Why I’ve (mostly) Stopped Listening to White Men

I'm a white male. So when I hear logic or reasoning or theology from other white men, I have an automatic affinity for it. They understand me. They are familiar. They are safe. There is a lot of value in being understood. We certainly should be familiar with ourselves and, by extension, people like us.…

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The Difference Between Fact and Truth

We need to understand the difference between fact and truth if we are going to understand our Bible. To illustrate the difference, here is a fun example, if you will indulge me. One day a hare was bragging about how fast he could run. He bragged and bragged and even laughed at the tortoise, who…

Climbing Trees

This week's gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary comes from Luke 19. Those of us with the unique pleasure of attending a Vacation Bible School will immediately start singing the song. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!" Geez! Can you imagine if Zacchaeus was around to hear this song?…

Sin and the Man Born Blind

Sin. Man, that is a nasty looking word. I could barely type it before loads of baggage started tumbling out from my past. We often think of sin as performing morally evil actions, such as lying or taking that extra cookie from the jar without our grandmother noticing (though I just learned the other day that…