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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...

Legalism is Just Haggling Over Price

Legalism is Just Haggling Over Price

Jun 20, 2014

At a dinner party Winston Churchill says to his dinner companion, “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” The woman responds, “My goodness, Mr. Churchill. I suppose I would.” Churchill replies, “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” She answers, “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I...

“Third Way” Applies to Rules, not People

“Third Way” Applies to Rules, not People

Jun 10, 2014

  Last week, I wrote about the “Third Way” in approaching the LGBTQ issue, and was surprised by responses from two friends who know my heart and value my work. I knew I had written some profound truth in that post—no regrets there—but I also knew Liz and Michael had found cracks for people to treat LGBTQ people as a subclass. I did not want...

Dallas Buyers Club & The Church

Dallas Buyers Club & The Church

May 27, 2014

I may have been the last person on earth to do it, but I just saw “Dallas Buyers Club.” So good. No wonder it won three Oscars. Near the end, in the courtroom scene, I thought of you. (I confess, I’m always thinking of you!) Even if you haven’t seen “Dallas Buyers Club,” this will make sense to you — and it won’t...

Stupid Religion

Stupid Religion

May 24, 2014

  I just had another one of those conversations.  The conversation I seem to have a lot these days with my Christian friends. Gay and straight. About what it means to be a Christian. Am I still a “good Christian” if I don’t go to church? Am I a good Christian if I cuss, if I have sex with my girlfriend or boyfriend? And of course, that one question that...

You No Longer Need The Rules

  More today from Susan Cottrell‘s Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Did you know that I never told anyone to write down the things I said? Did you know that I never told anyone to start a religion called Christianity? So what did I tell people?  I told them to love God, and love others – and I tried be an example of how to be...

You’re Trying Too Hard

You’re Trying Too Hard

Nov 1, 2012

Why do we always try to make things so complicated? Life. Love. Faith. Our walk with God. Churchy terms like salvation and righteousness sometimes give us the impression that our day to day life requires special activity to achieve a harmonious existence: one where we’re living in reality in the here and now, at peace with our fellow human beings, and in...

Good News? What Good News?

Good News? What Good News?

Nov 24, 2011

Weird thing happened last night at church. A bunch of us got together for our weekly Bible study, and, it being the night before Thanksgiving, only a handful of people showed up. And we talked, and joked, and laughed like we normally do. And then it was time to get down to business. Leading the group, I started praying. And I was still laughing while I prayed....