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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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What I’m Reading/Skimming or Just Finished

  Note:  Leigh Stein’s collection of Poems may just be my favorite collection of poems.  These poems may not appeal to everybody but they appeal to me, someone whose mind goes in a million directions.  I highly recommend Stein’s Dispatch from the Future.  It is a make you laugh out loud collection of poems.  
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What Gay People Really Don’t Like

  If you really want to know what gay people really don’t like listen to them. In case you are one of those heterosexual homophobes who would not be caught dead listening to a gay person (knowingly listening to a gay person, that is) then I thought I’d do you a favor and LGBT people
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Scalia Was Wrong About The Constitution

Justice Scalia was wrong about the constitution.  He was an originalist.  According to Scalia, “The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means today not what current society, much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, but what it meant when it
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Panda-monium: God’s Protection, First Sunday in Lent Sermon

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Reader 1: When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you,
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What Does It Mean To Be Church/Christians When People With A Lot of Money Have This Kind of Influence?

(The first part of this blog post is adapted from The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election by Nicholas Confessore, Sarah Cohen and Karen Yourish in The New York Times.) They are overwhelmingly white, rich, older and male. Across a sprawling country, they reside in an archipelago of wealth. They live in exclusive neighborhoods dotting
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Jesus Comics: quote by Texas, Agriculture Secretary, Sid Miller – evaluating the words of others by putting them in the mouth of Jesus


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Why I Profile

  I profile based on past experience.  I profile because I know the profilee.  I profile because if I don’t I have major messes to clean up. Layla is my wonderful granddog, but she is a chewer.  It’s the Beagle in her.  She’s a rescue dog so we don’t know exactly what kind of dog
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Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is worse than Bernie Sanders

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is worse than Bernie Sanders. According to Bernie, “the issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time.”  In Bernie’s view, “there is something profoundly wrong
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For Christians, Faith and Politics Can’t Be Separated

For Christians, faith and politics can’t be separated.  Our faith is our politics.  Our politics is our faith.  God cares about everything that happens on this earth and so should we.  There is not a political sphere and there is not a faith sphere.  God created the earth and all that is therein. While faith
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Jesus Comics: Ted Cruz quote – putting the words of people into the mouth of Jesus to evaluate them


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Advent Sermon: He Said, She Said: Getting Out of Jail

Philippians 1:3-11 I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion
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Jesus Comics – Trump quote on waterboarding


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Jesus Comics – Jesus loves his AK-47


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Pray This Prayer With Me: Let This Day Be The Advent Of . . .

God, Let this day be the advent/the arrival of people wanting to do something good with their life. For the person who has lived solely to please others, including people who can’t be pleased, let this day be the advent of the feeling that their life finally belongs to them. Not the next day or the
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Goofed-Up Bible Luke 102:11-16 Jesus Refuses To Provide A Theme For Worship

Luke 102:11-15 After a long day of healing the sick and feeding the hungry, as the sun set, Jesus and his disciples gathered around a fire in which fish were being cooked.  Always the planner, Peter spoke up, “Jesus, can you provide us a theme for tomorrow’s worship?”  Jesus rebuked Peter, “I shall not give
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Jesus Comics: Joel Osteen quote about money


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Jesus Comics: President Obama quote on Syrian Refugees- sometimes what someone says sounds just like Jesus


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There once was a young mother who was struggling . . .

Jet LeBlanc, a Wedgewoodian, shared this amazing story during Missions Sunday at Wedgewood Church.  Jet leads our Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich ministry for the homeless.  Every other Sunday we make PB&J sandwiches for homeless people in Charlotte after worship.  At 3 pm, the sandwiches, along with other food and drink provided by others, are
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Jesus Comics: Quote by Donald Trump – evaluating the words of people by placing them in the mouth of Jesus


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Jesus Comics: The War On Christmas


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Pray this Prayer With Me – Inspired by Marcella Althaus-Reid, author of The Queer God and Indecent Theology

God, Allow us to look up Your skirt and see that You do not have the male package. Enable us to admit that  You are a stranger at the gates of our economic order. Broaden our minds to understand the oddity of Jesus as a Messiah against the normal or common sense. Give us the
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Liberalrev gives a shout-out for Donald Trump

I’ve never had a reason to do a shout-out for Donald Trump until today.  There’s so much to dislike and disapprove of when it comes to The Donald.  Today, however, I heard an interview of Donald Trump in which he warned against the dangers of alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.  That, in my opinion, deserves a
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Jesus Comics – putting words into Jesus’ mouth to evaluate them – imagine Jesus using Rand Paul’s words before feeding the 5,000


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Jesus Comics: Sarah Palin quote – just when you think Sarah can’t get worse – putting words into Jesus’ mouth to evaluate them


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Why Go To Church When You Know You Are Going To Cry?

Why Go To Church When You Know You Are Going To Cry? All Saints’ Day John 11:17-36 When Jesus arrived, he found Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When
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ISIS (and Christians): Art Destroyers

ISIS destroys art it seems just about every chance it gets.  In the photo above ISIS destroyed irreplaceable antiquities in Iraq.  One of the pieces was estimated to be 2,700 years old.  What ISIS is doing is awful. Christians have destroyed their share of art too.  “When Christianity became the dominant religion of the Roman
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Jesus Comics- putting quotes in Jesus’ mouth to evaluate them – Donald Trump’s hard life


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Sermon: Why Didn’t Somebody Give Job Some Celexa?

