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holidays, LGBT, relationships -

“F*** what people say love is!” I’ve been thinking about Valentine's Day which is coming up. It’s not a holiday we particularly celebrate as a community or do much on. Traditionally, Valentine's Day has been about a very stereotypical, heteronormative kind of love that society deems acceptable. Well F*** that! The NakedPastor community is different in so many ways and I love us. This year, I'm committed to creating a space for us to celebrate love in every shape, size, expression and sexuality. My wife Lisa is a nurse. In her education and workplace, the patient gets to choose who...

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christ, deconstruction -

A man says to Jesus, “Jesus! My beliefs are changing. I have tons of questions and feel like I’m losing my faith. I’m afraid I’m deconstructing. Please help me!” Jesus replies, “But I AM deconstruction!” DECONSTRUCTION: YOU DIDN’T SEE IT COMING BUT IT WAS Whether you believe in Jesus or not as a divine savior…Whether you believe in Jesus or not as a historical figure… I think we can agree that the gospels and his teaching portray him as a disrupter. Socially and personally he always provoked change. When I say that I appreciate my roots but I don’t let...

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deconstruction, theology -

A doctor says to his patient who is filled with questions, “I’m afraid you have ‘deconstruction’ and may lose your ability to speak coherently about your spirituality.” DECONSTRUCTION AND THE LOSS OF SPEAKING COHERENTLY My theological deconstruction lasted decades. It started in seminary and finally culminated in 2009. I finally found the peace of mind I’d longed for. It was over. However, the effects of deconstruction intensified when Lisa and I left the ministry and the church. What was most difficult was I felt at a loss for words. I couldn’t articulate what I was going through. This is normal....

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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I drew this Black Lives Matter cartoon when we had a march here where I live. We marched AND we wore masks. Because we care about people. Yes, I drew Jesus as a person of color. Yes, I drew Jesus wearing a mask. Yes, I drew Jesus marching with a Black Lives Matter sign. Because it’s in the spirit of Jesus to care about justice. It’s in the spirit of Jesus to imagine, struggle for, and create something new. I think it’s in the spirit of Jesus to want and work for a...

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theology -

People are standing naked while their clothes are being raptured up into heaven. Reverse rapture: when your clothes are taken but you are not. I make fun of this theology because it was used to scare me shitless as a teenager. You've seen my cartoon (that's on mugs and tees, etc.) called "Left Behind". We really were terrified into believing that at any moment the rapture could occur and we'd be left behind. Many of us have stories of fearing it had happened because we couldn't find out parents. Or something like that. We even used to prank our friends...

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