The President’s Evangelical Clergy Council

A Failure of Moral Courage and of Gospel Understanding Friday evening Rev. A.R. Bernard, an African American member of President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Council, resigned in response to Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville. VA march of white supremacists, KKKs, neo-Nazi’s, and other alt-right groups, and the murder of Heather Heyer, a counter-demonstrator killed by a white supremacist’s car in an act of terror. The silence of the President’s clergy group in response to this situation, which has sparked critical response… Read more

Confederate Statues: Art or Identity?

Monumental Anger About a month after the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, during the annual Virginia Festival of the Book, at a talk given by local Charlottesville historian and City Councilor Edward Ayers, a young woman who lives in Charlottesville asked a question about taking the Lee statue down. “People around her gasped. “You would have thought I had asked if it was O.K. to torture puppies,” she recalled during a 2013 conversation on Back Story, a podcast supported… Read more

Your Words Defile You, Jesus Said

Words Said In Charlottesville Pride and Anger: Foundational Sins of the Alt White It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles . . . . what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles . For out of the mouth come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. – Jesus, according to Matthew (15: 11, 19) The… Read more

For Charlottesville

The Insidious Teaching of White Supremacy How It Is Cloaked in a Doctrine of Family Purity A true story – listen! My friend, a retired Episcopal priest from South Carolina, from an old Charleston family, from ante-bellum aristocracy, who horrified his family when he became an advocate for civil rights  back in the day, told me this story some years ago. It’s a story about Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General. He conceded defeat at Appomattox on a Sunday. And… Read more

Action and Chaos – America’s Great Loves

Jesus Calms Storms, on Land and Sea But Big Money Is in Conflict and Disorder It’s some years now, more than a decade, maybe even two, since Hollywood decided there was more gold in action movies than anything else. So now the big money invests in blockbuster films. Many are about cartoon heroes: Batman, Superman, Wolverine, the X-Men, and all their super-power brothers, plus of course, Wonder Woman. And they are an endless source of gold, for they not only… Read more

Give Me Your Highly Educated, Respectable, English Speakers . . .

The White House Writes Legislation for Immigration Change The White House Press Briefing hit a new low today, as Presidential staff writer Stephen Miller used snark and insults to drown out reporters’ questions and loudly talked over them, firing rhetorical questions from the repeating rifle of his mouth. The gist of this street fight which was supposed to be communication, was that the White House, in sympathy for angry and unemployed blue collar Americans, is intent on halving the number… Read more

The Miracle at Dunkirk

Another Feeding of the Five Thousand The must-see movie of the moment is Dunkirk, named for the beach where 400,000 British soldiers were stranded as the Germans, advancing in unstoppable lines, pressed them from every side. Christopher Nolan, who directed the film, makes it personal by concentrating on individual stories of a few stranded soldiers, a man and his son in their fishing boat, an RAF pilot, and a Commander, who shared the eight days of waiting and rescuing that… Read more

The Kingdom That Boggles Your Mind

Turning Your World Upside Down A pearl you spot in the window of a jewelry store. A box of money you unexpectedly find while digging around in the garden of a house you are renting. A packet of yeast and several bags of King Arthur flour you got on sale at Market Basket – all of these are things Jesus says best illustrate the reign of God. Not these things alone, of course, but these things with one or another… Read more

“Class-Cluelessness “

The Unkempt Fields of Weeds and Wheat Andrea Campbell, who teaches political science at MIT, has an article in the most recent Harvard Magazine, exploring  class –cluelessness, and using that title to describe the powerful resentments that are shaping American politics today, which is her subtitle. What she describes is uncannily close to Jesus’ parable of the weeds among the wheat. The weeds and the wheat, though, are “them” and “us”. And who is “them” and who is “us” depends… Read more

Weeds Among the Wheat

The American Harvest Approaches A Reflection on Matthew 13: 24-43 We’ve moved so swiftly, in the Sunday readings, from sowing seeds last week to pulling weeds this coming Sunday. But it takes much longer, I want to say to no one in particular, because I do love to garden, but I no longer grow things from seed, haven’t done that since my childhood. My father, who loved gardening, would take me with him on an early spring day, to the… Read more

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