May 11, 2013

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala   When I stepped off the boat in San Pedro La Laguna, I was greeted by a giant poster proclaiming, “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father but through him.”  Now, I have been a Christian long enough to know that posters reciting variations of John 14:6 usually are not placed by people inviting dialogue about the ins and outs of spirituality.  There is no question that… Read more

May 5, 2013

What is Love?  Everything.   What is God?  Everything.   1 John 4: 8 argues, “If you don’t know love you don’t know God for God is love.”   We are created in the image of love, the very image of God, the very image of everything.  So, why can’t we love other people?  Why can’t we see the God in them?  Why are we so closed off?  Perhaps, it has to do with the fact that we can’t find… Read more

April 28, 2013

I spent most of my early life terrified of Jesus.  Our church taught about hell much more than it taught about grace and mercy.  We seemed to learn much more about the Book of Revelation and getting left behind by God than we learned about the Gospels and the message of Jesus.  To make a long story short, I don’t want to have much to do with the traditional Jesus of my youth.  I am still afraid of that Jesus. … Read more

April 21, 2013

This has been a difficult week.   In Boston, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Sean Collier, and eight-year-old Martin Richard were all killed in a heinous crime spree.   In West, Texas, 14 people were killed.  Most of them first responders and firefighters, just like my dad.   We mourn and hurt for those killed.  We long for justice to take the place of the injustice of lives cut short.  Who are we to be in such times?  What are we… Read more

April 14, 2013

What does hope look like?   Can you smell it?  Can you hear it?  Can you taste it?  Can you hold it?  Can you see it?   I held a bottle of pills in my hand one time.  I unscrewed the cap.  I put the pills in my mouth.  I was a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I lived in an apartment on campus.  I lived in a place where we were supposed to be taught about a… Read more

April 7, 2013

What is love?   People have been asking this question for a long time.  How do you define love?  I think the best answer that I have ever heard is: “I know it when I feel it.”  I think it is far easier to tell someone what love is not, rather than what love is.  Nevertheless, let us first survey common definitions of love found in traditional models of church.   Often time for our more traditional brothers and sisters,… Read more

March 31, 2013

  We begin with the word queer.  What does this controversial word mean?   The definition of the word queer at a very basic level is something that is not normative.  Ours and other societies throughout human history have sought to normalize human beings.  We want everyone to be easy to figure out.  We want everyone to fit labels and categories.   Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends know well the many pressures of normativity.  Why can’t you just… Read more

March 31, 2013

  We begin with the word queer.  What does this controversial word mean?   The definition of the word queer at a very basic level is something that is not normative.  Ours and other societies throughout human history have sought to normalize human beings.  We want everyone to be easy to figure out.  We want everyone to fit labels and categories.   Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends know well the many pressures of normativity.  Why can’t you just… Read more

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