Christian, Post-Christian – A book I think you’ll like

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Sometime this past April I told you that I can no longer comfortably call myself a Christian. “…I am tired. I am tired of begging for scraps from the table. I am tired of begging to borrow an ounce of grace from the money changers in the temple.  I am tired of being a pawn in the [Read More...]

The blasphemy of a homophobic Jesus

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Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another “pastor” in yet another “Christian” church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear based, power hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little diddy as reported by Raw Story A pastor of a large Southern Baptist church [Read More...]

A Recipe for Spiritual But Not Religious

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This evening I am introducing a new series – my contribution to the “Meet the Nones” meme out there .   I have been mulling over (uh, stewing furtively about) an in-depth response to a particular author/pastor from within my own tradition for quite a while.   Back in 2011 Lillian Daniel posted  “Spiritual but Not Religious? Please [Read More...]

Mamma, why you gotta be so gay on Facebook?

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We had just lit a candle, said a blessing and were passing around the broken bread for all at the table to share when we began talking about our respective days. The kids had been about the business of getting the most out of the last days of their summer vacation (we go back to [Read More...]

Bible Character Bingo!

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So one of those inane “which type of underwear are you?” quizzes floated across my radar the other day and finally caught my attention. Although I’ve passed up the scintillating “Which Disney Prince Would Be Your One True Love?” and the self abusive “Which Wedding Dress Style is Right for You”, I just couldn’t pass [Read More...]

10 Ways MY religious freedom is under attack

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My religious freedom to love my neighbor is under attack by your religious freedom to despise him. My religious freedom to welcome the stranger is under attack by your religious freedom to deny them. My religious freedom to alleviate suffering is under attack by your religious freedom to create it. My religious freedom to be [Read More...]

Searching for a balance

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My lived experiences, combined with a wide open soul, create in me conflicting responses to any sort of religious dialogue, especially when the conversation involves challenges to and denial of my humanity based on “truths” extracted in specious snippets from an ancient text that has been smudged by the messy hands of humans from the [Read More...]

United Church of Christ files lawsuit challenging North Carolina marriage laws

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One of the most important reasons I am struggling with shedding the label Christian is that I remove myself a step from my beloved tribe. According to a press release dated April 28, 2014 written by Connie Larkman of the UCC. “The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) has filed suit against the [Read More...]

May the road rise to meet you

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May the road rise to meet you,  may the wind be ever at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face,  and the rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again,  may God hold you in the palm of his hand. – Traditional Irish Blessing I recently returned from a [Read More...]

Leaving church to search for Christ

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Sometime near the end of what I now call World Vision Week I had a dream. As the blackness of slow-wave sleep dissolved, I found myself in the completely mundane and peaceful kitchen I once shared with my ex-wife. As we puttered around, putting away the evening’s dishes, I sensed a shadowy presence swooping past [Read More...]


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