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What Would Jesus Scream?

What Would Jesus Scream?

Mar 7, 2016

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 On Friday evening, Clarke and I decided to check out First Friday, a monthly event in the downtown Phoenix arts district where hundreds of businesses – restaurants, galleries, bars, and other retailers – stay open throughout...

I Don’t Want Your Cake After All

I Don’t Want Your Cake After All

Oct 30, 2015

When it comes time to get married, I’m going to have to shop around for wedding cakes. I can’t just go to the nearest bakery and commission one. It will have to be specially crafted so that I can eat it and enjoy it. Trust me, on my wedding day I will not be skimpy out on cake, and plan to shove some straight into my husband’s face. Luckily for me, I...

Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

Oct 23, 2015

  “God has a plan. God is working his plan. God’s plan includes you.”  Those were words printed in bold letters on a sign hung above the pulpit in a church I used to go to in Tulsa. The pastor wanted her people to know that their lives were not just stuck in the mud, that God was doing something in them and through them. God was working. We all need that...

God, Guns, and our Presidential Candidates

God, Guns, and our Presidential Candidates

Oct 16, 2015

Whether we like it or not, violence is a part of our daily lives. We see it daily in the multitude of news sources we have today. We watch it addictively on television and in the movies. We even celebrate violence in the form of sports that leave their participants with major physical repercussions for the rest of their lives. Don’t get me wrong, when I say...

Jesus Never Defined Marriage

Jesus Never Defined Marriage

Sep 15, 2015

The scripture used by many conservative Christians to define marriage as one-man-one-woman (#1M1W), doesn’t actually define marriage at all.  In fact, Jesus never defined marriage. The famous passage in Matthew 19 goes like this: Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”...

Crucify Jesus and Save the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

Crucify Jesus and Save the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

Mar 31, 2015

I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money and more people. One would think that the Gospel of Jesus was,...

“Go and Sin No More”? You don’t get to say that. Ever.

“Go and Sin No More”? You don’t get to say that. Ever.

Feb 2, 2015

We hear it all the time. We can argue the grace and forgiveness of Jesus till the cows come home, how he forgave the woman caught in adultery. “Neither do I condemn you.” “See how gracious Jesus is?” we say. And then some smart Christian inevitably comes back with, “Yeah, but he also said, ‘Go and sin no more.'” And...

Jesus in Drag

Jesus in Drag

Dec 14, 2014

Funny thing happened in church today. (Yeah, I know. Sounds like the start of a joke.) The church I frequently attend put on a nice Christmas program, with the choir singing some of the holiday favorites, interspersed with readings about Jesus, and a good mix of worship songs that never let our minds drift too far from the theme that Jesus is at the heart of...

Is Divorce Really Wrong?

Is Divorce Really Wrong?

Aug 7, 2014

In the past, my beliefs about divorce were as black and white as the text on the pages of the Bible. From this legalistic perspective, there were really only two conditions within which divorce would be acceptable — Jesus’ teaching about adultery in Matt. 19:9, and Paul’s teaching about an unbelieving spouse departing in 1Co. 7:15. I believed that divorce...

God of Scandal

God of Scandal

Aug 5, 2014

I met my fiance Diane at a Charismatic Episcopal Church about seven years ago. In case you aren’t familiar with the CEC (most people aren’t), imagine smooshing together an Assembly of God congregation with a Catholic church that rejects the Pope and wants it’s male priests to be able to marry. If you can do that, you’ll have a pretty...