Why they killed Jesus.

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The Romans didn't kill Jesus because he performed miracles or healed people on any day of the week. He wasn't killed because he taught (or criticized) spiritual truths or religious practices. They executed him because of his subversive politics and his perceived threat to the stability of the Palestinian region of the Roman empire.They killed him for his work in organizing a labor movement of disgruntled Galilean fishermen who were sick and tired of being oppressed by unjust Roman taxation. … [Read more...]

Let’s change the Lord’s Prayer. (again)

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 Let's face it, the world has changed. That is, our understanding of it has changed - and how we perceive things - is reality for humans. For the first few centuries of Christianity, people believed in a cosmology that had a 3-tiered universe; i.e., one where Heaven was (literally) above us. Earth is where we dwell now. And below us, for unfortunate souls, a (literal) Hell.That view no longer makes sense to most people in the 21st century. We know that pretty much every point in the universe … [Read more...]

Jesus is/isn’t the only way. – “They can’t all be true” – except when they are.

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As a progressive Christian pastor and author I frequently receive critical pushback from conservative and fundamentalist Christians who adamantly declare that the only way to experience salvation is by giving intellectual assent to certain specific truth claims about the life of Jesus. Scratch that, they don't generally care about his life, their focus is primarily upon Jesus' death and his resurrection. Their message boils down to "Unless you believe that Jesus died for your sins and that he … [Read more...]

Trick or Treat?

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"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 3:20According 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 don't know about you, but I tend to think that many of us who call … [Read more...]

Holy Yogi Jesus was a Walrus. And so are you.

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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: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you … [Read more...]

Firma-meant to Love: A Poem for Earth Day

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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 bahamasto 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.Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He … [Read more...]


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