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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,...

What Makes a Great City … or a Great Church

What Makes a Great City … or a Great Church

Oct 3, 2014

I just saw an article on why Houston is the best city in America. As a non-Houstonian I thought, “Okay, whatever.” But then my thoughts started churning, the synapses started firing, and I started making connections with the church-world. Okay, obviously you’ve got to do a bit of mental translation here, but what supposedly makes Houston such...

Maybe it’s Francis, Maybe it’s Jesus

Maybe it’s Francis, Maybe it’s Jesus

Nov 26, 2013

“I really like Pope Francis.” That’s what a Mormon friend of mine posted on his Facebook wall. It was a simple statement, after all who doesn’t like Pope Francis? Nevertheless it got me thinking. What is it about him, what is that je ne sais quoi which makes him loved even by non-Catholics? I was born into a Catholic family, though in my teens we...

A Vision of Roman Catholic Affirmation

A Vision of Roman Catholic Affirmation

Jul 25, 2013

Ihad just finished listening to the reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel.  As I sat down for the priest’s homily, I prepared myself for some sort of commentary on the impending SCOTUS cases regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.  As the sermon concluded, however, I was pleasantly surprised to not hear anything associated with these...

Too Disturbing?

Too Disturbing?

Mar 29, 2013

Earlier this week, I submitted some posters to the digital communications office at University of Tulsa to display on the scrolling message boards that promote events all over campus. Just today, I noticed that they were displaying the one for our Living Last Supper, featuring two of the disciples from DaVinci’s masterpiece engaged in discussion, with the...

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Sep 16, 2012

A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for the weekly men’s group to begin. I was new to the church, still getting a feel for the place, but the pastor’s approach to living out the faith intrigued me. It was an odd place, a challenging place, but there was something powerfully different here: all that old “churchiness” I’d become accustomed to...

Holy Kiss — Holy Cow !

This little adventure into “Radical Acceptance” and checking out this new church is making me think about a lot of things, and rethink a lot of others. And that’s a good thing. I’m not generally a touchy-feely kind of guy. At least not with people I barely know, and certainly not with people I’ve just met. So if I meet you in...