July 1, 2019

In the story, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah not because of homosexuality, but because of the way those towns treated people migrating from one place to another. The story says God destroyed the cities because they refused to show hospitality to vulnerable strangers who were staying in their town. Can you see any relevance in this story for our modern world? Read more

June 28, 2019

“Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  These are some of the most blunt, difficult, and seemingly harsh words Jesus speaks. And as Pride Day approaches with this Gospel text on deck in the lectionary, I am thinking of all the people who have heard Jesus’s words twisted against them because of their gender or sexual identities. I am thinking of the ways Christians have used scripture out of… Read more

June 28, 2019

In this episode of Jesus Unmasked, Lindsey and Adam explore how Jesus challenges his own disciples to repent from their view of a violent god as he reveals the true God of nonviolent love. Read more

June 24, 2019

Our enemy is not flesh and blood. Our enemies are policies brought forth by any political party that dehumanize and even demonize our fellow human beings. Read more

June 22, 2019

    Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him.  This week’s Gospel reading, Luke 8: 26-39, follows a week that included Juneteenth. We know the Spirit is crying out to us when the story of the Gerasene demoniac falls so close to the anniversary of the partial and incomplete exorcism of our nation’s original sin of slavery. At a time when Congress is debating whether or not to even study… Read more

June 16, 2019

For too long God has been used as a weapon to attack people who look, think, and act differently. But in Christ we discover that God is not a weapon. We find that God is love. We find that no matter who you are or where you are from, God is She who delights in you. Read more

June 16, 2019

I vividly remember one of the few times I saw my dad cry. I don’t remember the details or the reason, but I remember the impression it left upon me. We were sitting in the car, and he was softly singing Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind.” And his voice choked on the lyrics, and tears started rolling down his cheeks. Maybe something was going on in the family, though if so I couldn’t guess what it was. Or, maybe… Read more

June 14, 2019

  Welcome to Jesus Unmasked! Formerly known as the “Girardian Virtual Bible Study,” “Jesus Unmasked” is a weekly exploration of scripture that delves into Jesus’s life and teachings. Over the centuries, Jesus has been obscured by prejudice and bigotry. God in flesh, crucified by human violence, has been invoked to inflict ever more violence on others. Racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and prejudice against people of other faiths have all been waged in the name of Jesus. These forms of fear… Read more

June 8, 2019

Show Show Notes Introduction to Acts 2:1-21 The Disciples gathered together in a house. Jews from all around the known world came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival of Shavuot. For those who spoke Greek, it was known as Pentecost. Shavuot celebrated the harvest, but also the day God gave the commandments to Moses. In Acts, as the people were gathered, tongues of fire came upon the disciples and they started speaking the same language as the other Jews… Read more

June 3, 2019

For Jesus, the glory of God is not the glory that comes with uniting against a common enemy. Rather, the glory of God is the glory of love that lifts us up into the divine life of God – that we might love all people and in doing so, that we might be one with God and with all of humanity. Read more

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