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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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Jesus Comics: Putting words in Jesus’ mouth – Asheville, NC Councilman Cecil Bothwell on street musicians/performers


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Prayer This Prayer With Me: Phrases (some adapted) from Willie James Jennings, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

    God, dear God, Enable us to know the world through the Bible and to know the Bible through the world, and in our knowing let us know intimately the deepest struggles and contradictions of the marginalized. Make us question daily, why don’t they know us? Move our snatches of time, move our actions,
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Pray This Prayer With Me: Phrases From Jennifer Compton’s Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News

God, Assure me I can walk another path. Raise the sheltered child still within me. Make me hop out of the back seat of my life. Enable me to listen to myself (perhaps for the first time), and not to others who tell me who I must be or should be. Don’t let me be
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Jesus Comics: Ben Carson (Republican Presidential Candidate) quote – putting words into mouth of Jesus to evaluate the words


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Pray This Prayer With Me: God, It’s Not A Good Day For A Lecture

God, It’s not a good day for a lecture. It is a good day for compassion and understanding. It’s not a good day for a lecture, though.  Not at all. Rather, it is a good day for silence, for the absence of easy answers or solutions that make the solution giver feel good but leave
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Jesus Comics – quote on minimum wage by Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Senator


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Serve The Preacher Clean Chicken – A Story From the Past (1905ish)

I got to visit Annie and Richard Wylie this week.  I am the luckiest pastor in the world and one of the reasons I say so is because I get to spend time with such interesting people.  I’m always learning something.  On this visit, for example, I learned about the importance of serving the preacher
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Research On Clergy Assholes

I have been doing some research on clergy assholes and I’d like to share some conclusions with you.  By clergy assholes, I’m not referring to the assholes of clergy but rather am referencing clergy who are assholes. Of all the world’s assholes clergy assholes are some of the worst, in part, because  people expect clergy
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A Liberal Who Is Getting Ready To Be Apocalyptic

I’m getting ready to be apocalyptic. Liberals are not known for being apocalyptic.  Don’t worry, I haven’t gone of the deep end.  Permit me to explain. My good buddy, Frank, stopped by my house yesterday. Frank was looking for some “fresh meat.”  Or put another way, Frank dropped in to ask me to play some
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An Old Fart Golfer Offers Keys To Life (You Will Not Want To Miss)

  Andy is an 80ish war veteran whose hands shake like a leaf.  I have no idea how he is able to play golf.  I’m just glad our nation no longer needs him to shoot guns or our freedom might be on the line.  Andy has two purple hearts and a silver heart.  He was
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When People (Like Me) Don’t Change

I played nine holes of golf with my son yesterday.  There’s nothing like father/son golf time. I never wanted to play golf.  I thought it was a wimp sport, but my sonny boy went crazy about Tiger Woods when he was nine so I figured if I wanted to spend time with him I better
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I Wonder What Today Will Be Like For . . . .

  I wonder what today will be like for women living in the Arab world who do not have equal rights. I wonder what today will be like for Palestinians suffering from Israeli mistreatment born of displacing people from their land due to harmful scripture. I wonder what today will be like for a young
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Jesus Comics (Chuck Winder R-ID quote) – no way Jesus says this about rape charges


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Indiana Christian Business People – some suggestions on other people with whom not to do business

Indiana Christians believe their religious freedom is being compromised.  Having Baptist roots myself, I highly value religious freedom.  Roger Williams is a hero of mine.  I’d like to suggest Indiana Christians do some historical research on religious freedom in the United States and in Europe.  It would be good for them to learn about state-sponsored
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Jesus Comics – Quote by Dave Brat, Virginia Republican on why funds are not needed for education


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Jesus Comics – Ted Cruz quote (Putting words in the mouth of Jesus to evaluate them)


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Jesus Comics – Phillip on Fresh Off the Boat – Cinderella


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As Part of Alabama’s Repentance Change the Name of the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Alabama needs to repent. Alabama has a long history of discrimination, which unfortunately continues to this day. Recently, Alabama has fought against the equality of the LGBT population. In 1965 Alabama denied the equality and rights of African-Americans. On March 7, 1965 the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the conflict which became known
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Let the Oklahoma SAE read this and maybe they will not be so damn racist and sing songs about lynching

