adminChristopher Ayers

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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It’s really hard for me to believe you believe “all lives matter”

You say “all lives matter” in response to “black lives matter,” but if you really believe “all lives matter”: Why is your church so segregated? Why are you public schools so segregated? Why do black children go to bad schools? Why do you live in such comfort when so many people are homeless? Why do
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“How To Love The Church and Rich People” or “Rich People Can Be Really Harmful To A Church”

Clarence Jordan, who founded in 1942 in Americus, Georgia an interracial community named Koinonia Farm, tells a story about how big givers in a community can be dangerous for a community and for themselves. He writes: We had a lady one time come and visit us at Koinonia. She was a very lonely lady. I’d
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The Christians Can Get Really Pissy: The Story of Why Some Wedgewoodians Despised Donna Carter

The Christians can get really pissy, and perhaps they are pissiest when it comes to their worship preferences, which they equate with the one true way to worship. In 1989 I became the pastor of Wedgewood Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which, believe it or not, was a progressive/liberal church. Wedgewood had women deacons,
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“Pastor Chris, I love you but your sermon was awful” (Note: She was right!)

During the post-ritual worship ritual of greeting the preacher Rev. Jane Esdale in as polite of a way as she could do it informed me I had just preached an awful sermon.  I immediately asked Jane if she would share with me and the congregation her thoughts.  Rev. Esdale convinced me never to use the
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Sermon: Why My Paternal Grandfather Punched My Maternal Grandfather (Faith & Politics)

    Has anyone seen the amazing Hamilton musical on Broadway? Didn’t think so. Tickets are going for $1,000. Of course, for 1,000 buckaroos you will, among other things, get to see a reenactment of the infamous Burr–Hamilton duel, as in gun duel.   Aaron Burr, the sitting Vice President of the United States, and Alexander Hamilton,
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“My Goal Is To Treat People Like My Golden Retriever Treats Them”

Yesterday I was on the golf range at Raintree Country Club with Rev. Marsha Tegard. I’ve become Marsha’s golf instructor. Pray for Marsha. Marsha and her wife, Andrea, started attending Wedgewood Church six months ago. Last Sunday Marsha rang our Tibetan Tinghsa Bells as people shared their celebrations and prayer concerns. Marsha, who is transgender,
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Jesus Comics – Bushmaster ad for AR-15, increasingly the gun of choice for America’s mass shooters – putting words in Jesus’ mouth to evaluate them


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Jesus Comics (Donald Trump quote) – putting words into Jesus’ mouth to evaluate them


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If

  This is a photo of me in 1975 when I led my high school’s conference in points per game (18), assists per game (7), rebounds by a guard (10), free throw percentage (90%), and minutes played (38.5). I also have the record for telling the biggest lie in 2016. But for the record, if
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One More Hurt For My Trans Friend

There they were, in a line, a long line, lined up waiting to be anointed with oil by the first Roman Catholic transgender priest (who wishes to remain anonymous/not named on Facebook/internet). A line of broken individuals, broken by life and health and circumstances and other people, seeking healing of mind, body and spirit. Nothing
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My First Experience With Weird

  My parents fell in love with Daytona Beach, Florida and so our annual vacation was to Daytona Beach, the beach you could drive your car on. Every year for fifteen years – Daytona Beach. It was our home away from home. Same route, same stops (for the most part), same beach, same hotel. We
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I Love Vagina

Tina and Sarah, two gay women, were on a trip to Texas with Tina’s elderly mother. As fate would have it, they pulled up behind a car with two lesbians in it. The bumper sticker on the car read “I Love Vagina,” which sent Tina and Sarah into non-stop laughter. During the midst of the
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Make Your Mom Happy But Not Too Happy

Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my mother since my wife and I got a new refrigerator last week.  Seventeen years  ago we did an addition to our home and when mom saw the addition, which included a revamp of our kitchen, she commented, “Why didn’t you get rid of
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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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