Grab some popcorn,the crucifixion was for entertainment

It is in the crucifixion of the desert rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth that we come to discover the pleasure and pain of the spectacle. In psychoanalysis, the term to denote the experience of pleasure and pain is embodied in the French word, jouissance. A better direct translation would be: orgasm.Why do I make this distinction? Because, today, especially in the West we are drawn to anything that is centered around the spectacle. The pleasure of entertainment but the discounted pain of knowing it is … [Read more...]

May Christmas be Filled with Mouse Poop and Camel Spit By Randy S. Woodley

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In this cynical and snarky world in which we live, we are getting pretty good at diagnosing the problems in the world, sometimes even to the point of paralysis. We blog about them, we read about them, (many Christians today would like to read themselves into Heaven),we discuss what's wrong with the world and we even preach about them. Being informed is not a bad thing but it is often the only thing we do. Our Western worldview has come to equate knowledge with real spirituality. I would like to … [Read more...]

One more bauble for the Emergent village Christmas tree

And so it's Christmas, nearly. Today my wife and I will buy a tree, begin to write cards (she writes I sign). This process has occurred 33 times; during this period we told daughter number one: 'There is no Father Christmas, Christmas is, in fact, pagan'. Like all three year olds she smiled sweetly and looked slightly perplexed, then continued wildly ripping her carefully wrapped presents open, discarded the toy and played with the box. Over the next couple of years we also explained that, … [Read more...]

Finding Current Meaning In Jesus’ Birth (Part 1) By Randy Woodley

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It Was A Night Around Christmas The meaning of this poem will be reflected in Part 2 in two weeks. (Spoken to the cadence of “T’was The Night Before Christmas”)       It was a night around Christmas, in a crowded old caveWith camels and horses and cattle she laidKnocked up by the Spirit, baby daddy besidePsycho girl in some trouble, or maybe she lied No time for a cleaning, no time for midwifeThe st … [Read more...]

“Unwrapping my Lollipop:” Top 10 Best and Worst “Christian” Sex Advice

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“Your body is a wrapped lollipop. When you have sex with a man, he unwraps your lollipop and sucks on it. It may feel great at the time, but, unfortunately, when he’s done with you, all you have left for your next partner is a poorly wrapped, saliva-fouled sucker.” I cringed behind the wheel, appalled at the quoted words I heard coming from my audio copy of “Half the Sky” as authors Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristoff discussed this statement uttered by Darren Washington, an abstinence educator, … [Read more...]

December 2012

PATHEOS – December 2012 November 2012 was about as singular as any month could ever contrive to be. Most certainly it was as portentous as any should ever wish to be. In this country, it saw the election of our first Buddhist senator, our first Hindu congressperson, as well as of our first nontheist one. Almost as thought-evoking is the knowledge that on post-election Saturday, after all the tallies were finally in, Al Mohler, Jr., the highly visible and outspoken p … [Read more...]

Empires and Resurrection

  In part, this post was sparked by Phyllis Tickle and her post Christendom article.  Over the years I have been struck, more than once, by the story of the Tower of Babel: Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “ come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly”…… then they said, “Come let us build a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens so that we may ma … [Read more...]

The Post-Black and Post-White Church – A conversation with Efrem Smith

I talked with Efrem Smith about his book, The Post-Black & Post-White Church on my Radio Show.Here is the Audio and Video of this fun and lively conversation. … [Read more...]

Undead

I chatted with Clay Morgan on my Radio Show about his book Undead.He has a nice take on what it means to be people who live full and enriched lives and gets at the idea from the lens of Zombies. … [Read more...]

A Perfect Duo

 “Let us now praise famous men,” is itself about as famous as any self-respecting phrase could ever hope to be. Certainly, it is more bandied about than is any other of those we have lifted whole-cloth out of the Apocrypha. But every once in a while…in a great, great while, in fact…I still want to change the flow of the words a bit and say instead, “Let us now praise famous books.” Once upon a long time ago, some very gratifying years at Publishers Weekly taught me a lot of … [Read more...]


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