Posts by Pastor Bo


Embracing Cynicism?


Posted By on Feb 21, 2020

It may be time to embrace cynicism. Our cultural moment may be calling for it. Several years ago I was part of a leadership development cohort of young people and on the final day before they sent us back to the places that we came from all over the globe the leader encourage us to stop working on our weaknesses. It really caught my attention because up to that point I been under the impression that my primary job was to become a...

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Embrace Mystery: Church


Posted By on Jan 25, 2020

What if the church, like Jesus, is fully human and divine? What if that makes us the Body of Christ? This video is a constructive proposal for using the surplus of meaning to expand our understanding.   Comment below or email VHUMCpastor@gmail.com with any questions 

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Deconstructing Faith at Church


Posted By on Jan 21, 2020

It is an honor and a joy to be at a church where you are safe to question things. It is incredible to be able to be able to bring your doubts, your hopes, your disappointments, and your big questions to a faith community that can handle it. I am constantly aware, as I talk to people near and far, who are not in a place where you allowed to do this. Last week I posted some videos and articles that I made – and I was delighted with the...

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Fully Human


Posted By on Jan 9, 2020

What would it look like for you to be fully human? Is Jesus a good model for that? If Jesus was less than human because he was actually God in disguise (bad theology) then what do we lose with him as an example (or exemplar)? I like to ask people a series of questions: How did Jesus heal? Was Jesus good at math? Did Jesus even have diarrhea? Did Jesus know people’s futures? The problem with answering “he was God” too...

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The Gospel of Mad Magazine


Posted By on Aug 13, 2019

Mad Magazine is ceasing its publication of the print edition. This is going to be a huge loss. Mad Magazine used parody, caricature, and satire to lampoon the ridiculous elements of our age. This was the role of parables in Jesus’s age. We have been taught to read parables poorly. They have been neutered, sanitized, and de-fanged. Many of us were taught to read parables as: Aesop’s Fables Proverbs Allegory Parables are...

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