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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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Excessive Police Force: The Tragic Death of Michael Brown

An unarmed, African-American, Michael Brown robs a convenience store, stealing cigars.  The unarmed Brown and his unarmed, African- American friend Dorian Johnson are walking down the middle of the street when white Police Officer Darren Wilson drove up and ordered them to move to the sidewalk. Brown and Wilson struggled through the window of the
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Jesus Comics (Erma Bombeck quote)


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Pray This Prayer With Me (I saw tears in his eyes)

God, I saw tears in his eyes. They were not tears of joy. They were tears of loss, huge loss of time relationships opportunities health I saw tears in his eyes and they were tears of loss. Prayers for him. Amen
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A Call To Christians To Complicate the Lives of Others – Be Sneaky

She looks harmless, friendly even.  She could pass for a librarian.  How many librarians have you met who seemed untrustworthy? A lady.  Retired.  Smiles.  Sings in the church choir.  Not the type you would suspect would complicate your life, but she’s a Christian and Christians have a way of complicating the lives of others.  Seems
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Pray This Prayer With Me – (God Knows)

God, You know our mind is like an unmade bed. You know we rarely do our best or our worst. You know we have a lot of critical thoughts about other people. You know we have questions and doubts, and more than a few about You. You know we aren’t theological patsies and don’t swallow
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Sermon: The Late Bridegroom

Matthew 25:1-13  ‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of
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Election Analysis Using Walter Brueggemann’s View On Prophets

According to Walter Brueggemann, as a counter to the royal consciousness, the prophets imagined familial metaphors for relationship with God and called for fidelity toward God and their neighbor with an appeal to creation, new birth, exodus, and covenant. How many people cast their vote in light of fidelity to God, fidelity to neighbor, with an view
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How Good Is The Good Shepherd?

Wedgewood Church and First Christian Church in Charlotte, NC are hosting Picturing the Parables of Jesus, a traveling exhibit of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).  Wayne Forte’s two paintings considering the Lost Sheep are two of the more provocative works in the exhibit. Originally part of an exhibition in Forte’s homeland, the Philippines, these
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Should Middle Class/Rich Christians Vote For Their Interest?

Representative Donna Edwards, reflecting on election results, noted that people vote their interests.  I think Rep. Edwards, unfortunately,  is right. Even though I’m not much of a Christian I find it problematic to vote for my interests, particularly economic interest.  The world is not just about me or people like me.  There are a lot
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Clergy Survey: Have you done any human/dog or human/ice cream weddings?

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professor of Christian ethics Daniel Heimbach made the following statement about the consequences of gay marriage. “It would lead people who love dogs to marry dogs and people who love ice cream to marry ice cream.” Calling out clergy to respond to this clergy survey.  Now that marriage between sexual orientation and
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Jesus Comics – wonderful quote by Pope Francis on creation


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Pollution Is Good For Human Health and Mother Earth

That headline obviously is not true.  Pollution in no instance is good for human health and Mother Earth.  In fact, the fact is pollution is harmful for human health and Mother Earth.  Somehow this important point gets missed in the Climate Change debate. Sarah Palin, who, ironically, is the former Governor of Alaska, a state
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United States Finishes Fifth – Not Good News At All

Global executions for 2013 China: 1,000+ Iran: 369+ Iraq: 169+ Saudi Arabia: 79+ United States: 39 Somalia: 34+ Sudan: 21+ Yemen: 13+ Japan: 8 Others: 42+ (in 12 countries) Source: Amnesty International At least Bush/Cheney are no longer authorizing torture/rendition.  Thank God for that.  
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What Therefore God Hath Joined Together: Remarks made at the Interfaith Community Celebration of Marriage Equality in North Carolina at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC on Monday, October 13, 2014

What therefore God hath joined together the State of North Carolina has not been able to put asunder. Amen! What therefore God hath joined together Thom Tillis has not been able to put asunder. What therefore God hath joined together – and I’m just loving using the King James Version for this special occasion – What therefore God had
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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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