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Are Christians Really So Blind?

I think God has wondrous sense of irony. The same week that World Vision changes their policy on hiring married gay or lesbian persons and there is a huge conservative uproar including many long time sponsors dropping their children and then¬†World Vision backing down from their policy change, the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading is […]

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First, Do No Harm: Ducks, Gays, and the Christian Response

I tried. I really, really tried to avoid the whole Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty, GQ comment fiasco. I tried mainly because I was tired of seeing Phil Robertson’s face every time I logged onto Facebook or Twitter. However, now that Christmas has come and gone and I’ve had some time to watch this thing evolve […]

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I AM a Small Church Pastor and Proud of It

Bishop Willimon’s article stirred up a hornet’s nest in the Metho-blogosphere. (I am pretty sure that was his intent.) I have already responded to certain parts of the good Bishop’s article, but I wanted to take another opportunity to further discuss what he had to say. Bishop Willimon describes the small church as “an exclusively […]

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I See Love: Good Friday Homily

Some see a Jew dying at the hand of the powerful Roman Empire. Some see a prisoner alone, denied, and abandoned by his friends. Some see a troublemaker getting his just desserts. Some see a peacemaker whose words of love were rejected by the World. Some see a dreamer wasting his life on what could […]

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God Cannot Be Removed

Rachel Held Evans wrote an excellent post this morning that inspired this post. Her thinking is very similar to my thinking and so our conclusions may be similar, but I wanted to express my own thoughts on this subject. One of first questions asked after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is the same questions asked […]

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Keep Calm and Eat Mor Chikin or Don’t

The latest controversy to sweep over the country, including the Christian blogosphere, is due to recent comments by Chick-fil-a President Dan Cathy that are in support of a “Biblical definition of the family unit” (I wonder if that includes the use of concubines) and his opposition to same-sex marriage. This has created an outrage among […]

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Where Are The “Good” Christians?

This question, posed by Muslim American comedian and writer Dean Obeidallah, on CNN’s opinion page caught my attention this afternoon. Dean gives examples of extreme “Christians” speaking out against Islam, homosexuality, and other hot button topics. These include an incident where “Christians” went to an Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan with a pig’s head on […]

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Tennessee Annual Conference 2012: Day One

This afternoon marked the opening of the 2012 session of the Tennessee Annual Conference which marks the 200th anniversary of our conference. Along with the usual rigmarole, there will be special services and people in historical dress.¬† I’ll have to be honest and admit that I missed the afternoon session, but I was present for […]

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Fear, Hate, and Ignorance are a Dangerous Combination

On May 9, 2012, a day after voters in North Carolina passed a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, President Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage. Although he went on to say that the matter should be left up to the states, it was a historical moment and a victory for […]

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John Piper Twisted Theology on Twisters

Almost every time there is a natural disaster there is a Christian leader who tries to explain it as God’s punishment for whatever region it befalls. Last Friday there was a historic outbreak of tornadoes and severe weather that claimed 39 lives and countless homes and businesses. Today mega-church pastor and “theologian” John Piper posted […]

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