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American patriarchy

Across the American landscape men are losing their jobs amid revelations of sexual misconduct, some of it illegal, all of it immoral examples of a bigger issue. Republican politicians face accusations of sex crimes, and a pathetic portion of Christians … Continue reading

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Celtic Christianity

I had a great conversation recently with John Philip Newell. John Philip is one of the world’s leading experts on Celtic Christianity. All Celtic Christian services I have attended have been similar: quietly contemplative, prayerfully pensive and filled with moving … Continue reading

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Resolutions

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and Martin Luther nailing his 95 thesis to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, my church recorded our hopes and wishes for the future of the congregation and … Continue reading

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Reformation

When I was in seminary, I learned my theology was a product of the Protestant Reformation. When Martin Luther wrote his 95 complaints against the Catholic Church he was opposing the selling of “indulgences.” Indulgences allowed people to pre-pay their … Continue reading

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Sometimes you will never know

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The crisis in the U.S. church

“How can you be a Christian and support abortion?” “How can you be a Christian and support Trump?” Seemingly simple, the distance between the questions is massive, made wider by  Christology, pneumatology, eschatology and Biblical hermeneutic. Simple questions are seldom … Continue reading

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A great video of a pastor talking about LGBT rights

Here’s a great video of a pastor talking about LGBT rights. Here’s what the same minister wrote about the speech, five years later. https://philsnider.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/why-my-viral-video-about-lgbtq-rights-is-wrong/

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i thank You God for most this amazing

by E.E. Cummings i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who … Continue reading

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Bapu

In a world growing more violent, filled with those who accept violence as the cost of living in the world, our thoughts should turn to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Better known as Mahatma. Great Soul. Born Oct. 2, 1869, he was … Continue reading

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Finding God in the unexpected

From Upper Room Daily Reflections Finding God in the Unexpected I FIND GOD in the unexpected, the unexpected places where I least expect to find the presence of the Living God. It is in these unlikely places that the undeniable … Continue reading

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Jesus is on the side of the oppressed

Jesus is with the people on the fringe of the culture who demand to be treated with respect and dignity. He is always on the side of the marginalized victims. Jesus is with refugees and minorities. Jesus supports the meek … Continue reading

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