever desired—it was unpleasing even. (See also Amos 5:21 – 22 for God’s apparent disapproval of “festivals” and “burnt and grain offerings”) In fact, in verse 8, the writer goes so far to write: “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings (these are offered according to the law).” Even though such things are offered according to the Law, they were not desired by God. This passage seems right in line with that of Jeremiah 7:22. However, it still is not so plain, is it? Read more

Peace, unity, equality . . . when we are in one place, when we live in one place, eat in one place, sleep in one place, and when we finally join together in heaven in one place, that is unity. Even when we go to that (final) place, we all live together in freedom as one family, one group. In this world and in the next world we live together in freedom, as one family of peace. This is Islam. If we find this way of peace, this is Islam. Read more

Whether in lesson, in action, or even in hermeneutics, Jesus is constantly redefining our understanding of God. Violence and retribution was always a projection onto the Divine. It can be a way of justifying “our” violence. My tribe’s violence is sacred—yours is wicked. When we finally witness who God really is, however—when we “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)—we discover what has been true all along. Recognition of that could change everything. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10—KJV)” could become a reality. Of course it can! If the Church started following Jesus in all aspects of life, his kingdom most certainly would come. Read more

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