You Are Included! (Heretic’s Guide)

Following is taken from the weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible lectionary study. Special thanks to David Ackerman, author of Beyond the Lectionary, for providing this study. Who is excluded in today’s church?  For many years, women, people of color, and gays and lesbians were actively excluded from full participation in the church’s life.  While [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...]

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...]

The Gospel of “Breaking Bad”

This is part of the weekly Bible study, called A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. To find out more, or to become a part of the conversation, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. It may seem strange to be referencing the show “Breaking Bad” in a Bible study. After all, how can [Read More...]

When Ministers Get Honest About Doubt

Following is excerpted from my larger weekly Bible Study, called Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. To read more, or to join the study, CLICK HERE or on the banners above or below the text. A friend of mine was a pastor at a church where she admitted to me that her congregation had different ideas [Read More...]

Rich People Suck (Heretic’s Guide Reflection for 9/29/13)

This is part of the weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study series. To read more, or to take part in the study, CLICK HERE, or click on the Heretic’s Guide banners above or below.  Rich people are jerks. They’re greedy, selfish, and don’t care about anyone else. That computer software guy may be the [Read More...]


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