Saving God: The Liberation of an Institutionalized God

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The Church is in the midst of a powerful, unparalleled transformation.Many, including myself, have deemed it the death of the Church. And, while it is true that the Church is on a voyage that will leave behind what it once was, the idea of a “dying” church is incomplete. Incomplete in the reality that one of the most defining stories in Christianity is all about death not being an ending, but, rather, being a new beginning.Not surprisingly, in the midst of this metamorphosis, the Church … [Read more...]

A Prayer of Remembrance on 9/11

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Good and gracious God,Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11.For some of us today is a mixed bag of emotions.We hurt deeply for those who lost their lives and those who lost their loved ones.We mourn the nearly 3000 who died that day.We are humbled by the bravery of the first responders.We continue to grieve with our neighbors in the loss of our national innocence - our false sense of constant safety.As we think of the … [Read more...]

Progressive Christian Minister Says #IwasKimDavis

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Do you know Kim Davis (the County Clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue same sex marriage licenses)?I do.I grew up in a small town in the South next door to folks like Kim.They taught in my schools, served lunch, ran local businesses, worked cash registers, served as police and any number of other positions with a public profile.The Kim Davises of this world played a undeniable role in my life during my formative years.It makes me all the more conflicted when I see people … [Read more...]

A Prayer on the Event of Another Shooting in the US

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Good and Gracious God,Yet again, our nation grieves.Yet again, a life has been cut dreadfully short.Yet again, we all rally to our political centers to cry out for our guns, for our rights, for our safety, for rational thought…and… we forget.We forget that someone who should be here with us… is not.We forget that a family, a community, a nation mourns.We forget that our decisions impact lives and that impact has a ripple effect.We forge … [Read more...]

A Call for Christians to Act Like They Are Christians

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Do not say that it is naïve to think we can love everyone, even our enemies. It is not naïve; it is Christian.Do not say that it is politically naïve to be forgiving of those who hurt you. It is not naïve; it is Christian.Do not say that it is naïve to ensure everyone’s basic needs are met, even for the least of these. It is not naïve; it is Christian.I grow weary of Christians who on Sunday worship the Prince of Peace and the rest of the week align themselves with political persp … [Read more...]

Organic, Free-Range Church: Where the Church Goes From Here

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Progressive Christianity in America. Read other perspectives here, after 5 pm MT, Wednesday.) _____________________ What if the people leaving the Church are the collective voice of God to us, the Church, today?In May of this year, Pew Research released a report confirming what many of us already believed about the exodus from churches and the continued expansion of the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR). … [Read more...]

Love Wins! Double Rainbow “All the Way” Over the White House.


In a historical ruling today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of marriage equality. It is now the law of the land for all 50 states.In a related story, God painted a double rainbow over the White House shortly after the ruling was handed down. Check out the timestamp at the bottom.I'm commemorating this historic day and supporting my writing with #lovewins T-shirts! Pick one up while they last!              UPDATE: Betsey … [Read more...]

The Biblical Virtues of Slow Sex

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Let's get something straight, right off the top: sex is good – really good.As I've written before, we Christians have a lot of sexual hang-ups, and I believe it's time for a Christian “sexual reboot.”The Church has taught us to be more than a bit prudish about our sexuality, so we tend to beat around the bush (pardon the innuendo) when it comes to talking about sex.But, with regard to a Christian sexual reboot, instead of talking all around the point, let me get directly to an even m … [Read more...]

A Prayer on the Event of Hate Induced Killing

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Good and gracious God,Humanity's inhumanity to one another is an all too present historical reality.What is it about our humanity that allows us to get so caught up in the differences in our outward appearances and practices that we bracket out the glaring actuality that we are more alike on the inside than any outward differences should ever be capable of overcoming?Hate is so consuming. It consumes our thoughts. It consumes our hearts. It consumes our … [Read more...]

If You Call Yourself a Christian and You Share This Meme – Stop It!

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In the midst of the overblown coverage and social media spats over Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner, a particularly cruel meme has emerged.The notable thing about this meme is that it isn't a conservative slam of Caitlyn and the LGBTQ community. It’s a “liberal” slam of conservative commentator, Ann Coulter.Not a slam of her less than balanced reporting.Not a slam of her frequently mean spirited commentary.Not a slam of her less than rational political outlook.Not even … [Read more...]