The Backyard Preacher #148 (Jesus the Immigrant)

Many people forget that Jesus as a child was a immigrant whos family fled to another country for fear of death. Today we face an immigration problem in the United States except the real problem is not the immigrants it is our response particularly the response of the church. The culture of Jesus should be accepting and, open to all people. Jesus said “For what you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.” We have forgotten the words of Jesus and have created an idol that is called the United States.


10 Reasons why: the Mollie Tibbetts Murder

10 Reasons I believe the Mollie Tibbetts murder was more than what we are being told.
1. The suspect worked on a farm connected to the government, he also was a gamer. The CIA may have targeted and contacted him online.
2. More than likely the two knew each other.
3.why did it take a month to find the body? They knew where the body was. They waited long enough to create a national news story.
4. Mollie was also targeted. Good family, young, attractive, white female.
5. The confession from the suspect sounds like something straight from a person who has been drugged and brainwashed.
6. What video? Home video? Who, what, and why?
7. Who confesses and leads police to a body the same day? MKULTRA was designed for this kind of situation.
8. Eccentric lawyer appears and is going to turn the case into a circus to keep the media attention going.
9. These studies of human reaction will be vital in future decision making by the government.
10. Nothing is as it seems.

Agenda: Divide and Conquer

For a month we have been praying, hoping and believing that Mollie Tibbetts who went missing on July 18th after going on a jog would be found alive. Time is not friendly in cases such as these. Yesterday Aug 21st we found out that Mollie Tibbetts was found dead, and that she was not only found, but the alleged killer took the authorities to her body. While the nation should be mourning the loss of a young woman who has not even hit the prime of her life, the nation has turned this into a call to “build the wall” starting a firestorm on social media. Why you may ask? The suspected killer who took authorities to the body of Mollie is an illegal immigrant.

My conspiracy driven mind tells me it all seems too convenient. The government and corporations are experts in manipulating the emotions of the people. Let us look at who makes national attention when someone goes missing. Young, attractive, white and female; these four parts of the equation bring in big numbers for large media outlets. Ever wonder why certain stories receive more attention than others? Well unfortunately there is your answer. We all seem attracted to these stories, and why not, the media makes them so appealing. All the right characters are assigned; the loving parents, a good home, a small town, an attractive female victim, a long search, and then the apprehension of the immigrant killer. Stories like these catch our emotions and prey on our fears and curiosities. The eyes of a nation are tuned in waiting to see what happens like reality TV show. Only this is being played out before our eyes in real time. A perfect catalyst for the powers that be to use such a tragedy to escalate the already heightened tensions of a country divided.

What could be the conspiracy? In the 50’s there was an actual government program that was given the name MKULTRA. This government sanctioned experiment developed by the CIA was used to weaken the mind of the victim and allow the person to be controlled. The facts of MKULTRA are terrifying stretching to college campuses and even to the torture and sexual assault of the government’s victims in order to achieve desired outcomes. These operations officially ended in the 70’s although I doubt that is the case. I encourage you to do some research on MKULTRA and the heinous acts the government committed on its own people. Some have even suspected the use of techniques developed within the MKULTRA project to have influenced Sirhan Sirhan to kill Robert Kennedy. Who was Sirhan? He was a Palestinian immigrant who admitted to the killing and even pled guilty in court while his attorney claimed he acted under hypnosis. Could Cristhian Rivera, the accused killer of Mollie Tibbitts have acted out of government mind control? If so, it was a perfect set up to increase the already heightened tensions within the country.

It is a fact that the government has used mind control on its citizens. Mobster Whitey Bulger and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski both are documented to have been victims of the CIA mind control operations, and both were possibly used as tools for the government. Other mysterious operations such as Operations Northwoods, which suggested assassinating American citizens to entice a war with Cuba was brought to the desk of President John F. Kennedy by then Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs General Lyman L. Lemnitzer. Kennedy rejected such a plan against the American people. Could Kennedy’s defiance of the Top Secret operation been one more nail in the coffin leading to his own assassination? What I am trying to explain is that the government is capable and willing to commit the most horrendous crimes against its own people for its own agenda. Is Molly Tibbetts the latest victim of her own government? Is the agenda to further divide the American people? From viewing what is being posted on social media even if the government played no role, the arrest of an illegal immigrant in the case has been all that was needed to bring about the hate that people in America have towards immigrants.

