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Religion, politics, and scapegoating (part two)

We’ve been looking at how a religious spirit, political spirit, and scapegoating forms an unholy trinity that insidiously undergirds the “sin of the world.” It’s the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about (or even notices), the poisonous air we’ve been … Continue reading

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Religion, politics, and scapegoating (part one)

It’s interesting that religion and politics are two taboo subjects in polite conversation. Why is that? What should we be afraid of? Actually, plenty! Jesus warned His disciples of two spiritual strongholds that would war against His kingdom—religion and politics.

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Having difficult conversations with the “other side”

I’m posting this video interview with Karlyn Borysenko on “American Thought Leaders”  as a great follow-up to my last post, “Moving Away from Cancel Culture to Connection.” This is part of a series of posts I’m doing on how we … Continue reading

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What the Cross exposes (and redeems)

Adam blamed Eve, who blamed the Serpent, who blamed God; the Pharisees blamed Jesus, and Pilate blamed the crowd. Today, republicans blame the democrats, who blame the President; liberals blame conservatives, who blame the socialists; the atheists blame the religious; … Continue reading

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Why we still need reformation

We need to stop starting God’s story with the fall. God’s story starts with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1), which is about God in relationship. We … Continue reading

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What a Glorious Day!

This is from a post I wrote back in 2016 because I thought it would be good followup to my last post. We’ve been been looking at how we see the atonement and what that view says about God. It was … Continue reading

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The door is open…are you?

Salvation is not about escaping something, it’s about finding Someone. It’s not about jumping through the hoops of religion, it’s about accepting an open invitation to something both strange and absolutely wonderful beyond our ability to imagine. Because of what … Continue reading

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Girard and the trajectory of Scriptural revelation

Something I’ve said for a long time now is that you cannot properly understand the Bible without Jesus interpreting it for you. Yet, many Christians read the Bible indiscriminately, as if Jesus never happened. Historically, and even to this day, … Continue reading

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Christianity: The Founding Murder in Reverse

I talked about what René Girard calls the “scapegoat mechanism” that’s alive and well in human beings last time. This insidious desire is at the bottom of what poisons everything. This time I would like to look at what he … Continue reading

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How human beings poison everything

My tongue is firmly in cheek here, playing off the subtitle of Christopher Hitchens’s book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, but I do want to make a point about this that I believe I can back up … Continue reading

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