The Truth About Thanksgiving: Why You Should Celebrate

The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history. – James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me, 92. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, as we take turns around the dinner table sharing why we are thankful, a sense of awkwardness settles in. The awkwardness is not only due to the “forced family fun” of having to quickly think of something profound to be thankful for. (Oh the pressure!) The growing… Read more

Don’t Fear The Apocalypse: Allaying Concerns As Patriarchy Crumbles

As the patriarchy unravels with women coming forward and men held to account, we are undergoing a cultural apocalypse. While this is good news, it can also be frightening. Lindsey Paris-Lopez strives to allay concerns about vengeance and forgiveness that may stem from misapplication of mimetic theory. Read more

Sermon: Extra Oil for the Wait

Maybe the kingdom of heaven is the awareness that the game is over and everybody wins. Jesus-followers know this now and live in view of it. -Rev Tom Truby  Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverend Tom Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each week, Teaching… Read more

An Open Letter to Men: The Truth about Masculinity

I would like to tell you a general truth about men.* As a pastor, I’ve noticed this in myself and in other men. Here it is. Men are needy. As I’ve experienced it, men are generally much needier than women. We have what René Girard calls a “lack of being.”* Deep down we have an emptiness, a nothingness, inside of ourselves. And typically nobody ever teaches us how to manage the emptiness. In many ways, our culture tells us to… Read more

Sermon: The Virtue of Being Foolish

The following is a sermon I preached on November 12 at Clackamas United Church of Christ in Milwaukie, Oregon. The scripture was from Matthew 25:1-13. It’s a parable Jesus told about five wise bridesmaids and five foolish bridesmaids.  After worship last week, I went to lunch with my family. While we were eating, I got a push notification on my phone from CNN telling me about the horror of a man killing 26 people at a Baptist church in Texas…. Read more

Sermon: Saints!

Jesus’ values include blessings and fullness of life for everyone. The anti-Jesus values have rewards for some but great sorrow, suffering, and violence for others. -Rev. Tom Truby Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?” Reverend Tom Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each week, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement… Read more

Why Richard Dawkins Needs Sunday School

Richard Dawkins rejects the violent god in the Bible. But did you know that Jews and Christians have been rejecting the violent god depicted in the Bible for thousands of years? Read Rev. Adam Ericksen’s latest article and discover the nonviolent God of love. Read more

Everlasting Life Beyond Violence: Keeping Churches Gun-Free

The words of the hymn were still echoing in my mind after the service on All Saints Sunday when I learned about the terrible massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine! Yet all are one in Thee for all are Thine! Alleluia! Alleluia! It was the day Christians celebrate the eternal life of their departed loved ones in Jesus, a day in which we are meant to remember and feel… Read more

Sharia: What You Need to Know

I frequently talk about Islam and my experience with good, American loving Muslims. And whenever I tell those stories, someone inevitably says, “What about Sharia? Muslims are trying to take over the United States with Sharia Law!” Sharia is a big buzz word for many who fear Islam. They claim that Sharia is a divine law code from the Qur’an and so Muslims are forced to live by its violent and archaic standards. Not only that, but they assert that… Read more

Lessons In Leadership For, And From, My 8-Year-Old Daughter

Lindsey’s daughter didn’t want to be a leader, because she was afraid to make mistakes that might hurt people. That concern is a leadership quality we need! Read more

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