A Time to Weed

April 2, 2012
Thumbnail image for A Time to Weed To say I don't have a green thumb would be understatement of the year. True, in college, I managed to not kill one of those cheap potted vines you get at the grocery store that seems to have evolved in order to spread itself across a dorm room bookshelf by mid-terms, but I'm not counting that. All I did was give it the ecological niche it was designed for. God and irregular watering did the rest.
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What You Don’t Know About Your Minister

February 17, 2012
Thumbnail image for What You Don’t Know About Your Minister You may not know this, but your minister is hiding. They might be hidng their taste for microbrewed beers. Or cheap boxed wine. Or their alchonolism. They might be hiding their love of anime. Or monster truck rallies. Or gay cinema. But they’re hiding something. Because that’s what their job demands. One of the great misconceptions about ministry is that ministers are completely open about who they are. Or…
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What Your Minister Gives Up for You

December 31, 2011
Thumbnail image for What Your Minister Gives Up for You What would you say if you learned that your minister was making the majority of his personal income not from the church but from ownership of a payday loan establishments next to the church? Or what if you found out she makes a good living writing erotica under a pen name?
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The Skinny on the Bible—Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism

November 27, 2011
Thumbnail image for The Skinny on the Bible—Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism His main argument looks to be this: the plain fact of pervasive interpretive pluralism, especially by biblicists themselves looking at the same Bible, makes biblicism bunk. In other words, if what biblicists said about the Bible was true, they'd agree with each other.
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Dear John Letters and Unitarian Universalism

November 21, 2011
Thumbnail image for Dear John Letters and Unitarian Universalism The thing about Dear John letters is this: If the same things keep coming up over and over again, it’s because they’re telling you the truth about yourself.
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Who Did You Say the Word of God Is?

October 9, 2011
Thumbnail image for <em>Who</em> Did You Say the Word of God Is? If I told you Christians are completely wrong about what the Bible says the Word of God is, would you be interested in knowing what the Bible says is the right answer?
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Clergy Misconduct Meets Decision Fatigue (Or, Clergy Misconduct, Neatly Explained)

August 25, 2011
Thumbnail image for Clergy Misconduct Meets Decision Fatigue (Or, Clergy Misconduct, Neatly Explained) Someone ought to put this NYTimes article on decision fatigue—the theory, backed up by some studies, that willpower is finite resource that depletes with each use—with Deborah Pope-Lance's lecture on clergy (mostly, sexual) misconduct. If someone were to do put together the two of them together, it might go something like this...
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Lessons Learned from a Christian Hunters Dinner at the Local Megachurch Food Court

August 17, 2011
Thumbnail image for Lessons Learned from a Christian Hunters Dinner at the Local Megachurch Food Court If you're a corporate vendor at a megachurch's Christian hunters dinner, your shirt should have patches. Lots of them.
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