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Made as Makers

I was recently afforded the opportunity to get a screening of  Made as Makers, the new documentary  film from Callid Keefe-Perry. The bulk of the film is responses from many different Christians from a variety of roles or positions within the church to the following 3 questions: […]

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Clobbering the “Clobber Passages”

There are six main biblical passages that Christians typically use to condemn homosexuality, and I’d like to address each of the passages. The passages are the creation story of Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 19:4-5, Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1, I Corinthians 6:9-10, and I Timothy 1:9-10.   As a […]

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Yawheh’s Mother-Love: An Exegesis of Exodus 34.1-9

Yawheh’s Mother-Love: An Exegesis of Exodus 34.1-9

The promise of grace is not just an individualistic promise but also a promise to families of grace and accountability from the Creator God, with the promise that accountability will be an out-flowing of grace – not just the family of Israel, but to all the families … in the human family… This promise brings hope, letting us know that though there are consequences God has decreed within our families for our failings, Yahweh pledges a fidelity, grace, and mercy that is stronger than any patterns of human brokenness and human failing, however strong and damaging…

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Don’t hate the playa(s). Hate the game.

It often seems that there is a tremendous gulf between Progressive Christians and our much more conservative sisters and brothers; so much so that I often fear there can be no bridge built between the two. Conservative Christians often question the beliefs of those who, like me, […]

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The Immigrant Samaritan: An Alabama HB 56 Parable

Sharing another excellent midrash from our friend David R. Henson This is the third part in an ongoing series of retellings of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Read Part 1: The God Samaritan and Part 2: The Wrong Samaritan. The preacher had chosen a rather appropriate text this […]

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Holy Yogi Jesus was a Walrus. And so are you.

I recently stayed awake all night pondering Jesus’ farewell address, esp. his prayer to God on behalf of the rest of humanity, in John chapter 17. I’ve been reading it with fresh eyes and my. mind. has. blown.  …“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that […]

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No Longer A Stigma

Rev Kat Royal I’ve struggled for a bit over whether I should even post this.  A certain amount of transparency is important when you’re in the role of a pastor.  It allows those you minister to to be able to see that you’re a real person, just […]

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Hopes And Fears At Christmas

Apologies for the lateness of this post, but I borrowed it from an excellent blog by our friend Matt Hicks and found it too good not to share.     As we approach Christmas each year, I often find myself informally wondering why I celebrate this festival […]

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There once was a woman…

On a cold winter’s night in the mid-west, there was warmth in a small room fueled by hearts afire with hope and with love. The darkness of night shined bright with dazzling diamonds in the rough. And a pastor was moved by a woman with wisdom far beyond her years.

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The AUTHORITY THAT MAKES SENSE

From our friend Rev. David Gray: The AUTHORITY THAT MAKES SENSE: From ancient times, people have looked for leaders to shape the way they live. The Israelites were always squabbling with Moses when they were hungry or afraid, but as soon as God steps in they beg […]

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