Jesus & 50 Shades of Grey.

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The story is told of a woman who lived in a nation that bordered another nation. The other nation had checkpoints at the border. Every day, she rode her motor-scooter to one of border crossings to get to the other side. And every day she’d return through the same border crossingThe guard at that station took his job seriously and he diligently inspected all of the many canvass bags she carried with her on her scooter. He could tell she was up to something, but he could never find any c … [Read more...]

Progressive Ponderings on Patriotism & Christianity

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The following is a video interview I did for Patheos at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.I shared more in further detail in my discussion of civil religion in my book Kissing Fish.I speak from a progressive Christian perspective. You may not agree with everything I say, but I hope you agree that it's important to ponder such matters.Peace. Progressive Christians aren't the only ones to think this way. A growing number of evangelicals are embracing this … [Read more...]

Signs of Hope in a Holy Land that has yet to fully live into that name.

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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. - Mahatma Monhandas Gandhi"Here I stand. I can do no other." Martin Luther"I'm speaking out against [this] war because I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal." Martin Luther King, Jr.Information and understanding help us to avoid seeing things in black and white terms, and to instead recognize … [Read more...]

Glue is my religion.

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Gluei’m a GenXer who flies with Gen Yand i can’t stand religion that can’t handle “why?”like brother stipes, i was losing my religionbut like newton before me, i found it …was blind but now i seelike marley’s son sings it, love is my religionmy religion is agapemy religion is the glue that unconditionally brings out the best in each other and holds us togetherand because jesus dunked me in a giant vat of that thick and sticky agape adhesive,i promise t … [Read more...]

Pentecost is the Day the Church Came Out!

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Today is Pentecost Sunday – it’s the Birthday of the Christian Church! For those who may not be familiar with it, Pentecost is derived from a Jewish holiday (Shavuot) that is celebrated 50 days after Passover.  According to the Book of Acts (chapter 2) on the day of Pentecost that took place 50 days after Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus’ followers (only about 120 at the time) were all gathered in a large upper room of a dwelling in Jerusalem.  The room was locked because they were afraid of being pers … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day is for Peace.

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Mother’s Day.Numerous companies are making copious amounts of money this week because of all of the greeting cards, flowers, jewelery, and  special meals that are being purchased to help us celebrate our mothers. That’s fine and all. But, unfortunately, as the years have passed the original meaning and intentions behind this wonderful day have become lost in the shuffle and in the rabid frenzy to buy things. The day has sadly lost its subversiveness and radicality and has become reduced to th … [Read more...]


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