Groovin’ With God

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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 the composer and dir … [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...]

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...]

Cookies of Love: a Progressive Pastor’s Encounter with Fred Phelps

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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 adopt and revise policies & regulations) … [Read more...]

A Progressive Christian view of Sin & Sinners

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  With the advent of human beings from the long processes of evolution and natural selection, a species was created that: is aware that it exists; has high critical thinking and tool-making skills; is capable of humor and self-reflection; can work as co-creators with God; can choose to worship God and be awed by, respect, and care for God’s creation; and who can choose paths of great self-harm and destruction.  We are potentially moral beings. We can decide to act in accordance w … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras, Sodomy, & Us: the sodomites among us – tend to be us.

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I see sodomite people.Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. The day before Ash Wednesday - the beginning of Lent. A time for living with passion, vim and vigor, and for zealously sucking the marrow out of life. It’s also a time when some folks feel a need to wag their fingers. I’m feeling moved to wag a finger of my own – at those who tend to do the finger wagging. The following article is one of my favorites that I’ve ever come across. I found it 8 or 9 years ago in The Wittenb … [Read more...]


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