A Contradiction of Truths

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I am learning in my life to let go of the apparent contradictions; this I believe is the result of my ability to let go of theological paradoxes, which has in turn created a space where I can let go of paradoxes in my own life. Allow me to develop this a little further.So much rational effort has been put into the creation of systematic theologies that have attempted to explain the apparent paradoxes in our human experience with God, the Biblical accounts that seem to contradict each other … [Read more...]

Interviews with Ogun Holder & Bryan Sirchio

We had the privilege to talk with author Ogun Holder, the author of Rants to Revelations: Unabashedly Honest Reflections on Life, Spirituality, and the Meaning of God this week. We also chatted with Bryan Sirchio about his book The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music.Listen here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Intended for More than Relief

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What if the reasons we go to church actually perpetuates problems and doesn’t really help us get better?Studies have found most people go to church for a couple of reasons: they always have and it’s a habit based on an obligatory belief that somehow going to church is the right thing to do and somehow pleases God, others go because they are facing problems and are told that God will help them. I’m sure there are a myriad of other reasons - some noble, some less – as to why people go to church … [Read more...]

How Collective Communal Preaching Keeps People From Being Cheated

Over the last few years I have been agitating for churches and communities to move from speech making in preaching to a collective approach.I wrote about this in my book Preaching in the Inventive Age (formerly Preaching Re-Imagined).Here is a story of the power of that from my church, Solomon's Porch this last Sunday as we read the story of the woman putting the two copper coins in the Temple treasury in Mark 12.  … [Read more...]

We Are Back! – Shauna Niequist, Michael Toy, and More!

After a few weeks away and few more miles on Doug's running shoes we are back! This week we checked in with author of Bread & Wine, Shauna Niequist and poet Michael Toy. We also tackled why preaching should be crowd sourced and why the declaration "I'm not homophobic" matters for evangelicals.Listen to the audio here:Watch here: … [Read more...]

Does Your God Need to Be Fired?

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What if the God that you have given your life to, trusted in, and believed would bless and take care of – what if that God didn’t exist?I remember in the early days of my experience in the Twelve Steps, I was asked by a long-time member what my God was like. In the Twelve Steps, they have this idea that you can have a higher power of your choosing which, of course as a minister, was marginally troubling before I understood what this belief was actually about. Anyways, this long-time member as … [Read more...]

When You Know Better, You Do Better?

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There is no question that ignorance can harm us; but I’m not sure knowing better is necessarily equated to doing better. When we are ignorant of something, we simply don’t know and we act in accordance. A great example is how in the first half of the 20th century doctors would recommend cigarettes to help ease their patients’ nerves. And it worked! But, it also gave people cancer. Ignorance. Knowing that smoking kills has no question motivated many people to stop, but you would think if we knew c … [Read more...]

The Bible is NOT the WORD OF GOD: a polemic against Christendom

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The bible is not the WORD OF GOD. And if we believe it as such, then we have made the bible into an idol. The bible has become the Church’s idol. It is the Golden Calf of our day. The ancient Hebrews had taken the God of their forefathers and formed him into their image. They made him take on their identity because they could not grasp to what extent the WORD OF GOD was present with them. Yes, indeed it has been said for thousands of years that the ancient Hebrews were fools for doing so, but my … [Read more...]

Subvert the norm: remaining vigilant

It is finished!We just had an amazing time at the subvert the norm conference at drury university in Springfield Missouri. There were some well known voices and some new voices that were added to the conference for this second installment. However, this is not an update, I will leave that up to those who are much more detailed than I. But I do want to deal with an issue that was highlighted towards the end of the conference. I understand this might not be popular. But do want to say that the … [Read more...]

Thank God, Persecution Is Coming

It seems that almost no one thinks that "our side" has lost. It's only a matter of time until same sex marriage has become the new normal.But, many conservatives are making another argument in response to this impending change: "Christians" will be persecuted for their beliefs.Is this true?Well, one problem with this argument is that it assumes that all Christians are the same. Using a statement like "Christians think..." makes almost no sense. Christians have differing opinions … [Read more...]


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