god (h)ates fa(g)s?!

  God hates fags, really? I have been told this is true. But what does God have against cigarettes? I mean, OK, maybe the carcinogenic properties probably aren't that healthy, but who doesn't have their addictions? Is this enough to merit people standing in the streets, making placards (using a full spectrum of variegated coloring, much like the "rainbow") and promoting violent behavior against smoking fags? I mean that is simply ludicrous. Why are so many people justifying their … [Read more...]

Strange Christianity Made in America: Part III by Randy Woodley

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I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ! -Gandhi Christians in America are infamous for being so unlike Jesus. I like the bumper sticker that says, “When Jesus said love your enemies I think he probably meant don’t kill them.” Ever wonder how Christians went from loving their enemies to killing them? We love to blame it all on Constantine, and true enough, he contributed to the problem, but I think the problem goes deeper and farther back—all … [Read more...]

the c(h)urch is killing the (o)ther [Video]

INTRO: the other is that which is different to us. that which is foreign or even monstrous to us and our sensibilities. historically, the church has struggled not only to engage with the other, but also to allow the other to maintain that which makes them other. this video is about why that needs to change (Turn your speakers up!)   Quote at the beginning of the Video: As opposed to the official feast, one might say that carnival celebrated temporary liberation from the … [Read more...]

Strange Christianity Made in America: Part II by Randy Woodley

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The customs of the Nacirema, a still very poorly understood tribal group, came to the attention of anthropologists about forty years ago. They are a North American group living in the territory roughly between the Cree and the Tarahumare tribal groups. Little is known of their origin, although tradition states that they came from the east. In the mid-seventies a group of anthropologists formalized the studies of this very strange and powerful culture. I’ve dusted off an old copy of their … [Read more...]

why feminine castration is like church on sunday

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath - Jesus, Rabbi from Nazareth Is not defending Sunday as a day to meet with God simply re-instituting the temple in that it promises some sort of mystical experience in a specific time and place? The geographical implications also claim that God could then only be experienced in 'this' specific context. What we cannot do is assume that our geographic place has no bearing on who we are, what we believe and even why we believe it. Take for … [Read more...]

A Hunger for the Kingdom

Yesterday I received an email promoting a new Christian move called October Baby It is about a girl that is an abortion survivor and her journey of self discovery upon finding out about her history. What made the email noticeable was this statement: "This weekend, when the biggest box-office hit is expected be a film based on a popular book about young people being forced to fight to the death, OCTOBER BABY hits theaters with a resounding message about the sanctity of life. Talk about a … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Win In Afghanistan by Randy Woodley

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(Note: I am interrupting my own series on Strange Religion: American Dualism because of the urgency of this situation. Life interrupts perceived reality. A recent ABC News - Washington Post poll (http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Americans-Believe-Afghan-War-Not-Worth-Costs-New-Poll-Finds--142296305.html) shows that 60 percent of U.S. citizens believe the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs. These cost are both monetary and counted in the loss of human life. Although the slaying of … [Read more...]

Facebook is Helping Me Grieve

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By Jana Riess In the news last week I read a story about a mother whose college-age daughter had died, but the mother kept her Facebook profile alive and active so that friends and family could continue to post their memories. Months passed, and then someone took it upon himself or herself to alert Facebook that this young woman was, in fact, dead -- a clear violation of Facebook's stated policies. Citing privacy concerns, Facebook "memorialized" the page, and the young woman's mother can no … [Read more...]

My Response to Kony 2012 aka #StopKony

I try not to simply re-post thoughts from my blog here, but I wanted to share today's thoughts with this community as well... If you've been on Facebook or Twitter over the last 24 hours, you have probably seen people talking about the efforts to stop Joseph Kony from the organization called Invisible Children. Here's my response after watching the 30-minute film. Let me start as a filmmaker. It's an amazing piece of art. Propaganda maybe...but the best kind of propaganda there … [Read more...]

Moving Church Past Contracts

Many of you have likely read Seth Godin's most recent manifesto, "Stop Stealing Dreams" where he tackles the question of education in his typical blog-thought style. The whole 33,000 words are free for download if you want to give it a read. In section 26, Godin talks about the contract of adhesion. Here's how he describes it: Friedrich Kessler, writing in 1943 in the Columbia Law Review, articulated a new kind of contract, one for the industrial age. Rather than being … [Read more...]