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I am the luckiest pastor in the world. Churches which do not celebrate diversity and believe one's sexual orientation and gender identity are a sin (literally) do not know what they are missing.

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Pray This Prayer With Me – Joyless

God, We pray for those who have known pure joy but because of loss and tragedy doubt if they will ever experience pure joy again who have never really been joyful whose depression prevents even snippets of joy who have more than they can bear even though they’ve read a Bible verse indicating no one
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Predestination A Liberal Christian Can Believe In

Although predestination has its variants, predestination has typically been associated with the idea that God has chosen some to receive salvation and others to receive condemnation, an ideal abhorrent to liberal Christians who in response to such theological nausea flock to free will discourse.  I’m all for free will except I believe free will, in
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Pray This Prayer With Me – Arise, Get Out of Prison

God, We are prisoners of: limited imaginations distorted pasts crippling speech systemic ignorance deteriorating bodies hearts wounded, seemingly beyond healing a blend of fear, anxiety, and expecting the worst news because we’ve seen a lot of bad shit happen. Let us hear your voice today saying “Arise”.  
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Jesus Comics – quote from Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s President


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Jesus Comics: (Pope Francis quote – sometimes a quote sounds just like Jesus)


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The Repentance of the Rich

How often have we heard preachers preach about repentance? It is interesting that in the large volume of repentance preaching that repentance of the rich is hardly, if ever mentioned, except by liberal clergy. This despite repentance of the rich being an important theme in biblical texts. (Louise Schottroff, The Parables of Jesus) When is
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I’ve Never Believed In American Exceptionalism But Now I Believe in Norway Exceptionalism

I’ve been learning a lot about Norway the last few days.  My wife and I are fortunate to be hosting four people from Norway until next Thursday.  I’m now a believer in Norway exceptionalism.  Norwegians and Norway are very impressive. Although I’ve heard all my life that the United States is the greatest country on
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Jesus Comics: Sarah Palin quote on ISIS threat


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Pray This Prayer With Me: Save Us From Christians

God, The volcano erupted and death was in its path. Life changed, in a horrific, unbelievable instant. Futures incinerated. Save us from silver lining Christians. Save us from Christians with answers to questions that have no answers. Save us from Christians focusing on salvation when the volcano erupts and nothing, especially Christian doctrine, can soothe
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The Bible Does Not Say Anything

Non-talking Bible One, Christians do not agree on what books should be in the Bible. Two, we have a manuscript tradition.  We have to choose what manuscripts to use and they are not identical. Three, translation is more difficult than your high school and college language courses have led you to believe. Four, there are
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Sermon: How Many People Died On 9 11?

How many people died on 9 – 11? Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr. Edelmiro Abad Maria Rose Abad Andrew Anthony Abate Vincent Abate Laurence Christopher Abel William F. Abrahamson Richard Anthony Acet0 Jesus Acevedo Rescand Heinrich Bernhard Ackermann Paul Acquaviva Donald LaRoy Adams Patrick Adams Shannon Lewis Adams Stephen George Adams It’s a long list which
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Jesus Comics – Victoria Osteen quote


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What I’m Reading/Skimming – September 2014

  Dick Gregory’s Bible Tales, Dick Gregory Nigger:  An Autobiography, Dick Gregory with Robert Lipsyte African American Humor:  The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today, Edited by Mel Watkins The Preservationist, David Maine What Didn’t Kill Me Made Me Funny, Sally Baucke If Nuns Ruled the World:  Ten Sisters on a Mission, Jo Piazza
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Jesus Comics – Geraldo Rivera quote on ISIS butchers


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Sermon: The Rich Are Not Invited

  The Rich Are NOT Invited Luke 14:12-13 He (Jesus) said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when
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Jesus Comics: Al Mohler (fundy SBC) quote – looks like church just lost all its members :)


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Pray This Prayer With Me (For Those Who Stumble)

God, As we stumble, Fears may envelope us Self criticism may blanket us We may focus on the stumbles of others to feel better about ourselves, but once we turn our attention back to self A pattern of stumbles will emerge.  We will be able to connect some dots.  Curiosity will heal our soul. Truths, important
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Jesus Exploits Discrepancy In Scripture

