An Invitation

A letter particularly to church leaders:

I’ve been where you are! I feel the struggle. It’s real, it’s difficult, and it’s a burden that most lay people will never truly understand. Eventually you’ll learn more about me, and you may even tune me out when that happens. That’s okay. I anticipate that. I also expect the onslaught of backlash I’ll receive when people hear everything I have to say. I have peace with that too because I know I’m following my conscience by siding with my heretical voice.

Before all of that takes place, I want you to know that I love you. I know that you didn’t sign up for this gig expecting to become a celebrity pastor – even though it’s possible you have. I know you didn’t sign up for the overwhelming salary [as if, right?]. If you’re a missionary, I know you didn’t sign up because you thought it would be stellar to live in a grass hut using a rock as your pillow at night. You’re doing it because you have, at some point, had a deep conviction to share Love with others.

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That’s why I’ve started this website. I’ve had a growing desire to show people – including you – a Love that perhaps they’ve never encountered. Not because they didn’t know it was real, but maybe they’ve never looked at it from the perspective I’m going to present; another facet, if you will. It’s always been there, but I think our senses have just been clouded by the mainstream perception of who Love is.

So as we delve into these topics, I can’t promise you’ll like or possibly ever agree with me, but I’m asking you to just consider the idea of an open mind. Come with a teachable mindset, and let’s see if perhaps there could be another facet to this Love Gem that isn’t being talked about much. As I began to see this facet for the first time, I had to intentionally unclench my fists, remove the barrier of known “truths” and bite my tongue. I’m so glad that I did! This Love has taken me on a ride that I can’t even begin to describe. I know there will be more that I learn along the way, and I’m sure there will be times that I again have to unclench my fists. I know now that it will be worth it.

If you’re willing to take this journey, I’d like to ask that you’ll consider reading the first few posts without responding. Even if you find yourself in complete agreement, soaking it up and receiving it while reminding yourself to lay down your arms is going to be key. It’s so easy to immediately go to the automatic defenses of your mind and lay out your strategic reply – possibly without even having to think about it. I’m going to ask you not to do that. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll begin to see The Church through this glistening feature of Love, and let it shape you. This is for you – this heretical voice is extending an invitation.

I’m opening this website up for dialogue for anyone. Please be advised that I fully anticipate atheists, agnostics, denominationals, non-denoms, multiethnic, LGBTQ, straight, and international participation. Cyber bullying absolutely will not be tolerated.

Heretical Love – an introduction

Jesus was a heretic in the eyes of most, and should be today, in my opinion. If the Jesus you’ve heard about looks more like a celebrity that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you’ve not yet been introduced to the heretical Jesus I’m talking about. If you’ll allow me to do so, I’d like to show you a love you’re probably unfamiliar with – A Heretical Love.


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I believe an introduction is in order. Hello, my name is David Dietz. This introduction will intentionally be short and sweet. You may or may not know who I am, but my goal is for you to get to know me through not only my posts but through personal, one-on-one conversations with you. I want you to know that you’re loved. You’re important, what you have to say is important, what you believe is important, and the purpose of this website is to allow me the opportunity to show you that.

We’ll dive into some hard topics along the way. Some of these discussions will be fun, some will be deep, and others may sting a little. I can assure you that I won’t always have the answers to your questions, but in any case, I want you to know that you have a voice. Your voice is valuable to me.

With that said, I see this website being centered around Jesus; not the Americanized country-club attending Jesus you’re probably used to seeing. More, I’d like to show you the guy that liked to party, have fun, and hang out with prostitutes; the Jesus that stood up against injustice, hate, discrimination, and harmful religious ideals to the point that they killed him for it. You may have read some about this guy, but I’m sure you’ve not seen him much at 1st National Church of Divinity, and you’ve certainly not seen him much on Facebook.

Jesus was a heretic in the eyes of most in his day, and should be today, in my opinion. If the Jesus you’ve heard about looks more like a celebrity that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you’ve not yet been introduced to the heretical Jesus I’m talking about. If you’ll allow me to do so, I’d like to personally express a kind of love to you that you’re probably unfamiliar with – A Heretical Love.

Note: I’m opening this website up for dialogue for anyone. Please be advised that I fully anticipate atheists, agnostics, denominationals, non-denoms, multiethnic, LGBTQ, straight, and international participation. Cyber bullying absolutely will not be tolerated.