In 1918 a mob in Valdosta, Georgia tried unsuccessfully to find Sidney Johnson, a black man accused of murdering his white boss, Hampton Smith.  So they opted to lynch another black man, Haynes Turner, who was known to dislike Hampton Smith. Turner’s wife, Mary, who was eight months pregnant, protested vehemently and vowed to seek
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The shooting/killing of a homeless man by police – through the eyes and heart and mind of a formerly homeless person

One of my new friends at Wedgewood Church is DAG.  That would be David Alan Goldberg.  As I like to say, DAG is daggum great! This past Sunday during worship DAG reflected on the shooting/death of a Los Angeles homeless person by a policeman in the LAPD.  DAG’s comments were some of the most disturbing
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Jesus Comics – Dean Smith (deceased UNC Basketball Coach) quote


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A Prayer For Meaningful Church (With A Little Church History Thrown In For Good Measure)

When certain Christians of North Africa in the early fourth century were accused of illegally gathering, they made a confession that contributed to their martyrdom:  ‘We cannot be without the dominicum.’  Dominicum is ‘the thing of the Lord,’ . . . .they meant. . .they could not be Christians or even live in any real
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Jesus Comics – Bobby Jindal quote – We’ve Got A Winner


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Jesus Comics – quote by John Boehner rationalizing low wage jobs


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Don’t Be A Grout – A sermon in memory of one of the greatest preachers I’ve ever known or heard

Don’t Be A Grout! 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had
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Do You Know What Your Problem Is?

I know a clergyperson who used to be on the staff of a very prominent, rich church.  He later became the executive director at a ministry for the homeless. In comparing his two clergy stints, he said, “The rich have problems too.  Their money just allows them to hide them better than the homeless are
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My Wife Was Perfect When I Met Her. . . .

My wife was perfect when I met her, absolutely perfect, not to mention as nice as she was beautiful.  About four months later, though, I discovered a minor flaw.  By the time we got married I was convinced the minor flaw had been fixed.  What a relief! During the first year of marriage, with my
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Don’t Tell Me God Does Not Answer Prayers – Parrot H20 and Pot

Take a look at that!  Gaze upon the Parrot H20 and Pot, demonstrated at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)!  Answered prayer. Don’t tell me God doesn’t answer prayers. When I got married, when I said my wedding vows,  I didn’t have a clue (in many respects about a lot of things) – didn’t have
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Desperately Seeking A Usable Past – Biblical Interpretation

In her blog entry, Biblical women and Lifetime’s The Red Tent, Julie O’Brien refers to people “who are desperately seeking a usable past.” My experience is that many Christians seeking a positive word from the Bible on Jesus, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender equality, violence, and other issues of peace and justice often fit such
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A Prayer for the Torturers

God, A prayer for the torturers for they will be tortured for performing atrocious actions on human beings.  Their sleep will be tortured.  Their conscious will be tortured.  Their legacy will be tortured.  Their lives will be tortured. Rationalizations will not work.  Perhaps for awhile justifications will soothe but the cement will crack and questioning
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Bitch slapped, Drinking, Sex, and Christmas Musical – Annual Meeting of Senior Golfers

If you want to have fun join a senior golf group.  There will be no shortage of laughter. Recently Raintree Country Club Senior men golfers gathered for our annual meeting.  Before the auspicious occasion started, senior golfers were softened up with high-test coffee and muffins. Our President, sitting at a table with a portable podium,
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Jesus Comics (Ted Cruz quote – putting words into the mouth of Jesus as a way of evaluating the words)


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I Am A Christmas Decorations Pharisee

Wedgewood Church, along with First Christian Church, recently hosted Picturing the Parables of Jesus, a national traveling art exhibit of Christians In The Visual Arts (CIVA).  The most repugnant piece for me in the exhibit was Andy Rash’s The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The reason the piece was so repugnant to me is I
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What I’m Reading/Skimming December 2014

Fire Shut Up in My Bones Charles M. Blow The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures Christine Kenneally Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World Mark Miodownik Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson
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Jesus Comics: Megyn Kelly quote on Ferguson – how do someone’s words sound coming out of the mouth of Jesus?


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Southern Surgery: Miss Johnnie Is Praying For My Wife

Miss Johnnie is praying for my wife. When my wife returned Miss Johnnie’s phone call to find out information about her pre-opt appointment she learned quite a bit about Miss Johnnie.  Miss Johnnie not only informed my beloved about where to go when she arrived for her pre-opt appointment  Miss Johnnie also shared with my
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Jesus Comics (Rush Limbaugh On Ferguson)


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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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