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I’m More Biblical Than You February 25, 2012

It is stupid for conservatives to think that they are more moral or “biblical” (oh my gosh I hate that word) than liberals.
There is plenty of support for both worldviews in scripture.

There is plenty of support for MOST worldviews in scripture, actually, depending on your preferred exegetical approach. The bible is not as cohesive as either side would want to believe, and to derive one single systematic theology from it while maintaining any kind of intellectual integrity is nearly, if not entirely, impossible.

— [Small section of a comment by a wise facebook friend.]


Slippery Slope January 31, 2012

It’s from the blog of Rachel Held Evans, and I can truly identify.

They said that if I questioned a 6,000-year-old earth, I would question whether other parts of Scripture should be read scientifically and historically.

They were right. I did.

They said that if I entertained the hope that those without access to the gospel might still be loved and saved by God, I would fall prey to the dangerous idea that God loves everyone, that there is nothing God won’t do to reconcile all things to Himself.

They were right. I have.

They said that if I looked for Jesus beyond the party line, I could end up voting for liberals.

They were right. I do (sometimes).

They said that if I listened to my gay and lesbian neighbors, if I made room for them in my church and in my life, I could let grace get out of hand.

They were right. It has.

They told me that this slippery slope would lead me away from God, that it would bring a swift end to my faith journey, that I’d be lost forever.

But with that one, they were wrong.


[Read this rest of this, and other writings by Rachel Held Evans. Click HERE.]

[AND buy and read her wonderful book
“Evolving In Monkey Town.” Click HERE.]


Some Seek A Sign April 28, 2011


OK. Most of you have probably seen a sign somewhere like
the first one below.  But hey,  if you’re going to  go that route,
these other signs may be just as appropriate!







The Dangerous Meshing February 4, 2011

The struggle between the church and the state is perhaps nowhere more painfully apparent than in soldiers who are trying to integrate their national and spiritual identities.  One soldier said he is trying to serve two masters, the cross and the sword, and his arms aren’t big enough to carry them both.  Many military chaplains have felt this collision most poignantly and express the crippling sense that they are simply preparing soldiers to kill and helping them to recover from killing, without ever having space to question the killing itself.
To refuse to kill for patriotic reasons is to show that we actually take our identity in Christ more seriously than our identity in the empire.
– Shane Claiborne

Read “Jesus for President.”  Click Here.

I would no more tach my kids military training than teach them arson, robbery, or assassination.
– Eugene Debs

Every war…with all its ordinary consequences…the murder with the justifications of its necessity and justice, the exaltation and glorifications of military exploits, the worship of the flag, the patriotic sentiments…, does more in one year to pervert men’s minds than thousands of robberies, murders, and arsons perpetrated during hundreds of years by individual men under the influence of passion.
– Leo Tolstoy

Do the people believe that the killing of foreigners is somehow different that the killing of Americans? – Timothy McVeigh.
No doubt he had been deranged by the myth of redemptive violence.  He bombed Oklahoma City [a deplorable act] in the hope that complacent Americans could see what “collateral damage” looks like and cry out against bloodshed everywhere, even in Iraq.  Instead, the government that had trained him to kill, killed him, to teach the rest of us that is is wrong to kill.  Dear God, liberate us from the logic of redemptive violence.
– Shane Claiborne

Christ, in disarming Peter, disarmed every soldier.
– Tertullian

Murder, considered a crime when people commit it singly, is transformed into a virtue when they do it en masse.
– St. Cyprian

For the last 1700 years the Church has not only been making war respectable; it has been inducing people to believe it is an honorable profession, an honorable Christian profession.  This is a lie.  The early church saw a complete and an obvious incompatibility between loving as Christ loved and killing.  There is NO WAY to follow Christ, to love as Christ loved, and simultaneously to kill other people.  Militarized Christianity is a lie.  It is radically out of conformity with the teaching, life, and spirit of Jesus.  As an Air Force chaplain I painted a machine gun in the loving hands of the nonviolent Jesus, and then handed this perverse picture to the world as truth.
– Catholic Air Force chaplain, Father George Zabelka.

I often hear the story of Jesus, with the whip, cleansing the temple as a justification for violence.  For one thing, although this was a very physical display, there is NO indication he used the whip on anyone.  That was not the character of Christ.  Second, and of GREAT importance, this anger was against the religious leaders; the “church” of his day.  None of this counteracts the nonviolent resistance of Jesus.
He taught things like “turn the other cheek,” “go the extra mile,” and “give more than is asked of you by your enemy.”  These are not violent acts, NOR are they acts of passivity.  No, this is a third and much more difficult way.  It’s taking a strong stand, face to face with your enemy and saying, “I will not fight you, but I WILL NOT BACK DOWN!  You will know where I stand and what I stand for, even if it kills me!”
– df

Read “Jesus for President.”  Click Here.


The Will of the Almighty Creator? February 1, 2011

“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.
In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison.
Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.

