Trick or Treat?

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  – Jesus, via John of Patmos, Revelation 3:20 According to John’s famous vision, Laodicea was the only one of the 7 Churches that he didn’t commend for anything and Jesus’s challenge to the Church at Laodicea was for them to wake up from their arrogant spiritual complacency. I… Read more

Men. “retreating – to advance.”

men common men. diverse men. young bucks. mature bulls. aged sages. men in their heads men in their bodies men with wounds men with strengths men with coping patterns that no longer serve men who are wise men who are fools every man – both. men who’ve cheated men who’ve raped men who’ve abused men who’ve been abused men who gather to seek the medicine of men talking sticks… honest dicks men sighing men moaning men singing men dancing men… Read more

Confessions of a Progressive Christian

Ouch. It cuts like a knife. And wow does it hurt. I write this blog at a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet above sea level – somewhere above the snow-covered fields of Nebraska. I caught a plane with my little boy this morning to visit my family back in Minnesota. I’ve been sick as a dog for the past few days—it was all I could do to get us to the airport. Today’s venture involved the usual comedy of errors,… Read more

Blue Moon – waxing poetic

La luna è bella! The moon is beautiful! Look how it shines! See how it glows! So alive! So powerful and strong! but little do they know…   i appear to have my mojo working i seem to have it all going on it looks like everything is more than well with me and that i’m living la dolce vita i dance the night away with all sorts of heavenly bodies i revolve with the best of them many tell… Read more

Groovin’ With God

Our Creator God does indeed create. Mercy and how! But She is not the only one who makes the decisions about what will be created. If that were the case, blind obedience… would be our only mission we would merely be puppets who could only do things when God pulls our strings. Dig this.  As children of God who’ve been called to groove, let’s groove on the metaphor of “Jazz Music.”  In jazz there is an imperative for listening to, and respecting… Read more

Jesus & 50 Shades of Grey.

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 crossing The 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… Read more

Progressive Ponderings on Patriotism & Christianity

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… Read more

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

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… Read more

Glue is my religion.

Glue i’m a GenXer who flies with Gen Y and i can’t stand religion that can’t handle “why?” like brother stipes, i was losing my religion but like newton before me, i found it …was blind but now i see like marley’s son sings it, love is my religion my religion is agape my religion is the glue that unconditionally brings out the best in each other and holds us together and because jesus dunked me in a giant vat… Read more

Pentecost is the Day the Church Came Out!

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… Read more

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