Episodes: Masonry

Lines Left on the Cutting Floor

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a press conference in support of Public Education in Oklahoma representing Pastors for Oklahoma Kids. Our Executive Director was not sure he would be able to attend the presser and thought another voice from our organization would be helpful. I agreed to fill the spot. Giving a...

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The Dangers of Mediating Ideas: A Conversation with Bradly Mason

Pastor, do you have time to read the near 500 pages of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement?” Maybe you have time between weekly sermon preparation, pastoral responsibilities, and any administrative tasks that accompany your particular ministry setting. Try as we might to be aware and versed in every developing subject,...

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Listening and Forgiveness: A Conversation with Carl Raschke

“The just shall live by faith,” represents the Scriptural hammer of the Reformation. Five hundred years later many Evangelicals have decided they are the hammer and everything else is a nail. Rooting out the greatest dangers to Christianity has become a favorite past time, if not as cottage industry, among some in my own Christian...

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Missional Theology – Not Just An Adjective: A Conversation with John Franke

One of my friends once pointed out that any time -al is added to describe a theological perspective the emphasis is on the adjective more than on talk about God. Practically time is given to explain the adjective and what often gets obscured is the god/God under consideration. Enter John R. Franke. In his new...

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What Is Assumed

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, we have a saying, we human beings, “Never assume for when you do you make . . .”, well that is not really appropriate for the pulpit, Lord. So, maybe it is better described in an Indian Proverb, “The baby has not been born yet, and yet you assert that his...

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The Voice Creates, Breaks and Tears Apart

Pastoral Prayer: O Lord our God, Presidents, Congressional Delegates and all forms of human rule come and go. We ourselves live and die. But You are forever. Your Kingdom and Your faithfulness, Your righteousness and Your mercy are without beginning and end. You are likewise the origin and destination of our lives. You are the...

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I Can Say What I Want!

We don’t have ears to hear— that’s what Jesus didn’t account for. Language presents us with challenges. For an obvious example, it’s difficult— perhaps impossible— to talk about politics. If your interlocutor doesn’t already agree with you, then all they’re likely to hear is partisanship.  If you suggest that Jesus has a politic— is a...

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What if prisoners are more free?

Cobbling some constructive events from my past led me to recall some instances that made me terribly uncomfortable as a young teenager. One of those came when our Youth Minister and Music Minister would schedule us to sing or share with men who came to the Grace Rescue Mission in the Stockyards area of Oklahoma...

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God Can’t? Those Nagging Questions

What happened to the podcast? It would be easier just answering with, “2020.” To provide an illustration of the unusual difficulties, it took two days and three tries to finish the conversation I had with Thomas J. Oord where we talked about his latest book, God Can’t: Q & A. We had hit our stride...

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Race and Faith: A Conversation

Jemar Tisby, in his book The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, offers a number of To-Dos in his chapter The Fierce Urgency of Now. One is simple: Do Something. After a bit of an absence, Patheological returns with that in mind. What Tisby recommends is not different than...

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These Are My Mothers, My Sisters, and My Brothers

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God Almighty,  you have given us good things. James reminds us that every good and perfect gift comes from you, the Father of Lights, in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. But, it is often that we take the good that you give and make it ultimate, even above...

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Harassed and Helpless for Us

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, we can’t do it. We don’t possess the resources to take care of every instance where people are harassed and helpless. Often we can’t take care of ourselves. If we hear one more story, see it with our own eyes, we may create a world in our minds where these events...

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