Category Archives: The Refuge

What Do Egypt, Abusers and Toxic Churches Have in Common

It is in our DNA as humans to want to go back to what has oppressed us. Evidence and experience are often not enough for us to resist the urge to return to oppression. For example, on average, abused women … Continue reading

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What I Wish I Had Learned In Seminary

What I Wished I Had Learned in Seminary I am grateful for seminaries and for the example of the dedicated scholars who invested in my education. At the same time, while I do believe in leadership, I don’t believe in … Continue reading

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Believe Both

Believe Both I like the bible. I like that almost each time I read it I am amazed at how precisely the author has captured the truth and complexity of being human. I like the counsel, wisdom, scenes of glory … Continue reading

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Glamour Shot Church

Glamour Shot Church The most accurate picture of what I look like is on my driver’s license. I hate that picture. On a couple of occasions I have needed professional headshots taken. I love those even though I don’t really … Continue reading

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Why Church is a Zoo?

I realize this a common theme in this blog. But imagine if as children we had learned this value. Last night at church I let the kids pick a favorite plastic toy. They could pick a frog, lizard, or snake. … Continue reading

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Afraid of “L”

Afraid of “L” Most of my Christian life I have been afraid of “L.” It is similar to grade school, when more than anything I did not want to be a sissy. I don’t think a worse epithet could have … Continue reading

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Am I Still An Evangelical?

    I am a granddad, an unaffiliated voter, a half-Swede, half-Alabama hillbilly, and a scooter rider. My spiritual/religious identity used to be just as clear. I began my spiritual life as a fully committed fundamentalist. I proudly belonged to … Continue reading

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