#31 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

#30 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

#29 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

#28 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

Cowards in Pulpits

  *Only cowards have these flags in their sanctuaries.   Not too long ago, I attended the wedding of two old men. Before the service started, my friend leaned over asked, “What’s that smell?” More interested in the service, I brushed him off and dismissively replied, “I have no idea.” As the service started, I [Read More…]

#27 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

#26 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

#25 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

#24 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a [Read More…]

The Heresy of Church

  We were driving along in our neighborhood, my son observed our local park and blurted out, “Why aren’t they going to church?” My other son responded frankly, “Jesus never went to church. They’re just doing what Jesus did.” I found the interaction of my young twins to be particularly insightful. While one could argue [Read More…]