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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 Jesus Provides Us: A Sarcastic, Post-Crucifixion Reflection

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    Jesus provides us:

    perfect people with whom to follow him

    perfect for us worship, designed around our personal preferences

    a community in which nobody forgives because there’s nothing ever to forgive

    answers to all our questions

    certainty beyond belief

    church leaders whose main emphasis is on empowering everyone to do Jesus stuff in the world instead of being cautious, think of everything that could go wrong so we don’t do much at all, leaders

    material/financial blessings if we give money to God (the church) so we can be like Jesus who was financially well off

    one gospel that contains everything we will ever need to know about Jesus and is very clear

    a Lord’s table at which nobody, including those who are hungry, is fed a meal

    security systems for our church so our buildings and possessions don’t get messed up or stolen

    angelic choir with instrumentalists who are not drama queens and do not create or stir up trouble within the church

    clergy who get out of the way

    confidence that there is only one correct way to do church/follow Jesus and that just happens to be the way we are doing it

    a church without prostitutes, prisoners, lepers, poor people, Good Samaritans, fathers of of prodigals, prodigals, converted short tax collectors

    The Queer God (If you don’t believe me read this conservative scholar)

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    God is queer.  If you don’t believe me, a liberal preacher, consider the thought of conservative (but worth your time to consider) N.T. Wright.   Wright outlines several aspects of God’s queerness, including queerness on messiahship and resurrection.

    . . . .the Messiah was supposed to fight God’s victorious battle against the wicked pagans; to rebuild or cleanse the Temple, and to bring God’s justice to the world.  Jesus, it appeared, had done none of these of these things. . . No Jew with any idea of how the language of messiahship worked could have possibly imagined, after his crucifixion, that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Lord’s anointed.  (N.T. Wright, Surprised By Hope, p. 46)

    “Nobody in Judaism had expected the Messiah to die, and therefore naturally nobody had imagined the Messiah rising from the dead.” (46) Furthermore, “the ancient world—with the exception of the Jews—was adamant that dead people did not rise again and the Jews did not believe that anyone had done so or that anyone would do so all by themselves in advance of the general resurrection.” (p. 34)  Resurrection was not something that would happen to one person ahead of everybody else. (p. 39)

    This Easter don’t forget we worship and serve a Queer God.  And please don’t act like it all made sense or makes sense.

    Stay tuned for the resurrection of the wicked.  Did you miss that in the gospel of John?

    Jesus Didn’t Leave Behind One Written Word

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    John 8:6

    They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

    Don’t you find it remarkable Jesus didn’t leave behind one written word!  John 8:6 is the only indication of Jesus writing anything and we can assume whatever he wrote in the sand soon disappeared.

    If you were God’s son, wouldn’t you leave behind a signed document outlining your wishes for your followers?

    Not a single word.  No signature.  What do you make of that, especially in light of the church’s fixation with written words, with its many versions of Bibles from its manuscripts, with its grand talk about the Word of God, with its frequent dishonesty about its scripture?

    Some scholars, like John Dominic Crossan, indicate Jesus most likely was illiterate, despite stores which depict Jesus as reading scripture.  More recent scholarship questions the level of ancient illiteracy others assume.  Regardless, surely God could have equipped his son with the ability to write.  If not, what does that indicate for the church and its words and its approach to its book, the Bible?

    He left no written words behind.  Mainly he left behind oral stories about healing, friendships with the marginalized, disputes with religious leaders, a cross, and Easter resurrection joy.

    What We Leave Out – Proposal for New Holy Week Format

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    On Palm Sunday many churches do a nice processional with children and adult choir members laying down palms as they process into the sanctuary.  Impressive. On Maundy Thursday we read about Judas’ betrayal and break bread and drink from the cup. On Good Friday, if we are really serious Christians, perhaps we have Stations of the Cross.  On Easter it’s all resurrection and hallelujahs, Christ the Lord is risen today. Maybe a sunrise service followed by church breakfast.  Easter cantatas are splendid.  But what do we leave out?  Always pay attention to what we leave out.

    Perhaps we should have a Lament Monday, remembering Jesus cried over Jerusalem.  We could get some marginalized people to tell us all that is wrong with the city in which we live and after each statement we could wail for two minutes. Who knows, we might even consider asking the marginalized people to hang around and be a part of  the church.

    Tuesday should be Destruction of Church Day.  Jesus created a ruckus in the temple.  Turned over a few tables.  On this day we could shred the church budget and constitution.  End the service by predicting the imminent destruction of the church.

    Wednesday could be Woe To Scribe and Pharisees day.  Clergy would not lead or pick out the people to lead these services.  Church leaders would be required to sit beside the clergy and remain silent.

    How would you organize Holy Week so  that it’s not so much fluff?