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October 11, 2013
A final column - This a bittersweet time for me. I am preparing to leave my loving church here to take a call to ministry at a loving church in Ohio. While I look forward to my future ministry,†I also feel deep sorrow at leaving. My sorrow is not just because I am leaving the amazing and wonderful people at Riviera United Church of Christ, but because I am also l... Full Story

September 20, 2013
Being love - † Most of us long to stay and be alive. The longing for being is a natural desire. Meister Eckhart, hundreds of years ago, suggested that God is being; that is, to be is to be a part of God. Paul's famous assertion that we live and move and have our being in God supports this understanding of God as being-ness. To imagine this, I find it helpful to... Full Story

August 16, 2013
Local appearances of the face of God - A few years back, a charming, compassionate man named Bob Barnes got in touch with me. Our small church had been helping the elementary school next door with school supplies and holiday dinners for a few years, and Bob wanted to know if we might also be able to help with a project he was putting together to help feed some students over the weeken... Full Story

July 19, 2013
Action-oriented love makes the difference - I preach and write about love all the time because we are told in the Bible that the God of Jesus is love, and the Bible is about that very God. In short, I believe that Christianity is at its heart about Jesus' way to the wide open unconditional embrace of the God, who is love. It sounds simple, but following Jesus' way and focus on love can be ... Full Story

June 21, 2013
The loving God I found at church - honest - This will seem like an odd way for a Christian minister to start a column on God, but I'm going to admit that I am an atheist to gods, who are unloving and unforgiving. Such atheism caused me to leave church in my teens (a long time ago) and not return for 20 years. Like many Americans, I left a church because my experiences of Christianity at th... Full Story

May 17, 2013
Parables of Jesus lead to the extraordinary - Jesus was a storyteller, whose repertoire included the very effective use of parables, stories about the ordinary, which draw extraordinary illustrations meant to evoke contemplation and transformation. Through parables, Jesus paints visual pictures of how God connects with us in the ordinary, how heaven's way could play out in earthly situations... Full Story

April 19, 2013
All is in God, this Earth Day, let's work on remembering that - My theology includes a belief that God calls all of creation, not just humans, to the best that it can be. Moreover, I believe that all is in God - as the Apostle Paul indicated, God is what we live and move and have our being in. This matches up with a number of other Bible verses. Genesis tells us that all of creation is made of the very words ... Full Story

March 22, 2013
The cosmic implications of Easter - † Easter is nearly here. For many, it's the season of pastel colors, egg hunts, baskets of goodies and jellybeans - all fun stuff. But the greatest joy is knowing that, on the very first Easter morning, a non-violent love-mongering peacenick, named Jesus, was vindicated by God. Jesus' way - God's way - of peace and love could not be extinguished by... Full Story

March 15, 2013
The cosmic implications of Easter - † Easter is nearly here. For many, it's the season of pastel colors, egg hunts, baskets of goodies and jellybeans - all fun stuff. But the greatest joy is knowing that, on the very first Easter morning, a non-violent love-mongering peacenick, named Jesus, was vindicated by God. Jesus' way - God's way - of peace and love could not be extinguished by... Full Story

February 22, 2013
No one is excluded in a gay-friendly church - My church, as many of you know, is what's known in church circles as "gay-friendly;" that is, we consider homosexuality - like heterosexuality - to be a part of God's very own creation and therefore good (as God has decreed all creation). You may not be aware of it, but there actually are a lot of gay-friendly churches and gay-friendly Christians... Full Story

January 18, 2013
Jesus: a rebel and resister? - Jesus has a whole different Way that he created and led than the way many today claim or think he created and led. Jesus' way was not about judgment, or exclusion, elitism or hate. Jesus' way was (and is!) about non-judgment, inclusivity, egalitarianism and love. Jesus of the Gospels wasn't about judging and excluding, he wasn't about working to ... Full Story

December 14, 2012
Christmas is proof, the promise is true - † I love the Christmas season. I see it as a living hologram crystal ball of the potential for humankind. It's not in clear focus, to paraphrase Paul, we look through a glass dimly. The oily film of things like greed and commercialism obstruct the view, but by God you can see it, you can feel it, you can sense it and you can even breathe it. Love f... Full Story

November 16, 2012
Breathe in Godís Spirit, exhale Godís love - Sadly, itís common in modern America to think Christianity is primarily about personal salvation and prosperity, as if "The Way" Jesus taught is to just breathe God in to primarily better the believer. There are many who seem to pitch this popular notion that Jesusí way is about just breathing in God and basking in the delight and the gl... Full Story

October 19, 2012
Bible humor: Laughter is the best medicine - One of my favorite authors, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, once claimed that "religion without humor is blasphemy." What I think he meant was that humor is a good and Godly gift, and to deny it is to deny a part of God's creation. I love humor. I look for it and embrace it in many places. One place I have found laced with humor is the Bible. Indeed it h... Full Story

September 21, 2012
What we do, who we are, matters much over and over again - There is a popular cultural understanding, based on an ancient theological concept, that our soul returns to life after death, that we are reincarnated. Generally, Westerners have this notion that reincarnation means our present self is contained in one soul, and that if reincarnation exists it means we just keep coming back in human form. But wh... Full Story

August 17, 2012
Learning peace - I am on sabbatical right now, with a stack of books, studying peace with a peace educator. When I tell people I am studying peace on my sabbatical, I get a strange look and am asked why or how one studies peace? That's actually a good question, and one that makes me a little sad. In our culture, studying martial arts and war and all manner of typ... Full Story

July 13, 2012
The Gospel according to 'Romeo and Juliet' - I mentioned a few columns ago that I am working on a summer production of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The deadline for this column arrives before we open on July 13, but already much work has been done, youth and adults teaming together to understand and give life to the 400-year-old words of a genius, William Shakespeare. It's a remarkabl... Full Story

June 22, 2012
Three in one: a model for understanding God's roles - This year on the first Sunday in June many Christians around the world commemorated "Trinity Sunday," a day we celebrate our experience of the Triune nature of God. The trinity doctrine can be perplexing (how can three be one?), so I tend to take time each Trinity Sunday to let people know that the trinity is an ancient concept originally intende... Full Story

June 1, 2012
Could church be a radical rainbow melting pot? - Jesus spent his life knocking down any and all barriers in order to bring into his community all manner of people as equals to be loved. And Jesus did this to save each person and all the world from their lesser way of being. This teaching and practice of Jesus was followed by the early church. We can see this in New Testament writings. For examp... Full Story

May 18, 2012
Could church be a radical rainbow melting pot? - Jesus spent his life knocking down any and all barriers in order to bring into his community all manner of people as equals to be loved. And Jesus did this to save each person and all the world from their lesser way of being. This teaching and practice of Jesus was followed by the early church. We can see this in New Testament writings. For examp... Full Story


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