Yes, Jesus Married a Prostitute

Anybody remember, a little over a year ago, the media went nuts over a documentary called “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”? Here there was claimed to be solid proof not only that Jesus died and stayed dead, but that he was married to a woman named Mary or “Mariamne”. Anybody remember, about five years ago, […]

Red Letter Ramblings

One very formidable trend that has developed with Generations X and Y (for lack of better terms) is the desire to be a “Red-Letter Christian”. For the uninitiated, many editions of the Bible print the words of Jesus in red, and the rest of the words in black. If there are any accountants or finance-types […]

Untouchable

This morning Charles, one of The Core’s leaders, shared about the compassionate miracles of Jesus. Here are some quotes from that, as my memory serves me. From a theatrical monologue: “I am a leper… and I had not been touched in five years, not by my wife, my children, not even brushed by a stranger […]

The Question of Suffering

Yesterday my boss had to take the day off because he pinched his sciatic nerve. Normally he provides the office music from his iTunes, which can include anything from Johnny Cash to the Beastie Boys. But yesterday was quiet most of the day, so eventually I decided to turn on our local NPR station, and […]

This Is My Body

Us: “Why are you so judgmental? This is MY body. I can drink what I want, eat what I want, watch what I want, do what I want, say what I want, have sex with whomever I want, and deal with the consequences of that sex however I want.” Jesus: “You’re right. This is your […]

Merge – The Next Six Months

So I’m feeling pretty good about our new Sunday morning set-up… Merge Worship Gathering, 10:30 am, you know… Last Sunday was really beautiful, I think. You should come see for yourself. It was comfortable, it was casual, but also challenging and impactful, too. Everybody got to have a say, get involved, get to know each […]