Eric Blauer

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I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.

The God of the gaps

“Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words. They should remain open. Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer This was one of the quotes I used Sunday in my Easter message …

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Christians should stop being Debbie Downers

The Rock, Conway's (S.C.) Community Church sent out this postcard to the community; the backlash has been caustic. The pastor has written this apology. Personally, I think it was in poor taste and sends a tired message to the unchurched community that we are judgmental party poopers. I've never understood the …

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Bringing Good Friday to the streets

“We're not those kind of people,” said two women entering the nude bar. It was ironic hearing those words jump out of her mouth as she quickly turned away from our sidewalk sanctuary altar she had paused to peek upon. But like a frog from a hand, she and her …

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We all have a place at God’s table

This is a poem about the 'rich man', the disciple called Joseph of Arimathea. It's popular today in America and in some corners of the church, to demonize the rich. It's ironic to me since in relationship to many in the world, our poor, is their rich.

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Christianity in crisis or Christianity without Jesus?

Andrew Sullivan thinks Christianity is in crisis. I think he’s confused the Christian gospel with some version of a Jesusy-neo-Buddhism. I'm sure this article resonates with many people hungry for deep and authentic spirituality and maybe even seekers struggling to find a coherent example of faith, but this points to …

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