Interview with Lucas Mangum, Author

I recently had a conversation with my friend, Lucas Mangum, the author of FLESH AND FIRE, MANIA, ENGINES OF RUIN, GODS OF THE DARK WEB, and WE ARE THE ACCUSED. The collection, Engines of Ruin, was just released in paperback on January 5 (the Kindle edition has been out since December). Lucas’ newest novel We […]

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The Power of Love: a Different Joy

Zephaniah 3:16-17; 19-20a You know it must be Advent if on the in later December we’re reading from another minor Hebrew prophet, in this case Zephaniah. It would be a stretch to say that many people know the book of Zephaniah well [Jewish or Christian alike]. Though, come on–I mean, he was the son of […]

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The Promise of Inclusion II

Baruch 5:1; 7-9  The Inclusive Bible Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God. For God has ordered that every mountain and the ancient hills be made low and the valleys lifted up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk […]

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The Promise of Inclusion

Jeremiah 33:14-16 During this time of year for Christians, called Advent, Hebrew prophetic literature is what is often read leading up to Christmas Eve. I wonder, though, do most Christians know what they are reading? Do they know that these prophets were telling the story of the Jewish people? Do they know that none of […]

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Great-FULL-ness

Let’s take a brief look at the concept of Gratitude across world religions [this by no means doing justice to each tradition]: Judaism: The first and last prayers of the day are of gratitude. For the Jewish people, all things come from Yahweh and thus their lives are filled with this recognition. A prayer is […]

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Basic Rules Don’t Apply: Love Is Wealth

Mark 10:17-22 What possesses you? Okay, weird question? What I mean to ask is: what consumes you, what drives you? What possesses you? Is it your career? Are you one of those people who is completely driven by your job and all the things related to it? Do you find yourself thinking and talking about […]

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An Ally Identity

Mark 9:38-41; 49-50     The Message (MSG) 38 John spoke up, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn’t in our group.” 39-41 Jesus wasn’t pleased. “Don’t stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. […]

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It’s a Human Evolution Part II

Mark 9:30; 33-37 To recap: Human evolution is a growth process that children, youth, and adults experience. Though there are plenty of narratives out there that try to convince us adults that we hit an evolutionary wall at some point and therefore do not change or have the ability for a paradigm shift—I argue that […]

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It’s a Human Evolution

Mark 8:27-32; 34-35    From time to time people may say things like: “Once you pass a certain age, you are who you are.” “People don’t change much after age ___….” “You can’t teach and old dog new tricks….” While most of the time we don’t mean any harm when we say such things, it does […]

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It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

Mark 7:1-7; 14,15     You ever hear this before: It’s what’s on the inside that counts! You know what it means, right? That your outward appearance is less important than your personality. Or, to take it a step further, that your SOUL [your whole self] is THE most important thing. If that’s what you get out […]

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