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Life Isn’t Fair: How Survival of the Fittest Is Dooming Humanity

Life Isn’t Fair: How Survival of the Fittest Is Dooming Humanity

Just a few moments of reflection is all that’s needed to realize that life isn’t fair. Some people are hit much harder by misfortune than others, due to birthright, genetics, geography, etc. For every quality like intelligence or attractiveness, there’s someone on the downside. As they say, not everyone can be above average. True scientific Darwinists…

Christians Who Support Trump Are Forgetting the Gospel

Christians Who Support Trump Are Forgetting the Gospel

Today I watched a video showing Capital police dragging and carrying disabled people out of the hallway outside Senate Majority “Leader” Mitch McConnell’s office, where they had gathered to protest the Senate’s version of an Affordable Care Act replacement. The sight was meant to be jarring and it was. I was angry and I asked myself the same question I’ve asked myself a million times. “How can anyone who claims to be Christian be okay with this?” Because I know they are. There are people who say they follow Christ who will defend to the death anything that Donald Trump or the Republicans in Congress do, no matter who is harmed or who profits.

This Is What I Found Out When I Braved Twitter as a Christian

This Is What I Found Out When I Braved Twitter as a Christian

I made some mistakes starting out but it’s not like I wasn’t warned. The whole reason I even started the new account was to share articles I’m posting here on my blog. All the expert bloggers said it was the thing to do. Be active on social media they said. Engage with people. Build a following. I’m not really new to Twitter. I’ve had a few accounts over time, but never really did much other than an occasional tweet now and then. I didn’t like or comment on other’s posts. I knew how to use Twitter, just not in the way I was about to use Twitter.

The Bible and the Damage Done: What Jesus Would NEVER Do

The Bible and the Damage Done: What Jesus Would NEVER Do

Patty was a beautiful person. Kind and gracious. A gentle giant, actually. She was six feet tall. I met her when she came to work at the retail store where I was a supervisor many years ago. She was younger than me. Her sister, Margie, had graduated from high school in my class. They couldn’t have been more different. Margie was a somber person with a very dry sense of humor. Patty just had a glow about her. I liked them both. Soon I discovered that they were each dealing with an intolerable situation in their own way.

Is Withdrawal Fear Fueling the Opiate Epidemic? A Teacher’s Story

Is Withdrawal Fear Fueling the Opiate Epidemic? A Teacher’s Story

I have Lyme Disease. I’ve had it for seventeen years and have significant pain from it in my legs and back. Long before it was diagnosed, which was only eight years ago, I went to my doctor about the pain. I had been very active before Lyme; gardening, taking my boys outside to play, biking, and hiking with them on our 51-acre property. On top of raising three very active boys, I was also in school and working, but the pain began to make my lifestyle impossible. The doctor said that staying active was important, for what she then thought was fibromyalgia, so she prescribed Vicodin.

Jesus Never Preached the Fake News Gospel

Jesus Never Preached the Fake News Gospel

I am having difficulty being gracious concerning some of the events that have transpired in the last few days in our country. I’ve pondered what it means to be gracious in the midst of injustice. I’ve been drawn to articles about the prosperity gospel which still maintains a mighty hold over our nation in spiritual and secular realms. I’ve gone over and over what I’ve learned about suffering, both personally and academically. And I have been drawn into the Twitter hashtag #ThingsJesusneversaid because I believe the best answer to the prosperity gospel, which is false, is the actual good news about Jesus that we know through scripture.

Are We Sheep or Goats in the Kingdom of God?

Are We Sheep or Goats in the Kingdom of God?

There was a little girl many years ago who disappeared and was gone for over a year before anyone noticed. Her name was Rilya Shenise Wilson. The childcare worker assigned to her created visit logs showing that Rilya was fine, but she had never set foot in the home where it was said that Rilya and her younger sister were tied up and kept in a cage. Rilya was only four years old when she disappeared. She has never been found.

An Awful Truth About the Resurrection That Nobody Ever Talks About

An Awful Truth About the Resurrection That Nobody Ever Talks About

I‘m not an Evangelical with a capital “E.” I find it hard to understand the formulaic talking points that are so common in Evangelical conversation. One thing I hear them say a lot is, “Jesus died for your sins,” and I have to admit, I don’t know what that means. If they ask me if […]

My Teen Son Opted Out: See What My Congregation Did Next

My Teen Son Opted Out: See What My Congregation Did Next

When I was in seminary I was told that the rural churches could be tough for a newly ordained minister. There was a stereotype of the ultra-conservative, even fundamentalist, congregation that didn’t like change and would look upon any new ideas with suspicion. According to this stereotype, Moreland should have been such a place. It wasn’t.

Being a Taxpayer Is No Excuse for Judging the Poor

Being a Taxpayer Is No Excuse for Judging the Poor

Americans pay less in taxes than people in many other developed nations. Quite a bit less, in some cases. Taxes are different for us, though. While we are better at actually paying our taxes than citizens of many other countries, the American taxpayer attaches a lot of strings to that payment. Strings We also have […]

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