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when Jesus said sacrifice your neighbor

Sometimes I think Christians treat the world like we’re living on the Island of Kong and someone needs to be sacrificed to appease the Beast. ┬áSometimes I think we’re so busy regulating the lives of others that we failed to see how thoroughly Sin has overwhelmed our own hearts and minds. We can’t sacrifice someone… Continue reading when Jesus said sacrifice your neighbor

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the gospel according to Wakanda (big time spoilers)

<<<<<<< SPOILER WARNING>>>>>>>> First let me simply say that Black Panther is the superhero movie we deserve. And the one we need. It is beautiful, has some excellent acting – even for a superhero movie – and really nails the hope and expectation of this character and his heritage. I loved it and hope it… Continue reading the gospel according to Wakanda (big time spoilers)

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what we need is a nice Christmas stoning

One of the most beautiful and troubling stories in the Bible of Jesus is the one where a crowd drags a woman on the ground to stone her. She is a known adultress, presumably caught “in the act” of cheating on her husband. We think that retribution is the way to go. It’s been ingrained… Continue reading what we need is a nice Christmas stoning

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when God didn’t enter history

There’s this popular idea in our evangelical circles around this time of year – phrases like “God stepped down into history” and things of that ilk. It’s enough of a theological problem that I can’t really ignore it. It bugs me. Listen to me. God did not step into history. He MADE it. God IS… Continue reading when God didn’t enter history