Oct 02 2014

Begin Again: The Limits of Tolerance

I recently wrote a “Skeptics Collection” post in which I severely criticized a certain variety of contemporary Islam for being historically retrogressive, among other reasons, because of its militant religious triumphalism, its melding of political and military power with religious authority, and its hostility to any kind of critical stance toward Islamic history, sacred literature,…

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Oct 02 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: The Parable of the Good Farm and the Bad Tenant Farmers.

On this week’s episode of Renters from Hell:

(photo by NASA)
God created Earth and planted it with plants. He inhabited it with animals. He watered it, nourished it, and cherished it. The time came for Him to allow it to be cared for by people.

The rain, sun, and soil led to a bumper crop. The people were quite proud of their harvest. They were enjoying the fruits of their labor.

God sent a Prophet to the people, but they killed him. They did all the hard work, why should they share with an absentee landlord? God sent more women and men, but the people killed all of these Prophets too! So finally, He sent His only Child to them.


On next week’s episode:
God comes to Earth and cleans house. He takes the Earth away from them, and gives it to an intelligent alien life-form from outer-space who turn out to be better planet-stewards.


(Alien thoughts on Matthew 21:33-46)


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Oct 02 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Some Things I Do When A Meeting Loses Steam . . .

Over the years, I’ve attended more than a few meetings during which I became . . . disengaged.Usually, but not always, these are denominational affairs.  If it’s not Methodist, then it usually covers something I’m not very adept at or familiar wit…

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Oct 01 2014

Rankin File: Methods: More than Sharing Stories and Naming Sources

In a couple of different ways and places, lately, I’ve expressed an opinion about what is wrong with current United Methodist debates and what is needed.  My recent post about labels shared a personal experience illustrating the frustration of having people look past what I say and assigning a label that they then use to […]

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Oct 01 2014

YouthWorker Movement: 3 Scavenger Hunt Ideas You can Use This Sunday

There’s nothing quite as fun as an old-fashioned scavenger hunt.  Ok, there’s a lot of things that fun, but it is a great way to have a good time and build relationships.  Here’s a couple of our favorites: 1. Bible Scavenger Hunt – This scavenger hunt uses Bible verses as clues.  Since these references are […]

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Oct 01 2014

YouthWorker Movement: Calling All Quitters

This is more of a call-out than an article. Last week I announced at my church that as of the end of 2014 I would be resigning my position as director of youth ministries. I’ve never been sure why that’s plural. It’s actually a dual resignation; my spouse Britta is the director of our church’s […]

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