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I Was Raptured This Weekend…At a Gay Bar

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Last night, for my friend Max’s 22nd birthday, I went to the gay bar on Capitol Hill titled, “R Place”. Needless to say, it was a…cultural experience. The expected crowd showed up: men with intense make-up, old men making-out, shirtless, … Continue reading

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My Response to the Death of Osama bin Laden

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Oftentimes, as Christians, we take for granted that we know right out what it means to be “saved”. Since we know without a doubt what it means, we never question the genesis of that phrase. We assert that all people … Continue reading

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Resurrecting Paul Part 3: Don’t Do As the Romans Do

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The Apostle Paul lived in the Roman Empire. In the Roman Empire, a hierarchy existed between Rome and the nations. In English Bibles, the Greek word for “nations” is almost always translated as “Gentiles”. This enforces a hierarchy between Judean … Continue reading

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Resurrecting Paul Part 2: Saul the Pharisee

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The Apostle Paul lived in the Roman Empire. I must repeat this as often as I can. Rome spread the imperial ideology that it and it alone had the right to rule, that the Romans were, should be, and always … Continue reading

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Good Friday, Friend! I Was Arrested. How About Yourself?

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Today, my friends Sue Ferguson Johnson and Wes Howard-Brook led a group of several dozen folks downtown to the federal building stationed in Seattle. We proclaimed the Passion Narrative from John’s Gospel in celebration of Good Friday. On the ground … Continue reading

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Love Wins Over Mean, Crazy, Famous People

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I finally got my hands on a copy of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. Needless to say, it was awesome. I read it last weekend and loved it. Many conservative evangelicals criticized it pre-release. They continued to harp on it following … Continue reading

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“The Gates of Hell Will Not Overcome” Part 3: A Funeral for Heaven and Hell

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On the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian Orthodox Church held a meeting to discuss and argue over the proper, faithful types of vestments priests should wear during worship. Little did they know that in the coming years they … Continue reading

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“The Gates of Hell Will Not Overcome” Part 2: Luke’s Justice

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Ostensibly, Mark Driscoll preaches the Bible and only the Bible. He gives sophistication to the old catchphrase, “The Bible says it; I believe it; and that settles it.” Nonetheless, if Mark’s sermon on Heaven and Hell was an essay, I … Continue reading

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“The Gates of Hell Will Not Overcome” Part 1: Mark Driscoll

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One of the goofball conundrums in evangelical circles involves the issue of accountability. Since Protestantism grew out of rejecting the Catholic hierarchy and evangelicalism, especially non-denominational churches, grew out of resisting mainline Protestant hierarchies and accountability structures, the question of … Continue reading

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The Anarchist G-d Part 1: Is There A Theology of Anarchism?

Many people flinch at the thought of theology. Oftentimes, they treat theology with suspicion and hesitation. Too often, theology and theologians have been related to Jesus’ pharisaic opponents and their attempts to interpret the Torah. Through this lens, theology has … Continue reading

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