Yet what if the government did play a role? What if they did target Mollie Tibbetts and use Cristhian Rivera as the perfect killer to provoke the racial tension and political divide in the country? Let’s look at the confession of Cristhian Rivera. Rivera stated that he was following Mollie who was out for a run when she confronted him, then he reportedly “blacked out.” He told police that he did not even remember killing Mollie. Rivera goes on to state that after seeing some headphones he realized that Mollie was in the trunk of his car. He then stated that he placed the body in nearby cornfields. After his arrest he immediately made the confessions and led police to the body. Very strange, now I am not defending Rivera, he should tried by a jury and face the consequences. Although the public jury has already rendered a verdict of guilty with many ready if they could to render their own justice. While the idea of a “media trial” is nothing new, I feel it is important for us to allow calmer heads to prevail.

In the end, regardless of if this was a government conspiracy to create what we are now seeing on social media which essentially is the pulse of the nation. The focus should be on the family of Molly Tibbetts and their loss. Regardless of who killed her and why, there is nothing we can do to bring her back. If we had the ability to remove all illegal immigrants from our country these murders would still unfortunately take place. Yet, how many people understand that. Most people on social media don’t and even the President sees this as just one more reason to build a wall.

So I leave you with these final thoughts. It is obvious that the powers that be want the country divided. A divided country is a weak country; it is a country that can easily be manipulated by politicians and corporations. (This took place during the Civil War as well). When we are divided the government and corporations can engage in acts which we would normally find as violations of the constitution. It is very possible that the powers that be are setting the stage for even more divisive actions. So what can we do? First we need to stop with the division. Look at situations with rational suspicion. We must not allow the programmed hate fill our hearts and minds when faced with a horrific crime or terrorist attack. Secondly, and probably the hardest is to exert power through forgiveness. Jesus spoke of turning the other cheek, to forgive those that executed him even while he knew he was innocent. It would be a wonderful legacy for the family of Mollie Tibbetts to have her death not the cause of hostility, but rather be a catalyst for peace. Our government never will want peace in the nation and neither will major corporations who feed off these tragedies for ratings. We can be the voices of reason and the answer to a generation who says we must hate no more!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 147 (Aliens, Multi-Dimensions, Miracle, and more.)

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Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about aliens, multi-dimension, miracles, and ghost?  These are some of my favorite topics.  In this episode we will discuss these and more.

Progressive Christian Alliance, Official Stance on Immigration

I am a clergy member of the PCA and wanted to share the thoughts of our Leadership Chair The Rev. Gina Pond, on Immigration in the United States.  This is the official board approved statement in which we encourage you to read, think about, and if you would like share.  


We, the Progressive Christian Alliance, are appalled by the systemic, amoral, and unethical treatment of immigrants by the current administration. What started with a ban on Muslim immigrants coming in from specific countries has now become full-out incarceration and abuse of People of Color from other countries who came to seek asylum. We are disgusted and appalled that children, babies, and toddlers are not only being abused, but are being ripped from their families and forced to face the grown-up legal system alone and entirely without representation.

We absolutely condemn these actions by this administration. These actions do not in any way fix the problems that the administration claims to be caused by immigrants. They are inhumane and go against the teachings of Jesus and scripture.

In Matthew 25:37-40, Jesus tells us:

“‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

and Jesus also tells us that the greatest commandment is (Luke 10:27):

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

For those of us in the Progressive Christian Alliance, there are no exceptions to these rules. We love our Muslim neighbor, our LGBTQIA+ neighbor, our neighbors from Latin America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and any other place and religion on this planet. Radical inclusion dictates that there should be a place for EVERYONE at the table. This doesn’t mean that those who do harm aren’t accountable for their actions, but it does mean that even if someone has committed a crime, they are still treated as a human being.

The Progressive Christian Alliance, its clergy and laity, stand in opposition to these inhumane, racist, and exclusionary policies and will fight against them wherever and however we can.

We also call on all Christians, progressive and otherwise, to reflect on the history and role of Christianity in general, and extremist Christianity in particular, in bringing us to this point. We must work, in all our denominations, churches, and groups to root out racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and all other extremism. While we, individually, may not have had a hand in creating the policies created by those who have perverted Christianity’s ethos to their own ends, we each have a responsibility to own up to Christianity’s dark history and be a part of cleaning up our own house. Until we accept that Christianity has been used for evil throughout its history, own up to it, and attone collectively for it, we will never be able to change the future.

We ask, in Jesus’s name, and in the name of the One who is called Goddess, Godde, God, and many other names, that all of God’s people will return to compassion, to love, and to bringing justice and care to those who are in need. That we will do the reflection necessary as individuals, groups, and organizations in order to bring about the radical inclusion and hospitality that Jesus taught us to create and emulate.

Amen and May It Be So,
Rev. Gina Pond
Leadership Chair

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #146 (I Will Never Give Up)

Nate loves to motivate people. Every so many episodes Nate focuses on bringing a motivational talk to his listeners. Nate talks about the power of the mind, body, and spirit, how these work together. Nate talks about how you can create your reality out of your desires. Listen and be blessed.