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...]

Great man, Great Speech, …and now – Spirituality Lite?

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[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 protest low pay and poor … [Read more...]

Jesus — An Unwanted Christmas Present?

A Devotion for Christmas Day and beyond.“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me… If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14:1, 15-17 I don’t think I’m alone in having memories of certain presents tha … [Read more...]


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