Love is a Hell of a Thing

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“Love” is a notoriously difficult emotion to define.The word sounds so simple, yet defies a simple definition.We throw it around like a Frisbee.“I love you.” “I love my kids.” “I love my spouse.” “I love a good Cab Sauv.” “I love Sunday football.”You know what I really love? Vanilla ice cream with crunched-up Reese’s Cups in it!When trying to define love, the problem we run into is this: the love I have for my kids, the love I have for my wife and the love I have for vanilla i … [Read more...]

A Prayer For Peace Amidst Violence

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(A Prayer of Confession)Good and gracious God,Life itself is a struggle between peace and violence.In the wild violence gives life to some even as it takes it from others.In relationships violence shatters hopes, destroying both people in different ways.Inside ourselves violence wreaks havoc as we tear ourselves down in judgement, low self-esteem, self-doubt, and pity.Yet, in each of us, it would seem there is a seed of peace. It calls out not only … [Read more...]

The One Thing That Can Save the Church (and the One Thing That Is Stopping That One Thing)

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I have this nasty habit of oversimplifying things. So, feel free to let the “it's not that easy” and “you're such a simpleton” arguments begin, but I truly do think that all of the problems of the Church can be attributed to one thing.You fix that one thing and you can save the Church from its continuing slide to irrelevance for increasingly larger portions of society.Possibly the most frightening and disappointing thing about this “one thing” is that it has been a teaching of the Church … [Read more...]

Prayer for a Nation of Division and Mixed Priorities

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(A Prayer of Confession)Good and gracious God,Somehow, in the U.S, we've arrived at a place, where we focus on our differences rather than our similarities – which is curious since we have more in common than we have differences.We've arrived at a place, where we make feeding the homeless illegal and owning a gun a basic human need - which is curious considering both put people's lives at risk.In the U.S., somehow, we've arrived at a place, where the c … [Read more...]

“He Descended Into Hell?” Hell No, Because Hell? No.

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This is the fourth post in a series called: “This Collar Is Too Tight: Heresies From a Southern Minister.” You can read the first post here. The short explanation of this series is this: the institutionalized Church spends a lot of time defining who’s in and who’s out. Biblically, I find that a lot of the “measures” used don’t hold up. I’m making the argument for a larger acceptance of theological diversity in the Christian Church.  Every Sunday of the year, in churches around the world … [Read more...]

Would You Like Living Wages To Go With That? The Biblical Bias For A Living Wage.

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 Congratulations United States! We officially have one of the most dehumanizing minimum wages of the 26 richest countries in the world.Hurrah.To be fair the Czech Republic and Estonia are worse than we are, but, don't worry, I can't help but believe we will catch them soon.The bottom line of this chart is that in the U.S., our system does not pay those earning minimum wage “a living wage.”That means there are 3.5 million people in the U.S. who have jobs but don't ear … [Read more...]

10 FACEBOOK Things That Make The Baby Jesus Cry

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Ready for a shocker? Jesus didn't use Facebook.I know, right?Sure, God uses Facebook, but Jesus never used it.(Is it wrong that I love Facebook's God more than I love the God some churches talk about?)Since he never used Facebook, it's a little difficult to perfectly predict what Jesus would and wouldn't have done, but most of the things on the list are pretty safe bets.Most of them are said a little tongue in cheek.Let me repeat that: Most of them are said a little … [Read more...]

Not Born to a Virgin – Why I Don’t Believe in the Virgin Birth

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This is the third post in a series called: “This Collar Is Too Tight: Heresies From a Southern Minister.” You can read the first post here. The short explanation of this series is this: the institutionalized Church spends a lot of time defining who’s in and who’s out. Biblically, I find that a lot of the “measures” used don’t hold up. I’m making the argument for a larger acceptance of theological diversity in the Christian Church.   Let me tell you the tale of a great Savior. … [Read more...]

10 MORE Things Churches Can’t Do While Following Jesus

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First, let's just be clear: I'm not saying it is impossible to do these things if you're following Jesus.But, I am saying that if you are doing these things you aren't following Jesus while you do them – because they aren't what Jesus would do.Not all churches are doing these things, but there's enough who are that it's more than worth talking about.Also, this is also not meant to be a complete list or even a “Top Ten” list. After all, I've already written a list of 10 other things (w … [Read more...]

No Trinity For Me, Please

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 This is the second post in a series called: “This Collar Is Too Tight: Heresies From a Southern Minister.” You can read the first post here. The short explanation of this series is this: the institutionalized Church spends a lot of time defining who's in and who's out. Biblically, I find that a lot of the “measures” used, don't hold up. I'm making the argument for a larger acceptance of theological diversity in the Christian Church. As a Christian, I'm a follower of Jesus. … [Read more...]


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