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...]

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


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...]

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...]

Jesus Is Not My God

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This is the first post in a series called: “This Collar Is Too Tight: Heresies From a Southern Minister.” Most institutionalized Churches define who is and who isn't a Christian far too narrowly. There is an increasingly long list of tenets to which a person must dogmatically adhere in order to be in the club. The thing is... I don't believe a whole lot of them. I even find many of them to be biblically inaccurate. I've decided to address them one by one because I've discovered that there are a l … [Read more...]

Pope Being Poo-pooed By GOP For Being Too Much Like Jesus

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I can't think of a Pope who has made a bigger impact, brought more hope and sounded more like Jesus than Pope Francis.It's no secret that I'm a big fan. I even Facebook-lifted a hashtag I saw on Diana Butler Bass' page that I use all the time now: #popecrush.And now he's coming to the United States!The first Pope from the Americas is coming to the U.S.This is very exciting.So exciting, in fact, that a bi-partisan resolution has been presented to Congress that would … [Read more...]

I Want My Religion Back – You Can Keep the Ugly Baggage

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I don't like telling people I'm a Christian.It's not that I'm ashamed of being a Christian; I'm not – at all. It is just that the word “Christian” comes with so much ugly baggage.Telling someone I'm a Christian means I must immediately follow it up with, “but not that kind of Christian.” It's like saying, “Yeah, sure, these are some mind bogglingly ugly suitcases, but I've got the coolest stuff on the inside of them. No, really, I do.”It's just not worth the effort; and, frankly, I'm … [Read more...]

Unto the Refugees, So Too Unto Me — How You Can Help

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“I didn't come here because I wanted a job... I came here because I wanted to live.”These are the words from an undocumented immigrant here in the U.S. When I heard them, they struck me to my core. They could have easily been the words of Mary, mother of Jesus, as they fled to Egypt during his childhood.“We just wanted to live.”As Christians, our tradition, our faith, our roots, are all tied up in an immigrant identity – or at least they should be. Reaching back to Adam and Eve, and t … [Read more...]

Jesús and the Attempted Exodus: A U.S. Border Tragedy

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(Sometimes fiction helps us see past our blind spots and get to the heart of a matter. I don't typically write fiction, but this time I felt like it was calling for it. Much has been written about the humanitarian and even biblical call to care for the children at the U.S/Mexican border – even the Pope has helped give us perspective [#popecrush #on]. I wanted to humanize the story in order to get at the realities beneath it without predefining sides. The following is a work of short fiction, not … [Read more...]