-Adolf Hitler

This kind of rhetoric is frightfully similar to that of today’s right-wing evangelical preachers.  Just replace “Jew” with Muslim, gay, or any number of other targets of their hatred.

All “American Christians” should read “The Myth Of A Christian Nation.”

Check it out HERE.

“I saw a banner hanging next to city hall in downtown Philadelphia that read, “Kill them all, and let God sort them out.” A bumper sticker read, “God will judge evildoers; we just have to get them to him.” I saw a T-shirt on a soldier that said, “US Air Force… we don’t die; we just go to hell to regroup.” Others were less dramatic- red, white, and blue billboards saying, “God bless our troops.” “God Bless America” became a marketing strategy. One store hung an ad in their window that said, “God bless America–$1 burgers.” Patriotism was everywhere, including in our altars and church buildings.
But what happened after September 11th broke my heart. Conservative Christians rallied around the drums of war. Liberal Christians took to the streets. The cross was smothered by the flag and trampled under the feet of angry protesters. The church community was lost, so the many hungry seekers found community in the civic religion of American patriotism. People were hurting and crying out for healing, for salvation in the best sense of the word, as in the salve with which you dress a wound. A people longing for a savior placed their faith in the fragile hands of human logic and military strength, which have always let us down. They have always fallen short of the glory of God.
“One thing that’s clear in the Scriptures is that the nations do not lead people to peace; rather, people lead the nations to peace.”
— Shane Claiborne

Read Shane Claiborne’s “Jesus For President.”
Get the scoop.  Click HERE.


2010 in review January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 150 posts. There were 67 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 19th with 270 views. The most popular post that day was The Misunderstood God.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lifewalk, rich mullins quotes, andrew farley heresy, short pro life quotes, and chris colcord.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Misunderstood God September 2010


Tribbles Aren’t The Trouble. Labels Are. August 2010


Scriptures and the Word of God October 2010


Eve Of Destruction 2012 July 2010


About Me May 2009
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The Baby with the Bathwater? November 29, 2010

Often, when I’ve heard the phrase “Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater,” I’ve thought to myself,
“Maybe the baby is evil. Maybe it needs to die!” I don’t know that I’ve actually ever said it out loud.
But, in that vein, here’s a Q & R from Frank Viola’s blog about that very thing:

Question: Frank, I gave Pagan Christianity to some friends and their response was, “Barna and Viola make a lot of good points, but they are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” I’ve heard this so many times that if I hear it again, I’m going to scream. What’s your response to that line?

Answer: I think there’s only one baby worth saving – it’s the babe of Bethlehem, the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything else can be parted with and most of it is clutter. To call the clergy system, the hierarchical/business-patterned leadership structure, the Sunday morning Protestant ritual, the billions of dollars we spend on church buildings and overhead “the baby” is ludicrous in my opinion.

From the place where I’m standing, it seems to me that what we’ve done is substitute the bathwater for the baby, tossing the latter and keeping the former.

In the words of biblical scholar Jon Zens,

It seems to me that we have made normative that for which there is no Scriptural warrant (emphasis on one man’s ministry), and we have omitted that for which there is ample Scriptural support (emphasis on one another) . . . we have exalted that for which there is no evidence, and neglected that for which there is abundant evidence.

But let me think about your question some more and I’ll tell you how I really feel about it. 🙂

Here’s a link to the Frank Viola blog:


Free, Or Just Rebellious? July 8, 2010


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Savior June 10, 2010

“Jesus is the only Savior, but not everybody who
is being saved by Him is aware that He is the
one who is doing the saving”
–Tony Campolo


Rich Mullins Quotes May 17, 2010

“It never fails. God will put people in your path that irritate you, especially if you’re prone to be irritated.

And this is what I have come to think: That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, whom I claim to be my Savior and Lord the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved.

You guys are all into that born again thing, which is great. We do need to be born again, since Jesus said that to a guy named Nicodemus. But if you tell me I have to be born again to enter the kingdom of God, I can tell you that you just have to sell everything you have and give it to the poor, because Jesus said that to one guy too.  But I guess that’s why God invented highlighters, so we can highlight the parts we like and ignore the rest.

It’s just that for so many people that I know, Christianity’s this matter of … it has everything to do with morals. Christianity is a religion about morals. And they will even talk about Jesus. And they will say kids need to know about Jesus so they won’t smoke, drink, or chew, or go with girls that do, and all that kind of thing. And I kinda go, “That’s not why people need to know about Jesus. The only reason—the only possible excuse for talking about Jesus is because we need a Savior.”

The secret of rock music: “If you can’t be good, be loud.”

I can understand why people would have doubts about the Bible. It’s a weird, strange, goofy book!”

I don’t think you read the Bible to know truth. I think you read the Bible to find God, that we encounter him there. Paul says that the Scriptures are God’s breath and I kind of go ‘Wow, so let’s breathe this as deeply as possible.


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