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Mark Sandlin is an ordained PC(USA) minister currently serving at Vandalia Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. Mark is a co-founder of The Christian Left and blogs at The God Article. He has been featured on NPR's The Story with Dick Gordon, PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, and the upcoming documentary film Amendment One.

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Open Letter to a Too Small God

(86) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 12:04 PM

To a Too Small God,

I don't really know how to say this. Honestly, if you were bigger this would be so much easier. If you were bigger, you could take the questions and I wouldn't be so worried about hurting you.

Look, I've been trying to make this "us"...

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The War on Thanksgiving

(257) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:24 AM

The "War on Christmas" is nothing more than a distraction. It's part of a war-on-the-holidays shell game -- a misdirect. While the religious right is up in arms about people saying "happy holidays," the real battle is being fought on Thanksgiving. You? You're watching the wrong shell.

We all...

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The Fandom of God Is Upon Us and It's Killing the Church

(78) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Pop culture has given us plenty of things to bemoan. From Miley Cyrus twerking to catchphrases like "makes the baby Jesus cry," the opportunities to be bothered by something are seemingly endless. The thing is, it would seem, for every person who is bothered by them, there is a group...

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Superman vs. Jesus

(672) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 9:37 PM

Superman is Jesus. More precisely, in the new movie, Superman: Man of Steel, we are meant to draw very distinct parallels between Superman and Jesus. Arguably, the movie goes a step further making Superman the modern-day, Americanized Jesus.

[If you have not seen the movie and do not want...

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Church Where the Sidewalk Ends

(7) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 2:13 PM

There is an amazing dearth of imagination in the Christian Church when it comes to things "new." Which, frankly, is amazing. Well, in terms of recent history, maybe not so amazing. In terms of biblical text, however? Really, truly amazing.

We're talking about the God who doesn't just do a...

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10 Things Church Can Learn From Geeks

(86) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 4:19 PM

As the Church continues its slow and laborious downward-turned death spiral, geek culture continues to boom! After just a little thought, it's not hard to see why.

For the sake of transparency, I have a true confessions to make: This minister dabbles in geek culture. "Dabble" may be an...

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Don't Get Caught In The Lent Trap

(388) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Lent note: HuffPost Religion invites you to share your Lent reflections, experiences, stories and photos with us. Send them to religion@huffingtonpost.com and check out our Lent liveblog.


I like the idea of Lent. It's interesting to consider that even though Lent is one of...

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King, Clowns and the Third Way

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 9:02 AM

"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice," proclaimed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It may bend toward justice, but it does not bend gently. It bends behind sweat of the brow, creativity of the mind, and love from the soul of those...

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War on Christmas? Sign this Minister Up!

(266) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 9:16 AM

Ah -- I LOVE this time of the year!

Some people wait with bated breath for duck season, some for deer season, but for me it is all about Christmas season. That's right, I'm one of those lefty liberals that have declared a War on Christmas. Yes! Sign me up...

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Back to Church Again

(114) Comments | Posted September 1, 2012 | 9:11 AM

The final entry for Rev. Sandlin's sabbatical series, "Church No More," about stepping away from church.

They say you can never go home again. The thinking being, having left and experienced new things, you have changed and the people back home have continued in their lives just as...

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Far Too Little Sabbath in the Sabbath

(15) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 7:41 AM

Part five of Rev. Sandlin's sabbatical series, "Church No More," about stepping away from church.

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A little over two months ago, I decided I'd spend my three-month sabbatical not going to church, which might seem like a perfectly normal...

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I Don't Want to Go Back to Church and Why I Will

(618) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 8:53 AM

Part four of Rev. Sandlin's sabbatical series, "Church No More,"
about stepping away from church.

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I love the Church. I...

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The 'C' Word: Why I (and Other Christians) Resist the Label

(177) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 9:48 PM

Part three of Rev. Sandlin's sabbatical series, "Church No More," about stepping away from church.

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I have a confession. (That's rich, right? A minister confessing.) I have a hard...

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I'm Not Saying You're Homophobic; I'm Just Saying You're Homophobic

(387) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:32 AM

Fear will be the death of me. That's what I hear denominations trying to tell us, "Fear will be the death of me." Until today, I've restrained from calling people "homophobic." I've called their laws homophobic, their ideas homophobic, their words homophobic, but never them. So, today I'm coming out...

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Finding Spiritual Community Outside of Church

(39) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 10:12 AM

Part 2 of Rev. Sandlin's sabbatical series, "Church No More," about stepping away from church.

It might be that the thing which concerned me the most about leaving the church was...

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'Ain't Gonna Go to Church No More,' Says Minister

(677) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:01 AM

I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual "Down By the Riverside." (Don't worry. It's Okay. I'm a minister). My new version goes something like this:

Gonna lay down my robe and stole
Down by the Riverside
Down by the Riverside
Down by the Riverside
Gonna lay down...

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