You Are Included! (Heretic’s Guide)

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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!

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(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

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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...]

Those People

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Following is taken from my Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly lectionary study. To learn more, or to become part of the Heretic’s Guide Community, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below this post. While Amy was in seminary, she and I worked together at a small church in Fort Worth. The church [Read More...]

Green Sticks and Broken Bones

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Following is a reflection from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible lectionary study. For the full study, or for me about how to join the study. CLICK HERE or on the banners at the top or bottom of this post.  My son, Mattias, wanted to do something special for the last day of summer [Read More...]

I’m Awesomely Humble!

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This reflection is part of a larger weekly lectionary study, called Heretic’s Guide to the Bible.  Click the link or the banners above or below to learn more. Amy once offered a sermon on humility at our former Church in Colorado. One guy, who I’ll call Hector, always had something interesting to say in response [Read More...]

God, Give Me Peace…and All My Stuff

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The following is excerpted from the full Heretic’s Guide to the Bible lectionary study, “Burn It Down.” To read the entire study, or to become a part of the Heretic’s Guide community, click the links here or on the banners above and below.  It’s easy to attribute prosperous times to God’s blessings and, especially for [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...]


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