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When Straight Christians Reject our LGBTQ Siblings: An Open Letter to the United Methodist Church

Dear United Methodist Friend, I’ve never been one of your number, though I’ve always been a fan. I grew up Pentecostal (among other things), where we found your personal and social holiness traditions to be fertile soil to grow our experiences of the Spirit stirring in our midst. During my years fermenting intentional house church […]

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Rivers and Trees of Life | Revelation: A New Illustrated Translation | Michael Straus and Jennifer May Reiland

The following is an excerpt from a haunting new rendition, The Book of Revelation: A New Translation by Michael Straus and Jennifer May Reiland. It’s a featured Speakeasy selection, and there are still limited review copies available for qualified reviewers. I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God, Ὁ Παντοκράτωρ, he is its temple, he […]

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Re-Thinking Hellfire for a Christianity Without Insanity | Boyd Purcell

In religious literature, suffering and punishment in fire are symbolic of the spiritually corrective nature of metaphorical fire. A literal interpretation of the symbolism of fire is a major cause of fear, spiritual insanity, and spiritual abuse—especially spiritual terrorism, spiritual abuse in its most extreme form. But symbolism in The Holy Bible is bountiful, beautiful, […]

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What Is Christian Mysticism? | Matthew Fox | The Lotus and the Rose

What happens when a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Christian minister sit down to talk? And not just any lama and minister, but a renegade Catholic priest silenced by the Church for his progressive and inclusive beliefs and an American-born secular Jew who once embraced Tibetan Buddhism as a student, and now is embraced as […]

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