I struggled for a long time with this conflict between fundamentalism and progressivism, not really being comfortable in either. Continue reading Have You Been Saved? Saved from What?
The Bible says a lot of things. Throwing out statements like “the Bible says…” is often an attempt to end conversation, to seek absolution for deeply held prejudices, to deter others from thinking critically, and sometimes to hold onto power. Continue reading “The Bible Says So” is Not an Answer
We often feel like we need to go through this alone, almost in secret, because we don’t want to be judged for our doubts and skepticism, but we don’t have to be alone. I want to invite you into the deconstruction – and rebuilding – process with me. Yours will look different than mine and that’s okay, we can still do this together. Continue reading I Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore
Matthew 22:34-40 After the Sadducees struck out, it was the Pharisees turn. (The simple difference between the two, is to … Continue reading Matthew 22:34-40 Love God & Love Others
Matthew 19:1-2 We talk a lot about “following Jesus.” What does that mean? In these few verses, it seems the … Continue reading Matthew 19:1-2 Following Jesus
Matthew 18:23-35 Imagine a place where all sin is forgiven. Not just yours and what’s between you and God, but … Continue reading Matthew 18:23-35 Forgiveness
This week, my United Methodist Church voted and that vote hurt many people that I love. It wasn’t my local … Continue reading Is it a sin?
Matthew 8:1-9:8, Healings of Jesus What if being a follower of Jesus means being an agent of God’s forgiveness? I … Continue reading Matthew 8:1-9:8 Being an Agent of Forgiveness
Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 In the context of the larger teachings of the sermon, this is a segment. Jesus was speaking … Continue reading Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Forgiven to Forgive
Matthew 6:16 – 18, Fasting When you fast, don’t make a big deal about it. We simply need to remember … Continue reading Matthew 6:16-18, Fasting