We must be careful when we speak of Jesus.  There are four canonical gospels and they present four different Jesuses.  Nevertheless, it is interesting to note, as Chris Keith does in Jesus Against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict that Jesus was aware of discrepancies in Israel’s scripture and used such discrepancies to
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Predicting My Wife’s Bleak Future

  The author of Ecclesiastes was not the most optimistic chap on the block.   The author of Ecclesiastes wrote: The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.  2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,   vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What do people gain from all the toil   at which they toil under the sun? (1:1-3)
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Excerpts From My Brother’s Suicide Note – Remembering My Brother and Robin Williams

We are all disturbed by the suicide of Robin Williams. The juxtaposition of Robin’s death/depression/suicide and all the joy and laughter he brought into our lives is awkward. The suicide of a person can make you feel awkward. I speak from experience. My youngest brother committed suicide at the young age of 19. His death
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Prayers, God, for those who married high maintenance gardeners

Prayers, God, for those who married high maintenance gardeners. (I’m not mentioning any names.) Prayers for those who dig holes. Prayers for those who fill holes with premium soil, stinky mushroom compost, and Osmocote. Prayers for those whose  beloved placed a plant in a location but now decides it needs to be somewhere else. Prayers
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Jesus Comics: Robin Williams quote (about Gentiles)


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Transgender golfers can be a pain in the ass

  I called my transgender golf friend who is now living in Florida. I always call her when I have some golf matter to brag about. Well, I don’t actually have that much to brag about golf-wise, but I do call her about once a week. We had a lot of fun playing golf together
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Jesus Comics – Donald Trump on allowing U.S. Citizens with Ebola back into U.S.


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Why the United States Has Never Won A Peace (Hint: Christians)

The United States has been pretty good at winning wars.  However, name one peace the United States has ever won. According to Vine Deloria Jr, author of Custer Died For Your Sins the United States “has never made a successful peace because peace requires exchanging ideas, concepts, thoughts, and recognizing the fact that two distinct
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Sermon – The One (And Only Time) I Prevailed Against God

The One (And Only Time) I Prevailed Against God  Genesis 32:22-31 32:22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 32:23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 32:24 Jacob
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Pray This Prayer With Me (For People Who Don’t Feel They Have A Prayer)

A prayer, God, for human beings who don’t feel they have a prayer. A prayer, God, for people who know what it means to be obsessed. A prayer, God, for the confused who aren’t asking the rights questions and aren’t getting the right answers. A prayer, God, for folk willing to live with a lot
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Occupiers – In Palestine and United States

Let’s face it. Both Israel and the United States are occupiers. The Hebrew Bible even witnesses to ancient Israel invading a land that was occupied. And American history records native Americans were here long before European occupiers arrived. What would l like to see happen? I would like to see American Christians admit that we
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What I’m Reading/Skimming (August 2014)

  God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, September 9, 2003, by Vine Deloria Jr. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, January 1, 1969, by Vine Deloria Jr. The Gospel According to Luke: All Flesh Shall See God’s Salvation (Phoenix Guides to the New Testament), October 8, 2012, by Greg Cary Genesis:
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How To Get 210+ People To Leave A Church

Lead church to leave the Southern Baptist Convention. Engage in homeless ministry which involves having homeless people on church property, including participation in Sunday School, including serving communion. Lead church to practice the full equality of all people, including sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. Write prophetic articles, which were published in The Charlotte Observer,
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Jesus Comics (quote from Madeleine Albright) – sometimes a Jesus Comics quote fits


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Sermon – What Can Separate Us?

