June 17, 2021

Guest post today by one of my favorite writers, Jana Greene, of The Beggars Bakery. Recipe for Spiritual Reconstruction: Take one lifetime of Old Time Religion. Stir in two cups of Fear-Based Theology. Sprinkle in 2 tbsp of unintentional judginess, three tbsp of Obviously I’m Right, work through dough. Add additional The Bible CLEARLY Says! to taste. While religious “dough” is trying to rise, but just kind of petering out, prepare in a shofar – I mean BOWL: Two cups… Read more

May 6, 2021

God describes himself as patient, kind, gracious, and merciful nine times in the Old Testament. He also describes himself as one who, “relents from doing harm.” How many times have you and I imagined God as this cosmic stepfather who is just waiting for us to screw up so he can smite us down? Fundamental conservatives love to draw attention to the wrath of God, particularly in these “last days” that they love to talk about among themselves. From my… Read more

May 4, 2021

Hello. My name is Todd. I’m a man. A human male. In the 21st century. I have watched you for many years. When I was a boy, I was fascinated by Gloria Steinem and the whole “Women’s Lib” movement. I remember hearing the men in our family dismiss the movement saying things like, “We let them vote…what else do they need?” I have watched you graduate college and take on the 80-hour workweek while getting your kids to school and soccer… Read more

April 26, 2021

Do you ever feel worthless? Do you feel like no one notices you? Walk outside today. Do you hear the birds singing? They are doing that just for you. Take a walk. Do you see the wind-blown flower petals on the ground? They were placed there just for you to walk on. Ever seen a butterfly? They are there to remind you that your cocoon of defeat is not permanent. You can and will become more. You’re not worthless or… Read more

April 20, 2021

Years ago, when I was in seminary, I came home from class to change clothes for my security job. I walked in looking for my children. I wanted to make sure I kissed everybody goodbye since they would all be asleep when I got home. I looked outside and didn’t see them. My son Cody, aged four at the time, rode up on his bike. I hugged him and asked him, “Where are your sisters?” He shrugged his shoulders. I… Read more

April 17, 2021

As we reconstruct our faith, I believe it is essential to spend some time with authentic fear and understand how it can work against us as we seek to evolve and grow spiritually through reconstruction. Let’s look at two misunderstood verses that deal with fear. Ecclesiastes 12:13 When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. In this verse, the word fear is… Read more

April 16, 2021

Most of us are afraid of something. I have a crippling fear of heights. I think my fear is more of falling from great heights than the height itself. I have no idea when or why this fear manifested. Another fear of mine is losing control. I have a neurotic need to be in control of my faculties and surroundings. It’s regulated now…mostly. Have you ever stopped to think about why you fear certain people, places, or things? Is it… Read more

April 13, 2021

Koinonia is commonly defined as fellowship. This fellowship is with God but more commonly with other believers. In the twenty-first century the word fellowship is associated with spending time with others. You can have a Sunday School fellowship, which is usually a potluck dinner  in someone’s home. There are usually games and lots of laughter. Fellowship could be a night at the bowling alley. Laughter, conversation, maybe a beer and a hot dog, and even a little harmless competition can… Read more

April 11, 2021

What if prayer were like a cosmic ATM card, and you receive this message? A recent conversation with a dear friend left me befuddled. He made a statement that really gave me pause. He said, “Christ’s love is boundless, but not enough to change the human heart.” Not enough? Insufficient? We were talking about the awful posts and comments we are bombarded with in this Information Age. The words spoken between total strangers, hiding behind a screen, paints an ugly… Read more

April 11, 2021

I’m a lower middle class white male. I always have been. When we talk about “privilege,” we are not referring to wealth. The privilege is that I have always been able to cross the street, take a walk, marry a white woman, and vote — all of which I can do without worrying for my life. Ever. Another jewel in my non-racist crown is that I have as many black friends as white — maybe more. I love them all… Read more

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