You may know of a story in the Bible that features Pilate; if not, here’s a summary. He stood before an angry crowd of people accusing a man named Jesus the Messiah of blasphemy, because his teachings challenged the systems that benefited the elite and did harm to the most vulnerable. In an effort to … Continue reading Our Savior, Jesus Barabbas.
I remember where I was sitting, what I was feeling, and who was on my mind the evening of November 8, 2016. Rebecca looked at me with terror as the reality of a Trump victory creeped closer and closer with every swing state declaration. “Thomas, what is going to happen?” My eyes welled up with … Continue reading Making America Fear Again
During a period of my life, I was away from church for two years. A full year of this time belonged to deep reflection and atheism. I came to grips with the fact that the god I thought I worshiped was not the one I wanted to be ruling over me. I had spent the … Continue reading Leaving the Past: My Faith Journey
For too long, I lived serving a false god who hates, bars and favors. This god put borders over people, waged war against my neighbor, blessed some with the clothing sewn by slaves, provided food to some while others starved. A belief in such a god was like believing in Santa Clause. Santa seems to … Continue reading God is Dead. Follow Jesus.
Becoming atheist showed me that to follow Jesus, I had to reject god.
A Parable A man on a treacherous journey through blistering deserts, freezing mountain ranges, fighting off wildlife and almost drowning at sea comes to the beginning of his new life. He drops his heavy bag and wipes the sweat from his brow. The life of terror, oppression and fear of death is now behind him. … Continue reading He Burned His Bag
“In the Fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontus Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his program Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysania ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John … Continue reading Preparing the way of Humanity