Let Jesus Be Your Guide

You hear that a lot. Let Jesus be your guide. Show me your ways, Lord,    teach me your paths.Guide me in your truth and teach me,    for you are God my Savior,    and my hope is in you all day long.Psalm 25:4-5 But what kind of guide does a first century nomadic Palestinian Jew make for 21st Century people? Jesus never had a spouse, or kids or even a real job. Jesus never knew any kind of ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

I find that it's a good idea to check myself from time to time to make sure that my theology is staying faithful to scripture and not just to what I want to believe...or what is convenient to believe...or what is self-serving to believe. So before I go making assertions or sharing opinions on certain subjects, I ask myself these six questions. 1. Is it based on something that is actually ...

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Are You a Doubting Believer?

Doubting Believer is an online, progressive and inclusive religious community of diverse followers of Christ.  Doubting Believers Seek to follow Jesus Christ Believe that everyone is welcome at the table Have lots of questions about how we should live out our faith Do not use religion as a weapon Encourage others in their faith journey Practice the new commandment--to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34) Give of ourselves and our resources to help those ...

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Who is our neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37) I think Jesus makes it pretty clear that everyone is our neighbor.  Somewhere in the history of the church of Jesus Christ (And I haven’t been able to put my finger on exactly when and where it happened) The church lost track of that notion.  Somewhere along the way The church became the people who told women what they could and couldn’t  do in the church—and in life, who told people who ...

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What Is Truth?

Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”  Pilate responded, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would ...

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There he was--like so many people in the book of Mark, coming to kneel at the feet of Jesus and ask for healing. Make no mistake about it. This is a healing story (read here). The rich young man had done everything he was supposed to do, yet something was off. He wasn’t sleeping well. He felt anxious all the time. And how could that be happening when he was so wildly ...

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Everybody Gets Place at the Table

This is at the core of what I believe it means to be Christian. Jesus invites us all to the table. There is enough for everyone, and everyone has a place.  As Christians, we don't get to choose who we serve, and we don't get to decide who gets a place at the table. In my eyes, Sara Sanders Huckabee is the worst kind of people. She has completely deserted the ...

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Easter Message 2018

John 20:1-18 There she was Sitting in the darkness The sunlight just barely beginning to creep in to the world She was hiding in her memories Reminiscing about better nights and better days She was certain that nothing would ever be better again. She was still breathing But the air just seemed to rattle around in an empty cavity since she was sure her soul had been sucked right out of her body and there was nothing left ...

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Be Not Afraid–Day 4

Matthew 9:9-13  Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? That is a really rotten (and scary) feeling. That you’re an outsider. That your life is somehow unacceptable. That you aren't enough. That’s probably how Matthew had felt all his life. No, I don’t know anything about his childhood. Scriptures don’t give us any background on Matthew except that he was a tax collector. The Romans contracted with local people to collect taxes, ...

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