Reading the Bible Like Conservatives Read the Qur’an

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There's an unfortunately popular meme going around conservative social media depicting some horrific doctrines of “radical Islam and ISIS.”In at least one case, from the Conservative Post, the meme’s accompanied by a message suggesting all American Muslims should have to deny the doctrine listed or “leave our country” [my emphasis].The list includes things like: enslaving for sex, approval of beating slaves, and killing non-Muslims.This is an example of a hermeneutic (which is a fa … [Read more...]

How ISIS is Exposing the Hypocrisy of Many Christians

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ISIS is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad rebel group that claims to be associated with Islam but is no more Muslim than the KKK is Christian. ISIS members do absolutely horrific things including human rights abuses, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing.This group’s actions are an abomination.(Now please, let's not have anyone saying I'm defending ISIS by the end of this post. Inevitably some will, but please know I will simply refer them back to the first three sentences of this p … [Read more...]

God Will Not Determine the Outcome of the Super Bowl (I Hate That I Even Have To Write These Words)

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Stop giving glory to God after athletic events.You are going to make the baby Jesus cry.Honestly, you are going to make every version of Jesus cry (except for Republican Jesus). Republican Jesus wants you to give glory to God after utterly defeating another team. We'll get to why in just a minute.But first a little theological ground work.The “Providence of God” is fancy seminary talk for how involved God is on a day to day basis in making stuff happen. There are all kinds of b … [Read more...]

If You Aren’t a Little Bit Agnostic, You Might Not Be Progressive

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I prefer to use the word “agnostic” as an adjective rather than a noun.Here's origin of that preference: It starts with this video from one of my living heroes, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, in which he addresses the question of whether or not he is atheist.     If you didn’t watch the video – or maybe missed it, Dr. Tyson says:“...I would say, if I find a word that comes closest it would be agnostic. . . to refer to someone who does … [Read more...]

How the “I’m Special” Confirmation Bias Ruins the Bible

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The bumper sticker that jokingly says, “God loves us all, but I'm His favorite,” points to a much bigger problem that absolutely ruins much of what we read, (or, more precisely, interpret) from the Bible.Everybody wants to be loved. It's human nature to want to know that you matter to others. We all want to know that we are “special” to someone.One of the strengths of the Christian faith (among other faiths) is the confirmation that God loves you – that you are special.It is also one … [Read more...]

The Tradition a Heretic Values

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This is the fifth 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.   “Are you serious? You're going to go against a few thousa … [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...]

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...]

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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