Trump, Character & The Idolatry of the Hard Right

Needless to say, the past few weeks under the leadership and presidency of Donald J. Trump have been exciting at best, and “soap opera-ish” at the worse.  The man, who against all odds rose to the highest office in the land on the wings of radical “Alt-Right” zealots, disillusioned mid-America whites, and deceived Evangelical Christians, has surpassed the realm of lunacy in the past ten days - and even in the past ten hours. The clear issue with Mr. Trump...

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Pay For What? Dating & Upside Down Economics

So, I have positioned myself as someone who writes as a pastor, theologian, and social critic.  Now, whether or not I live up to any of that: you be the judge.  However, I realize that most of, if not all of my blogs as of late has been from a pastoral and biblical perspective.  Not today.  Not this week.  This is me, Jody Moore, the social observer and critic. I am a foodie.  I love coffee.  So I frequent great...

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The Gospel Speaks To It

I just spent a wonderful week serving underprivileged children in Tanzania.  These kinds of trips always heighten my spiritual sensitivities.  While on my flight home I watched some inflight entertainment.  I always like to go the section on Lifestyle or Documentaries.  The arrow button landed on a show called “Undercover Angel.” This is a reality show centered around sending highly successful and wealthy people into impoverished areas to use their talents to improve the current situation on the ground.  They...

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What Will I Do Now?

Well it is a wrap.  Donald Trump will be the President of the United States.  Not my choice.  Neither Trump nor Clinton was my choice.  I could not bring myself to vote for either so I wrote in the candidate that best lined up with my values. Saying that, let me declare right now that God is sovereign and He is faithful.  I love how He chooses to surprise us.  I am fully prepared to not only accept His will...

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall: My Thoughts on This Election

In four days we will go to the polls to vote for the next President of these United States of America.  For me, and for many, the choice in this cycle is probably the worse of our life time.  I will not pull punches in this blog.  I will not be gentle.  The burden that I sense for our nation and the fate of the republic is heavy. We have two people running for the highest office in the land...

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Prayer & Friendship: We Need Both

I had the pleasure of reading for the second time a book by one of my favorite writers, Henri Nouwen.  In this one section Henri is explaining how he has difficulty praying. Nouwen says the following: “So, what about my life of prayer? Do I like to pray? Do I want to pray? Do I spend time praying? Frankly, the answer is no to all three questions. After sixty-three years of life and thirty-eight years of priesthood, my prayer seems...

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The Great Divorce: Real Self v.s Fake Self

I am a big C.S. Lewis fan. My favorite of course is the classic Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. However, several months ago I realized that there was a Lewis book that I had not read. Its title: The Great Divorce. It is a fictional narrative about a man who lives in “Grey Town” but is given the opportunity to take a bus excursion to the borderlines of Heaven. There, in “heaven,” the man meets various people and he...

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Not Rattled

It hit me hard yesterday. I was consumed with grief and sorrow. I had reached the edge. I sat while trying to do my time of personal bible study and worship and the tears welled in the ducts of my eyes as I tried to maintain because I was in a public place. I am a Pastor by way of vocation. I am supposed to be well acquainted with pain and sorrow. I am not supposed to get emotional. However,...

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Trump & The New Vocabulary of the Christian “Right”

In the Christian community vocabulary is very important. Words are at the heart of the power that God uses to transform lives. The Apostle Paul declares that he is not “ashamed of the gospel (words with a message) for it (the message of words) is the power of God unto salvation…” (Rom 1:16) God used words to speak the created order into existence. The Second Person of the Godhead is aptly called the Word, and is the Word made flesh...

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Inconvenience & The Heart of God

  For the past several weeks I have spent quite a bit of time meditating in the Old Testament books of Numbers and Deuteronomy. There is a clear theme that runs through these two books that speaks to the heart of God and what He expects from His covenant people. He makes it clear that they are to love Him with their whole heart, but there is a way that this love is lived out horizontally that is quite revealing....

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