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One and Many or, Serving Is Seeing

Happy first day of Spring! Shortly I will be out pruning our decorative grasses for new growth. Herbs will be planted in their own little place. Weeds will be pulled from the flower beds. Garden sprinklers will readied for use. Here's to hoping the actions of one will produce many enjoyable times in the yard this spring, summer, and fall. (more…)

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She Shows Up . . . 32

Rarely would I be considered a hopeless romantic. In fact, if we were to play the Newlywed Game, I suspect romantic would never be an apt response unless the question was, “What could you be more of?” (more…)

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Moses, Snake, and Jesus or, Heretical Communities?

Maybe we shun the label heretic too quickly. What if the Apostle Paul aimed to create heretical communities across the Roman Empire aimed at bringing peace in the Way of Jesus? (more…)

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It’s All About the Base, No Trouble

Grandma Littleton tired of the question, “Are you Catholic?” This came after she responded to, “How many children do you have?” She would reply, “Eight. Six boys and two girls.” Over time she developed a startling response to the question of her religious background, “No. Just oversexed Baptists.” Were she still alive I would have to tell her, “Well played Grandma, well played.” (more…)

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Nathan Is Like Jesus, or What Happens When You Describe the Cause of Jesus’ Death

Mondays for preachers should at least come with some humor. After all, many of us replay the message from the day before in our heads and face the specter that we could have communicated better. At least those of us who preach our own stuff. (more…)

Category Archives: Theology

An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 2, Marriage Officiant

An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 2, Marriage Officiant

Marriage as solemnized in the United States, in most cases, may disturb me more than the wrangling over marriage equality. It would be wrong to assume I believe the discussions over marriage equality should be muted as somehow unimportant.Read More

An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 1, Prayer As Ceremony

An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 1, Prayer As Ceremony

Hello, my name is Todd. I am a professional pray-er. Once it is discovered I am a pastor, no matter the event, I become the de facto pray-er.Read More

The Disruptive Prophet

The Disruptive Prophet

Equilibrium serves most of us well. Its experience provides a sense of balance, or at least rhythm. When forces tip the scale in one direction ore the other we may find ourselves off balance, our equilibrium is disrupted. Maybe we need more disruption to find peace.Read More

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