November 15, 2018

Is This the Future of Our Church? And, I mean, is it necessarily a bad thing? Before we begin here we need to differentiate between the Church and the institution we’ve labeled as the Church. It’s the cliche in which we’ve heard one too many times: Church isn’t a building. Seemingly, the racial and generational monopoly older whites refuse to relinquish over the Church is what will lead to the institution’s demise. While the next two generations to come along… Read more

November 7, 2018

The Subversive Part of Jesus All of us Have Seemed to Miss You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you… Read more

November 5, 2018

If Jesus Was a Republican… “It’s a story, a great story, really tremendous. Maybe the greatest story ever told, if you think about it. Bigly story, believe me.” – Jesus, probably [1] In my last post, I briefly posed the question, “Why is helping the poor considered ‘liberal’?” The question was rhetorical but, this video hilariously gives us an answer to it… “GOP Jesus” It’s one of those videos that’s hard for us to not passive-aggressively share with our GOP… Read more

November 3, 2018

What’s So “Progressive” About Me? When I meet up with folk that have maybe followed me for a while online or, have been loosely acquainted with me “in real life” (IRL) what surprises them the most is that after an hour or so of getting to know me they find that I’m not as “progressive” or “liberal” as they once thought of me. And, it’s honestly gotten me thinking… What even makes me so “liberal”? The assumptions are understandable, from… Read more

October 30, 2018

Does the Reformation Still Matter? 501 years ago today Martin Luther nailed a list of grievances to the church door in Wittenberg, a little town in the Holy Roman Empire. Luther expected a theological debate on the finer points of discipleship and purgatory. What he got was a history rupturing revolution. We are all today, Protestant or Catholic, beneficiaries of Luther’s legacy. But does that story still matter for us? Does the story of a German monk, a French lawyer,… Read more

October 25, 2018

  The presence of grace does not imply the absence of cost; while, the presence of cost does not mean you need to tolerate abuse.  Growing up I always felt like this verse was harsh: 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on… Read more

October 18, 2018

Is There Forgiveness for Abusive Men? The Internet is ruthless, these days… it’s accentuated this culture of outrage. But, considering the history of our church and the pain of those who have suffered because of this history I mean, it’s understandable. The Internet has virtually derailed the careers of megachurch pastors, and even toppling a few of their “kingdoms,” left and right. With Mars Hill Church closing, Perry Noble being fired, Bill Hybels and Andy Savage’s recent resignations, and then… Read more

October 10, 2018

The Efficacy of Prayer [I want to say upfront, I have a bias; in that, I’m not at all anti-prayer. So, when I’m writing this I am purposely trying to empathize with those whom are anti-prayer in attempt to see their view] A few years ago I collapsed while playing basketball… It was scary, mostly for others because, well, I was unconscious but, shortly thereafter, once I regained consciousness and my confusion had worn off I had been told someone… Read more

October 9, 2018

The Monetization of Mass Shootings: What Happens When Industries Start to Profit From Mass Shootings? It’s bizarre in that summers been well over by now for a couple of months… Which means school is back in session. Most of us have done tornado, hurricane, or even emergency fire drills… but, as we know, children and teenagers alike are now having to practice mass shooting drills… Does bullet proofing school materials unnecessarily contribute to the hysteria surrounding school shootings? Read more

October 8, 2018

Are We Supposed to be Codependent on God? You know versions of God are “man-made” when God seems to be, oddly, co-dependent upon our attention, love, and relationship with Him. Really, it’s an unconscious reflection of the fallible men who created God in their own image. So, I’ve been reading this book, err, devotional titled “Christian Perfection.” It’s written by a guy named François Fénelon – it’s weird to be reading Christian literature post my exodus from western Christianity. It’s… Read more

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