Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll

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Anyone who reads my stuff with some regularity probably already knows that Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll isn’t exactly on my speed dial list, and I’m probably not in his. From his misogynistic quips to his hellfire hyper-Calvinist rants, he and I see almost all social and theological issues as differently as two people could [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...]

Which way did he go, George? (Heretic’s Guide sampler for June 23, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Elijah gets in trouble with the King Ahab and Jezebel for killing their prophets. He hides in the woods and waits to die but an angel gives him food. He retreats to mount Horeb for 40 days. God appears to [Read More...]

Game of Thrones, Evil, Suffering and the Gospel

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Following is a clip of a few minutes from our Heretic’s Guide LIVE CHAT today. The full video, along with the study and other content, are on the full Heretic’s Guide to the Bible website. We covered a lot of ground, from the ethics of consuming pop culture (leading to a great talk on Game [Read More...]

Tyler Durden’s Gospel / Kings Behaving Badly (Heretic’s Guide for June 16, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a King Ahab wants Naboth’s vineyard but he won’t sell. So Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, sets Naboth up and has him killed. Elijah prophesies to Ahab that ruin will come upon him for doing this evil. (and) 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 King [Read More...]

God Hits the “Smite” Button (Bonus Heretics Guide “Year D” Content For June 16, 2013)

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God Hits the “Smite” Button A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David Ackerman for Proper 6: June 16, 2013 Bible Cliff’s Notes Gospel Matthew 12:43-45:  This is a strange statement by Jesus in which he talks about how an unclean spirit wanders through deserts after leaving a person and returns [Read More...]

God is a Sock (Heretic’s Guide Sampler for Sun, June 9th 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24) A widow and her son living in Sidon are starving to death as the result of the famine. Elijah assures her that her food source will not run out. He also resurrects her son after he gets sick and dies. Because [Read More...]


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