25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (Readers’ Choice, 2013)

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(Check out my Editor’s Picks for 25 Christian Blogs You Should Read HERE) After more than 33,000 hits, 400 nominations and thousands of votes, we have the Reader’s Choice list of 25 Christian Blogs You Should Be reading. I was particularly pleased to see so many women represented in the list this year. Could be [Read More...]

Is Church Still a Curator of Culture?

There was a time when the church was considered to be the central curator of the community’s cultural identity. The architecture, stained glass, music, and other artifacts represented the values of the culture, both spiritual and aesthetic. But a couple of things happened. First, our communities began to disperse, to mobilize and spread out. The [Read More...]

No Girls Allowed

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Following is a reflection that is part of a larger Heretic’s Guide to the Bible something weekly lectionary study. CLICK HERE,  or on the banners at the top or bottom of this post,  to learn more or to become a subscriber.    Summer is a relatively slow time in church life, and as such, it is [Read More...]

Which way did he go, George? (Heretic’s Guide sampler for June 23, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Elijah gets in trouble with the King Ahab and Jezebel for killing their prophets. He hides in the woods and waits to die but an angel gives him food. He retreats to mount Horeb for 40 days. God appears to [Read More...]

Game of Thrones, Evil, Suffering and the Gospel

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Following is a clip of a few minutes from our Heretic’s Guide LIVE CHAT today. The full video, along with the study and other content, are on the full Heretic’s Guide to the Bible website. We covered a lot of ground, from the ethics of consuming pop culture (leading to a great talk on Game [Read More...]

Tyler Durden’s Gospel / Kings Behaving Badly (Heretic’s Guide for June 16, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a King Ahab wants Naboth’s vineyard but he won’t sell. So Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, sets Naboth up and has him killed. Elijah prophesies to Ahab that ruin will come upon him for doing this evil. (and) 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 King [Read More...]

God Hits the “Smite” Button (Bonus Heretics Guide “Year D” Content For June 16, 2013)

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God Hits the “Smite” Button A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David Ackerman for Proper 6: June 16, 2013 Bible Cliff’s Notes Gospel Matthew 12:43-45:  This is a strange statement by Jesus in which he talks about how an unclean spirit wanders through deserts after leaving a person and returns [Read More...]

Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex

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I wrote a piece recently about the Christian challenges of what I call “marriage worship,” in which we focus so intensely on getting kids married before they have sex that we neglect necessary education and discourse about healthy emotional, spiritual and physical sexual expression. Though lots of people seemed to really appreciate the perspective in [Read More...]


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