“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

This Collar is Too Tight

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...]

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...]

Question Mark: Q&A with Mark Sandlin

Question Mark

Question Mark -- Week of July 13  This is a new series I'm trying out on the blog.From time to time, I'll ask for questions on my personal Facebook page (feel free to friend request me). Based on nothing in particular, I'll pick five of them to answer.Admittedly, most of the questions deserve much more consideration than I can give them in a few paragraphs, but I think this could be a good place to start conversation and possibly to challenge some long held beliefs of what a … [Read more...]


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