Levi is on the guest list

Levi is on the guest list

Preached as part of a series at The Fellowship’s Music and Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska – Mark 2:13-17  Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of...
Love The Sinner: Read A Book

Love The Sinner: Read A Book

 originally published on Believe Out Loud “Love the sinner. Hate the sin.” How many times do we hear this, particularly in response to the debate over homosexuality in the church? I cannot count the number of comments and conversations that begin something like this:...
Thumped

Thumped

Have you ever been Bible thumped? Perhaps, recently, by one of these: Genesis 19:1-5, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Corinthians 6:9-10, Timothy 1:9-10, Romans 1:21-31 I have a few bruises, too.  I can just about recite those clobber verses with my eyes closed. So,...
the words in red

the words in red

Growing up I was well-churched. We rarely missed a Sunday, rarely missed a Wednesday night youth group, and for as long as I can remember, my parents held Bible studies weekly at our house.  I have always enjoyed the Old Testament. The stories never seem to get...
Jesus Loves Me – A Healing Lullaby

Jesus Loves Me – A Healing Lullaby

In many ways, it was a typical morning.  Brothers playing in the sunroom, TV on in the background, a list too long of things to be done.  The daily routine interrupted when a playful hug-and-giggle fest led to an unintended crash and burn. Out came my “Mommy the...
Is theology a guide or rulebook?

Is theology a guide or rulebook?

I was recently sitting in on a fascinating discussion among progressive Catholics about the current stances of the religious hierarchy on various social issues. As these people of faith wrestled with their identity as Catholics and their disagreements with aspects of...
Biblical Truth and Real Life

Biblical Truth and Real Life

Photo: This mural is on the wall behind the pulpit at the church I attended in Abepura, Papua. For most of my life, I have taken scripture for granted. Not only the pages and words themselves, but the cultural implications embodied in the reading and understanding of...

Peter’s (Kosher) Pickle

– Darkwood Brew: an interactive web tv/spiritual gathering (1 of 2) – What makes faith “biblical”?  If you embrace something (or someone) that is forbidden in the Bible does this make your faith “unbiblical”?  What if you forbid something the Bible clearly...

Scriptural Authority (or God Loves Crete)

The other day I was reading my Bible on the Metro (admittedly, it was a long ride and I’d forgotten a pencil for my Sudoku puzzle) and happened to flip open to the letter to Titus. Titus, the letter indicates, has been entrusted by Paul with the welfare of the...
What if I am wrong?

What if I am wrong?

In a conversation I was having recently I was asked what will happen if I am wrong about sexuality and whether it is a sin. It took me a little while to mull over this and come up with a theological response. I could have said I truly believe that God has shown...