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When Sermons Trump Neighbors…

Can we settle something once and for all? Being a Christian does not give you permission to be an ass. I know that’s a harsh word, and that might cause some of you to twinge a bit. But it’s really the only way to describe the way we posture and position ourselves to be the […]

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The Stories That Have Recently Shaped Me…

Life is better when we listen. I get a lot of ideation, inspiration, and agitation from Twitter – and so I thought it might be fun to share what’s made my radar over the past fews weeks. Who knows, maybe this will be a regular thing here. Or maybe not. Anyway – this is the […]

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On Why The Gospel Is Better Than Heaven

I used to believe that the core message of Christianity is about what happens after you die – about heaven, hell, and the judgment that precedes it all. The Gospel seemed little more than an eternal nest egg. As I understood, Jesus died on a cross so that God wouldn’t be too disappointed with me […]

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On Church Fights and Frustrations…

Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father will enter. – Jesus of Nazareth Much has been made of that statement, and other narrow-road passages like it, in an attempt to defend the closed doors and heavy yokes of […]

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Grace, Not Talking Points (a Petition)…

Grace, not talking points. Because on the other side of our arguments are stories. Stories of men and women ]crying into the night, praying faithfully without much of a whisper from God. People with sad hearts hiding behind polite smiles, desperately clinging on while waiting for a miracle. Our arguments ignore the millstones around their […]

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Dear Church – or, Whatever We Are (a Response)…

I’ll be honest. Today, I want to write a biting, snarky post directed to the correcting Christian. The Christian who sees it as their God-given calling to correct everyone else’s theology – the ones who set out to “defend the faith,” or, more accurately, to control the faithful. Why? Because a few of those Christians responded predictably […]

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