Do You Have a Gaudy God?

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Raining brimstone, epic deluges, trumpets from heaven...is your God showing off?We have all heard of insecure people who act out by throwing fits.  The kid who bullies others on recess, the child who screams when he doesn't get his way, the buff guy in the military who wants to fight at the bar.  We call these people "show-offs" and "assholes."  But what happens when you find your divinity throwing a hissy-fit?One of the first things you can do is exempt your God from these tantrums.  A … [Read more...]

An Interview with Brian McLaren on Faith, Doubt, and Atheism

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I met Brian a few years back when I picked him up from the airport for a conference I was coordinating at Claremont School of Theology.  During our ride back, we chatted about atheism, progressive Christianity, and ways we thought they could work together.  And as much as I wanted to find fault with him, his insipid kindness won me over.Since that time, I have been working with Churches, trying to find ways in which we can work together.  So I thought I would ask Brian some questions th … [Read more...]

Gungor: The Postmodern Anthem Band

It took me a long time to write this. I thought I should try to be objective since I was supposed to be reviewing Michael Gungor's book.  And that was a book I had to think about. A lot. As it became clear that I was far from impartial, my responsibility to write about this band still loomed. Plus, along the way I decided that Gungor is the perfect anthem band for the Postmodern Church/Movement.  And yes, I confess, I also became a fan.  So here are my top ten reasons to my claim wrapped in some … [Read more...]

Let Us Conspire

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What follows is in no way an affirmation of doing anything violent or illegal. In fact, quite the opposite. The following is a dictionary definition of the word “conspiracy” or “conspire”:To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action. 1. To join or act together; combine. 2. To plan or plot secretly. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Comp … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Let Go…

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I have been developing a metaphor to bring insight into how spiritual development happens.  That being, the spiritual journey is one of re-learning of what it means to walk with God in His garden today.  I contend that this learning, when fully embraced, leads us to a place of acceptance of what actually is in our lives and world, with the realization and recognition that God is in all of it.  I have also reflected on the key mental, emotional and spiritual posture needed to allow this truth of G … [Read more...]

Craving

Exploring craving and connection in my Write On Blog after talking to Shauna Niequist on Doug Pagitt Radio: http://dougpagittradio.com/craving … [Read more...]

Can I Trust?

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Here’s a question I’ve been asked many times, by many different people. The words I am going to use are a paraphrase as each individual who shares their hearts with me uses their own language for their particular situations; yet the questions are often very similar when you break them down. The question is: how do I trust God when I don’t know what He is going to do? There are many expressions of church and theology that attempt to tell us definitely that God will make things better if we trust … [Read more...]

Transformation and Shadow Spotting

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“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do no notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matt 7:3 NASB. Most people have read this text as being about sin and our need not to judge. Which is very true, but there are other layers of truths to be found in this text as well. What if the speck we see in another's eye is actually our own log-sized issue? Let me explain. Jesus called it a speck for a reason. I think He was creating a contrast. When we notice some "sin" or “issue … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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