Five Reasons We Still Need Intentional Community (Regardless of Your Faith)

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To be honest, I don’t care if you go to church or not. From my experience, going to church doesn’t necessarily make people kinder, more generous or even more Christ-like. It’s like the old saying goes: going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car. [Read More...]

LGBTQ Pride Month: What We Do When the Bible is Ignorant?

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Let’s face it; the Bible is ignorant about some things that we know more about now, including things like biology and neurochemistry. So how do we deal with that as people of faith? June is officially “Pride Month,” in which we celebrate the public empowerment of, and advocacy for, our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. Though the [Read More...]

Hope Without Expectation

Following is excerpted from the August 11th Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study, “All In,” found in full HERE. To learn more, click on the banners at the top or bottom of the story. When I was a little kid, probably in the first or second grade, my dad worked late. He was an insurance [Read More...]

Elijah to the Baalites: “Your God Sucks!” (Heretic’s Guide Sampler)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 Elijah challenges the prophets of the god Baal to a standoff. Both will prepare offerings to their gods, and will call on them to consume the offerings with fire. Baal does nothing, much to the chagrin of his prophets, but [Read More...]

It’s Not Fair! (Heretic’s Video Overview for May 5, 2013)

Is fairness the same as justice? Is there more than one kind of justice? Can God be just without being fair? Does this youtube make me look fat? Those questions and more in this week’s Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. [Read more...]

When Church Drives Sexuality Underground, Bad Things Happen

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I got a link to an article yesterday from a friend of mine, and on the surface, it seemed pretty benign. But the more I sat with it, the more it bothered me. The piece is part of a series the Christian Post is publishing on homosexuality and Christianity, and this article on particular is [Read More...]

Homosexuality and the Bible: a Flowchart

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Not sure of the original source on this, but I think it’s pretty great. [Read more...]

Shedding Blood in God’s Name

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I’ll admit I’m a sucker for stories about the malleability of human morality. From the mob movies, where a guy can whack his cousin but better not show his Patron any “disrespect,” to justice-seeking serial killers like “Dexter,” there’s plenty of justified violence to be found. Where do such seemingly contradictory value systems come from? [Read More...]


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