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02 John Pavlovitz – the pastor of the resistance

Donuts and the terrible problem of unlearning what you knew. John and Brian exchange ideas of not obeying all the laws in the Bible as written. Cause, modernity. John is “the pastor of the resistance.” He became a “name” after getting fired from the church at which he...

03 – Rev. Peter Boulatta – Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations

Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations. A roller coaster ride of learning about the Bible from two guys who seem to know a lot about it. My friend Lori told me that I had to interview Peter. It was one of those recommendations that felt like being...

04 – Rev. Lee Ann Bryce – Abortion legitimatized in scripture

Abortion legitimatized in scripture! How to interpret what you know. How to love the Bible even when people are hating on you for it – take the high road. I don’t think I would have the stomach to be a gay, female liberal preacher in Fort Worth Texas. But, Lee Ann...

05 Toni Anne Reynolds – Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books

Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books. The story of the good Samaritan is probably one you know, and you know it wrong. And, others. Misinformation gets schooled. I met Toni at the Embrace festival in Portland, Oregon and just loved her presentation on...

Recent conversations with friends.

02 John Pavlovitz – the pastor of the resistance

Donuts and the terrible problem of unlearning what you knew. John and Brian exchange ideas of not obeying all the laws in the Bible as written. Cause, modernity. John is “the pastor of the resistance.” He became a “name” after getting fired from the church at which he...

03 – Rev. Peter Boulatta – Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations

Multiple authors of the Bible and horrible translations. A roller coaster ride of learning about the Bible from two guys who seem to know a lot about it. My friend Lori told me that I had to interview Peter. It was one of those recommendations that felt like being...

04 – Rev. Lee Ann Bryce – Abortion legitimatized in scripture

Abortion legitimatized in scripture! How to interpret what you know. How to love the Bible even when people are hating on you for it – take the high road. I don’t think I would have the stomach to be a gay, female liberal preacher in Fort Worth Texas. But, Lee Ann...

05 Toni Anne Reynolds – Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books

Books that aren’t in the Bible but are Biblical books. The story of the good Samaritan is probably one you know, and you know it wrong. And, others. Misinformation gets schooled. I met Toni at the Embrace festival in Portland, Oregon and just loved her presentation on...

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Kindness. Always.

Two-dird watder. Please, Dad-da.    Yesterday at lunch at our kitchen table, my 11-year-old, Annie, was explaining to me how she deserved more screen time. She was poised. Brilliant in both logic and delivery. Laughing along at the utter brazenness of the request...

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Despite Gallant Efforts

Despite Gallant Efforts

Despite my gallant efforts A noble start     A beautiful fall day. Sunshine. Amazing colors of leaves. Crisp air. I decide to bike—instead of drive—the 2.1 miles to the synagogue where I’ll be teaching a course in a few weeks. We need to finalize some...

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