The Gospel of Mark as a Manifesto of Political and Religious Defiance

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I’m starting to think that Che Guevara and the Jesus of the Gospel according to Mark have an awful lot in common. I should explain, first, that I’m in the first month of My Jesus Project, a year-long effort to more deeply live into the life, teaching and example of Jesus through prayer, study and [Read More...]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

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First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.” And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard. It’s not even that I’ve [Read More...]

Looking Where Prophets Point

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I will be concluding my Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly online study at the end of this calendar year. But while I’m still at it, I figured I’d share a sample from the study for this week. First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 The prophet offers a vision of hope to the people of Israel, who [Read More...]

It’s Not What it Looks Like!

(Special thanks to my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, for her collaboration on this entry with me.) The following is excerpted from my Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly study. To read more or join the study, CLICK HERE or on the banners above or below. Situation comedies are the worst. You know the ones; they’re [Read More...]

It’s Not As Bad (or Good) As You Think

The following is excerpted from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study. To read more, CLICK HERE or on the banners above or below. I recently attended a lecture by a sociologist who suggested that our tendency to see history as both linear and progressive is a symptom of our modernist western way of [Read More...]

Having the Faith to Fail

  The following is excerpted from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study. To read more, or to take part in the study, CLICK HERE or on the banners above or below. Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs was, by all accounts, a tremendous success in the fields of technology, design and business. He was meticulous, [Read More...]

Show Your Cheeks for Jesus!

This is excerpted from the larger weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Study. To read more, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. First Reading Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Psalm Psalm 149 Second reading Ephesians 1:11-23 Gospel Luke 6:20-31 It is an interesting time in the lectionary to have many of these texts come [Read More...]

Being Bad at Doing Good

The following is an excerpt from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study. To read more, and to take part in the conversation, CLICK HERE, or on the Heretic’s Guide banners above or below the text. I spend a lot of time talking to people about what it means to be a Christian. Of [Read More...]


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