Can anybody do a good Eeyore impression? Eeyore always sounded depressed. I’m going to try to read this text in the most depressed voice I can do. Job 23:2-9, 16-17 23:2 “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. 23:3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that
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You Are Not Going To Believe How Stupid I Am (Or Maybe You Will)

You are not going to believe how stupid I am (or maybe you will).  I am a disgrace to my Southern heritage, which, for the record, I’m not really into. Last night I had a craving for one of my favorite foods, pinto beans.  Please don’t mess them up with onions and please mash a
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Jesus Comics: Jeb Bush quote in response to Oregon Massacre (Putting words of people into Jesus’ mouth to help evaluate them)


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Pray This Prayer With Me: The Dead or Dying Time

God, For some of us it’s the dead or dying time, which is the time when a lot of our loved ones are either dead or dying. It’s difficult.  It’s depressing.  It’s agonizing. We are grateful for life, but understand if we would have drawn up life differently than you created it to be. There’s
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Hey Republican Conservative Christians, Where Are Your Scissors? (Think Thomas Jefferson)

Hey Republican Christians, where are your scissors? If you listen to Republican Christians you would think all the founding fathers think just like them.  Makes you wonder if they ever heard of Thomas Jefferson. I’m in Washington, D.C. to officiate at a wedding and I’m finding myself particularly grateful for Thomas Jefferson.   Jefferson, unlike
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The Resignation of John Boehner Scares Me as Much as a Liberal Rev Probably Scares Some People

The resignation of John Boehner scares me.  The resignation of John Boehner scares me because it indicates just how much power and influence conservative Republicans have.  Conservative Republicans really scare me.   Conservative Republicans probably scare me as much as a liberal Rev scares conservative Republicans. For the record, I am a liberal Christian and
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What I Learned From Women Who Dumped Me

Just got back from a wonderful vacation to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.  Wow!  The United States has incredible national parks. Nothing like good scenery to make a great vacation.  Throw in some good books and you’ve got an off the chart vacation. While enjoying the Teton sunset and sunrise, Yellowstone’s bison
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One of the two best Easter sermons I’ve ever heard

This Easter sermon by Rob Manning-Osborn (Mia Manning-Osborn) is one of the two best Easter sermons I’ve ever heard. The other was by Michael Banister (Elaine Banister). Both Rob and Mike, fyi, are non-clergy. Sorry, Rob, it took me so long to post this. It’s been a fun, but very busy time at Wedgewood this
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United Church Church of Christ Extravagant Welcome Saves A Life

The United Church of Christ extends an extravagant welcome that changes the world. Here is a story which was told by Darrell Renfroe at Wedgewood Church yesterday about how a UCC extravagant saved his life. My Extravagant Welcome Story I grew up Southern Baptist in South Georgia. My mother was the church pianist, Sunday school
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What Happened When My Brother, Rev. Dr. Steve Ayers, Baptized A Gay Couple

    My brother, Rev. Dr. Steve Ayers, pastor of McGill Baptist in Concord, North Carolina, is a hero of mine.  He’s a hero for many reasons, but no reason more than his actions related to LGBT equality many years before the gay rights movement took off. When a gay couple asked to be baptized
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Jesus Comics – quote from Teleevangelist Creflo Dollar, Jr


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Needed: Virtual Church and House Churches for LGBT Christians Who Live In Rural Areas

For years I have been aware of a great need on the part of LGBT Christians who live in rural areas of the United States.  Several times a year I will get a phone call, Facebook message, or email asking me of a church similar to the one I serve as pastor that the person
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Jesus Comics – Ben Carson quote


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Jesus Comics – Bernie Sanders quote


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Writing Prayers Without Underwear And Looking Up God’s Skirt (In memory of Marcella Althaus-Reid)

The most important theologian in the last 50 years has been Marcella Althaus-Reid. Marcella grew up in Buenos Aires, where she graduated with a BA in Theology from the ISEDET ecumenical theological institution in Buenos Aires. Marcella engaged in community and social projects in impoverished neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Due to her experience and accomplishments, Althaus-Reid
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Jesus Comics – Mike Huckabee quote – what we need to do


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Why Don’t You Try Arguing With God?

Do you argue too much?  Do you argue enough?  Do you argue with God? Arguing with God turns out to be a Jewish tradition.  There are plenty of other examples of arguing/struggling with God.  “Abraham argues with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah and ‘convinces’ God to spare the cities for the sake
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Jesus Comics (President Obama quote on convicts)


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Jesus Comics (quote by Marcella Althaus-Reid, author of The Queer God)


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Pray This Prayer With Me – Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (adapted, ecology prayer)

Creator God, Mercy mercy me Things ain’t what they used to be, no no Where did all the blue skies go? Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east Mercy, mercy me, mercy father Things ain’t what they used to be, no no Oil wasted on the ocean and upon
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Jesus Comics (Pope Francis quote on Capitalism) – sometimes a quote sounds just like Jesus


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Pray This Prayer With Me (Help – Sung by Tina Turner)

Dear God and friends, When I was younger, so much younger than today Never needed anybody’s help in anyway Now those days are gone and I’m not so self-assured Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors Help me if you can, I’m feeling down And I do appreciate you being
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Jesus Comics (quote from Representative Wendell G. Gilliard on Confederate flag) sometimes Jesus comics quotes feature a quote that sounds exactly like Jesus


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