Romans 8:26-39 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 8:27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints
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Pray This Prayer With Me (A Prayer for those with volcanic lives)

God, Direct our eyes to what is coming out of the volcano: Fear, anger, mistrust, revenge, excessive frustration with others, financial stress, inability to forgive one’s self or others, addiction, obsession with controlling others, undeserved suffering, getting what we asked for, what goes around comes around, an endless flow of crap. Provide for us community,
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Palestinian/Israeli Conflict – History To Know

Excerpt from Genesis:  Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict by John B. Judis (a Jew who has no religious allegiance to Judaism) At a meeting in Basel during the Seventh Zionist Congress in 1905, Yitzhak Epstein, a teacher who had migrated to Palestine, raised what he called the ‘Hidden Question.’  Among
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Jesus Comics (Dick Cheney quote – military spending/food stamps)


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Some Disturbing Gay History You Should Know (Kill the Gays! Burn them! Stone them!)

Excerpt from Homosexuality & Civilization by Louis Crompton “Philo of Alexandria – the only ancient Jewish writer whose surviving works treat [homosexuality] in detail – could invite mob violence by urging that suspect effeminate men should not be allowed ‘to live for a day or even an hour.’ Unfortunately, with the ascendancy of Christianity, this
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A Hard Time For Liberals: Prayers For A Peace That Seems Impossible

It’s a hard time for liberal Christians. In our ears we hear holocaust screams, the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Christians throughout history, and the sound of in-coming missile alerts. We also hear the wailing of Palestinians, while not believing God would give any land as promised land that is occupied land any more than we believe
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Jesus Comics (Quote from Steve Green, Pres. of Hobby Lobby)


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Jesus Comics: Lindsay Graham quote on immigration


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Material Things Are Not Important But Some Are

My niece, Melissa Jane Ayers, got married this past Saturday to Matthew McDonough.  We really like Matthew and are thrilled he’s in the family.  And we are so happy Melissa is so happy. At Melissa and Matthew’s wedding my brother, Steve Ayers, read from a Bible he gave to my mother when he was a
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Pray This Prayer With Me (The Rattling of Ten Thousand Words)

God, We pray for those with the rattling of ten thousand words in their minds, and none of them good. Let there be an escape, a lifeline, a path to sanity and wholeness. Let the mind be a friend, and not an insurmountable obstacle. Amen. [The phrase “the rattling of ten thousand words” is from
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Jesus Comics (Ronald Reagan quote quoted by Dick and Liz Cheney)


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Jesus Comics (quote from Paul Wolfowitz – architect of Iraq war) – putting words in Jesus’ mouth to see how they come out


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Thank God for Freedom of Religion: Reflection on Iraq

Iraq is the battleground for a war between fundamentalist Muslims:  Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims.  The United States got in the middle of a war between fundamentalist Muslims.  Not very smart. Watching the religious conflict makes me thankful to live in a country which supports freedom of religion.  It could do a better job of
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I’m Betting George W. Bush Is Wrong

Did anyone really think the Iraqi war would establish democracy in Iraq or serve American interests for a lengthy period of time? Did anyone believe a war in Afghanistan could be won? As I write, the results of American intervention in Iraq are quickly being reversed. Will the United States learn its lessons? Let us
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Jesus Comics (quote from soldier in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon about Afghanistanians)


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Pray This Prayer With Me (For People With Ten Thousand . . . )

Prayers, God, for people with ten thousand sorrows ten thousand problems ten thousand messed up relationships ten thousand decisions to make ten thousand tasks to do at their job ten thousand bills to pay ten thousand medical conditions ten thousand regrets then thousand what-ifs ten thousand things to do for their children ten thousand rejections
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Al Sharpton’s Rebuke Of Homophobia in the Black Church

Al Sharpton in The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership provides a strong rebuke of homophobia in the black church. Below are excerpts from Al’s book which should be shared in every church, not just African American churches. Just like the rest of America, I have seen an enormous transformation over
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Mark 24:12-16 (Goofed-up Bible, Jesus Works On Sermon and Church Bulletin)

“It was Friday afternoon and Jesus’ sermon was not finished and neither was the bulletin for Sunday’s service.   At this time Peter, with John by his side, entered the room, saying, ‘Teacher, a crowd is gathering at the door. Some are begging for food.  Others cry out for healing.  Most have lost hope.  What
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Jesus Comics (great quote from Whoopi Goldberg in response to questions about her sexual orientation)


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