Church Shouldn’t Be a Trial

For those of you who are new here, I used to be a Methodist. I’ve written about UMC extensively, sometimes complimentary, sometimes not. Today is not going to be complimentary. Last year, I gave up my membership and cut ties with UMC as an organization after the general conference when the church voted to continue its […]

A Downward Movement

A couple of years ago, at a Faithworks Conference in London, Brian McLaren said “The Kingdom of God is not about me but about transforming the world and everything in it“. This is not the first time I’ve heard that sentiment, but McLaren stated better than most.  He went on to say that we put ourselves and […]

Good News Indeed

When people hear the name Leo Tolstoy, they almost always think of his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But, Tolstoy wasn’t just a novelist; he was a theologian, too. His interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount led him to Christian Anarchy and pacifism and his writings on nonviolent resistance influenced Gandhi and MLK. Unfortunately, in a big picture […]

Having A Beer With Jesus

“Um, I’m Jesus and I don’t get pissed?” In case you didn’t know, Jesus is a bit of a smart-ass. “Come on, man. I know of at least two places in the Bible where you you did, so don’t give me that”, I responded. He thought for a moment, “Oh, you’re talking about the fig […]

A Hornet’s Nest?

All this talk about Paula Deen and Orson Scott Card has stirred up a hornet’s nest. Yesterday, someone said on the Emergent Village Facebook page, “Later today, or tomorrow morning…if you are a morning pooper…every single one of us will sit on a toilet and poop. It will stink. This poop will stink. Why? Because […]

End of the Game?

Quite a few years ago, I read “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. It’s the story of a young boy (6 years old at the beginning) who was part of a program to breed commanders for Earth’s wars against against the Formics, an alien race with an insect-like appearance and a hive mind. Bullied by […]

Is Everyone Really Welcome?

Yesterday, I read a post on “Sarah Over the Moon” written by, wait for it…, Sarah Moon. It’s titled “When My Abuser is Welcome at the Table, I am Not” and it’s about just who is welcome at the communion table. I’m not sure of the whole story, but obviously Ms. Moon is dealing with […]

Who Needs Blood?

via YouTube   I love Bart Campolo. I’ve seen him speak several times and he never fails to make me think. He’s also controversial, as you can see from this video. Not only does he reject penal substitutionary atonement, he’s also a universalist; saying God is compassionate enough to seek the rescue of every one […]

Odds and Ends

Today, I thought I’d take a few minutes to update you guys on my medical travails and then address something I’m not sure I could make a whole post out of. First, the medical crap. For those not in the know, about 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. The surgery and follow-up treatment […]

But, I Don’t Want To Do It!

A lot of times, when I write about stuff that’s been all over the news, I’ll start by saying something like “Unless you live under a rock, you know…,” followed by whatever tidbit of news I’m wound up about. I would start that way this time, but, I just found out my oldest daughter evidently lives […]