our creator god did indeed create the earth! mercy and how! and when she created it – she said it was good. …i mean really good. i’m talking springtime sunshine melting snow heating earth making it warm, moist, fertile, and sticky kinda good! i’m talking god said it’s good like “your breasts are like gazelles, twin deer feeding among lilies. I will stay on the hill of myrrh, the hill of incense, until the morning breezes blow and the darkness… Read more

I recently stayed awake all night pondering Jesus’ farewell address, especially his prayer to God on behalf of the rest of humanity, in John chapter 17. I’ve been reading it with fresh eyes and my. mind. has. blown. …“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life:… Read more

in the beginning, God created the world, and God said it was good and it is good. i mean really good! from the tiniest grain of sand on a beach in the bahamas to that massive hulk of a rock that we call everest, from the smallest amoeba to the largest leviathan that lurks in the depths of the sea— “All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all…. Read more

It’s been said that this world is a tough place to live. And parts of it certainly are. Places like Antarctica with it’s frigid cold; the top of mountains with their thin air; deserts with their lack of water and vegetation; the oceans with their tidal waves, hurricanes, etc. – places like these are pretty inhospitable to human life. But it’s not just these sorts of extreme places that are hard to live in. The regular parts of the world… Read more

In yo face Devil! Take that forces of evil! Look whose laughing now! Ding Dong the witch is dead! We fart in your general direction! Sike! … Such has become the way that many of the world’s Christians have come to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. We’ve allowed the ways of the world to infuse our beliefs and we end up fighting fire with fire. Employing the world’s ways against it. Once our religion became the official religion of the… Read more

You’ve just read a terrific blog or news-story from one of your favorite writers – perhaps it’s even one that you wrote. You’re basking in the glow of someone’s creativity. You’ve been blessed by their wit and humor. And you’ve allowed your mind to walk a mile in another person’s moccasins to see the world as they see it. You’re relishing in an insightful, fresh perspective. And you’re sporting a knowing grin of satisfaction and delight having experienced a slice… Read more

Holy, holy, holy. Beauty and blessing beyond my ability to comprehend. As a progressive Christian, embracing doubt is an essential part of my faith. It’s integral to avoiding religion at its worst, at its most over-stated, and at its most dysfunctional. But there are bits of reality that come crashing into my healthy skepticism that leave me thinking … “I guess there really is a God.” This week marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of 100 days of bloody… Read more

[This blog was originally written on April 3, 2011, the anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s last speech – given the night before he was assassinated. Moving beyond confronting racism, King had expanded his work to speak out against the war in Vietnam and to address issues of economic injustice. In a crowded church in Memphis, TN, he spoke about his intention to march in solidarity with that city’s sanitation workers (black & white) who were on strike to… Read more

I was really excited about the opportunity to read and review Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision of a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity. I was… that is, until I started to read it. At a certain point I wasn’t so sure if I truly wanted to keep going. You see while the title appealed to me, and while I fancied myself as someone who is a “deep human” and who is a relatively “mature Christian” – reading… Read more

Brother Fred – is dead. When someone passes it is right and well to remember them. The following is a recounting of an encounter I had with the late, spreader of homophobic hate – Fred Phelps — at his worst, and perhaps at his best. During my last semester of grad school I was involved in monitoring the proceedings at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (effectively, the “Congress” of the denomination that meets every four years to… Read more

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