If Jesus Were on Facebook….Reflections on Matthew 5:1-12

I like Facebook, but I have somehow ended up with lots of friends I don’t even know. Maybe that’s how Jesus feels. Lots of people ask to be his friends, and when he confirms them, they never give him another thought. Lots of people claim to be his friends and really are barely acquainted with his life story and body of teachings, much less willing to live by them. [Read more…]

Jay Bakker, The Grace Junkie: A Book Review

You would think someone who has experienced so much would walk away from anything that looks remotely like the very place he came from. But there is hope. Jay Bakker is an ardent grace-junkie. He drinks it. Shoots it up. Sniffs it. Loves it. And he encourages everyone to do the same. [Read more…]

Who is my brother? Who is my sister?

Moments into his new administrative responsibilities the governor of Alabama told a congregation that those who are not Christians are not his brothers and sisters. As Anne Lamott once observed in a different connection, it is the kind of statement that would drive Jesus to drink gin from the cat’s dish. Patheos columnist and Episcopal Priest Fred Scmidt responds to the new Governor’s religious words… [Read more…]