Category Archives: theology

PETA: Rat = Boy

Welcome to the universe of PETA. Because a macaque took a picture of itself with a photographer’s camera, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a copyright lawsuit today on behalf of the monkey. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/monkey-who-took-grinning-selfie-should-own-copyright-us-lawsuit/ar-AAeDuuo?ocid=ansmsnnews11 There is a … Continue reading

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Are You Psychotic Like Moses and Jesus?

How far can church leaders and institutions wander from their beginnings? Harvard University has slid from training godly pastors to raising “leaders” who label Moses and Jesus as psychotic. Fifteen years after the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, American churches were increasing … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday in ICU

As a kid, my church had a service on Ash Wednesday—but never with ashes. The music was melancholy, and for me the sermon was always too long. My first ashes were at Holy Cross in Ojai where I serve. I … Continue reading

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What Is Baptism Anyway?

Baptism is a command of Jesus. Baptism is something about which Christians argue and over which they divide from each other. This video presents baptism in a way that allows Christians who disagree to talk together. I serve a Lutheran … Continue reading

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Who Is the Holy Spirit?

“The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a means of experiencing fellowship with the triune God. That is, the Holy Spirit is the part of the Godhead that personally interacts with us. He is the voice we hear … Continue reading

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Les Misérables and Your Candlesticks

In Les Misérables, follow the candlesticks to see Love triumph over Law. Les Misérables is a tangled web of unrelenting law and unconditional love. What happens when justice and mercy collide? Law must be satisfied. Love must find reconciliation. There … Continue reading

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Marvel’s The Avengers

Everyone likes stories, and some of the most influential stories today are in movies. With that in mind, each winter I talk about Oscar-nominated movies Sunday by Sunday in February or March—leading up to the Oscars. Marvel’s The Avengers, nominated … Continue reading

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