Are You a (hu)Man or a Sheep? (Heretic’s Guide for April 21, 2013)

Should I be insulted when the Bible calls me a sheep? What is Peter doing raising people named Dorcas from the dead? Did Jesus really die for my sins? Those questions and more are on the roster in this week’s Heretic’s Guide to the Bible lectionary study. See more about Heretic’s Guide or become part [Read More...]

Feed Me, Seymour: A Search for Real Meaning (Heretic’s Guide)

Feed Me, Seymour: A Search for Real Meaning (Heretic’s Guide: April 14, 2013)   Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 21:1-19 Jesus’ third appearance to the disciples after the resurrection. They’re not catching fish; Jesus tells them to try the other side of the boat and they catch hundreds. First Reading [Read More...]

Truth or Fact? (Heretic’s Guide to the Bible)

Fact or Truth? Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 20:19-31 Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit into them. He endows them with powers of healing and forgiveness of sin. Thomas wasn’t there and doesn’t believe unless he sees Jesus for himself. Jesus reappears to the disciples and [Read More...]

Heretic’s Guide to the Bible: A Video Introduction

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Somewhere around the end of March or early April, 2013, I’m launching a new blog project in partnership with Patheos. If you’ve never read through the Bible but always wanted to (if it wasn’t so tedious, confusing and boring), or if you’re a pastor who needs a fresh, new take on the scripture in plain [Read More...]

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)

(I was invited to take part in a debate about hell at a university recently, but unfortunately, the dates don’t work with y schedule this time. But since it’s an interesting topic, and one about which many folks have questions, I thought I’d share a couple of short essays I’ve written on the subject.)  While [Read More...]

The Only Way Out is Through (A Lenten Reflection)

(I decided to share some meditations I wrote for Chalice Press a few years ago for their Lenten Meditation book. Here’s hoping these help guide you through this time of reflection, shadow and wrestling with the complexities of mortality.) A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! -Joel 2:2 Who [Read More...]

Rev. Richard Land: Greatest Commandment Justifies Deadly Force

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I know this sounds strange, but my feelings about guns is pretty similar to how I feel about cigarettes. On the one hand, I can’t stand either one, and I’m more than happy to see their numbers reduced in our midst. Both seem to serve a common end game, which involves death in various forms. [Read More...]

My Visit with Eric Elnes on Darkwood Brew

I really enjoyed getting to take part in the worldwide Darkwood Brew worship service yesterday with author and pastor Eric Elnes. We talked about my personal faith experience, Banned Questions About Jesus and the Bible.Aside from our chat, it’s a really cool way to see yet another expression of religious community. Check out the episode [Read More...]


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