Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. Currently, he is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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We can rise above grotesque nationalism. We can discard our gut distrust and hatred of immigrants and refugees. We are a many colored quilt, of different homes, different nationalities, different faiths, different circumstances. We can come together to embrace each other as neighbors. In humility, I believe America will find its way. Not in bravado. Not in power. Not in defense. But in honest, clear-thinking love of our neighbors.
What the disciples saw was a blob on a canvas. It wasn’t the full painting, but the beginning of one. And it was only one small part of an infinitely vast painting at that. Jesus was beginning to reveal the kingdom of God, and that is much grander, much more beautiful, and yes, much more different than what they could expect.
Church, we can do some really silly stuff. And sometimes, we can be bullheaded, and stubborn, and yes, even mean. Part of it is because the church isn’t a building, it’s a people, and people are flawed, sinful, and wounded creatures. Yes, we are justified, and loved by God, and transformed by his love, but we’re all works in progress. That means that sometimes, we’re going to fight. But getting through it is the mark of true faith. Continue reading
There are going to be people out there that want to see the kingdom of God, but don’t know that yet. The thing to remember is this: Discipleship is for everyone.
Every year we promise ourselves that we’re going to do better this year, that we’re going to be better people. We’re going to lose that weight, or write that book, or build that project in the garage. We’re inspired by a new sense of invigoration by the marking of a new year.
The cynical part of me always wants to roll my eyes at this, though. Are we really going to live up to these lofty ideals? Or are we going to break our resolutions immediately at the first hint of weakness? Continue reading
So, life kind of happened. It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog here, but I want to update you all with some of my major life changes. First of all, I’m no longer a United Methodist pastor, … Continue reading
The beginning of the good news[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[b] 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,[c] “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,[d] who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out … Continue reading
I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt: I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt:
The truth is, Advent is not as much about the afterglow of Christmas itself. It’s much more about pregnancy. Women, then, can tell you that pregnancy is anything but peaceful.
Pregnancy is chaos, up to the end. First, a new life is growing inside you. You can feel it. A woman’s body changes because of it. Fluctuations of emotions and physical pains/aches/cravings rock a woman’s body. There’s a flurry of activity. There’s the building of a nursery, the gathering of baby supplies like diapers, washcloths, bibs and bottles, baby clothes and God knows what else. All the while, you are not only working your heiny off, you’re waiting. Something is coming that has already begun to change your life and will change it drastically when it finally arrives. This child will change it all. Sometimes, it might even feel like your baby is the end of the world! And it is. The world as you know it will end, and a new, different one will take its place.
Rather than preparing ourselves for the end of the world with stockpiles and shelters, what if we prepared for the end as if it was a party?
What if we got excited for it, because it will be a joyous occasion? What if we made preparations for something not disastrous, but something magical? And what if our preparations were joyous in the process? Continue reading