Evangelicalism’s Capitalist Captivity

From the previously shared article: “Jesus’ cross is an invitation not a payment; insofar as it functions as a “payment,” its purpose is to invite us to stop justifying our sins and enter into honest, authentic communion with God. We are invited to join Jesus in the poverty of his cruciform death and resurrection. To embrace Jesus’ cross in its Continue Reading

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Theologies of worship that fully integrate creation

“Worship is a symbiotic relationship between God and the worshipping community. God is giving and acting, and worshippers are responding in faith. Although the word ‘worship’ implies that it is predominantly about what we do, worship is really preeminently about what God is doing. God is actively present in all of God’s Trinitarian fullness—forgiving, offering God?s self in the proclamation Continue Reading

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Ignoring the sins of oppressing the poor and the earth itself

In yet another long discussion in a group frequented by scores of vert conservative United Methodists, I spoke my mind. The numbers of people affected adversely by the consequences of the present administration and Congress FAR outstrip the harm done by the GLBTQ community (which , basically amounts to ZERO, even IF the sexual act itself is deemed improper —which Continue Reading

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Restorative Earth

Why a Season of Creation? (#2) Second, because we were created with the rest of nature. We came from Earth and we cannot survive without all that Earth provides. Just as Earth has creative powers, so Earth itself has restorative powers. Unless we have centered opportunities to express awareness of and gratitude for our dependence upon Earth and our relationship Continue Reading

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“Any sort” of leadership is also not nearly enough.

“the United States’ shunned the opportunity to take on any sort of leadership role over the looming problem of climate change, a reality so problematic that the Department of Defense is openly worried about the consequences.  Instead, the U.S. banded with a small cadre of four oil-dominated nations (including Saudi Arabia) and objected to the recent damning UN climate report. Continue Reading

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Rampant dualism

From my Facebook Memories, 2 years ago: It is just flat out gnosticism to suggest that there is ANYTHING that is off the table in the church that concerns the well-being of people, communities, or nations, or the earth. NOTHING. Gnosticism claims that we can keep our soul and body separate; that salvation is a “purely spiritual” matter (that phrase Continue Reading

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Finally, a Reds’ deal to get excited about

Ubelievably good deal made by Reds (at least it appears so). Get rid Of Bailey (along with two prospects) , add Kemp, Puig, Lefty starter Wood (16-3, 2.72 in 2017, 9-7 3.68 last year, 11-11 2.78 for Braves in 2014, solid stats) and backup catcher Farmer.https://www.mlb.com/news/alex-wood-ready-to-be-key-member-of-reds-staff/c-302161538?tid=282421090&fbclid=IwAR1u2MCj-w5GYmPyDpvODS5IW1JKhpZhrTzx4CTFXFHGO8obc-DNsrhxn68

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