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...]

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...]

10 Things Christians Shouldn’t Do At Christmas

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Ah, Christmas! “The most wonderful time of the year.”A time to gather with family and friends and, with smiles on our faces, pretend we aren’t quietly measuring who received the best present and which of our relatives really, really needs to stop drinking.A time to hang tinsel and baubles from the tree, and time to hang up our hopes of losing that last 10 pounds this year.Such a joyous season!The real point here is that Christmas is what we make of it.For Christians, however, … [Read more...]

A Prayer For Election Day

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In Proverbs, we are reminded that Wisdom is a thing in which you delight daily. In the life and teachings of Jesus, we are reminded that loving others is one and the same as loving you.As we as a nation, a nation who boldly proclaims across the face of our currency that “In God We Trust,” approach yet another election cycle, we ask that you might inspire in us a deep seated desire to delight in wisdom rather than focus on party lines.May we be moved to a compassion for … [Read more...]

Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Quite a Lot: Review of Fury

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Fury is a film that pits humanity against the machines of war. It's a film which intentionally wears its angst-riddled heart on its sleeve simply for the sake of capturing a glimpse of life. It willingly casts aside any interest in preaching to you for the opportunity to show you the underbelly of war. It blatantly thumbs its nose at the long history of how war movies are typically crafted in Hollywood for the chance to give us something new that might change the way we conceptualize war.It … [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...]

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...]

Why Christians Must Speak Out For LGBT Rights Now More Than Ever

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I'm an ordained minster and haven't conducted a wedding in more than three years.It's kind of weird.It's not that I haven't been asked. It's just that about three years ago, I took a vow to sign no more marriage certificates “until all can wed.”Let me explain. My denomination, Presbyterian Church (USA), in 2011, had just voted to make it possible for someone who is gay to be ordained as a minister.As you might imagine, for those of us working toward equal rights for all people, it … [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...]


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