My Last Post About Guns. I’m Out.

With the recent National Rifle Association’s campaign to bring armed guards into every school in the United States [12/21/12 nra.org], I’m out. Simply put, this posture of thinking and the conversations that have spun out of it, are indicative of a chasm of perspective that I am no longer willing to try and cross via [Read More…]

How This Parent Will Strive to Disagree Better

On the way to school this morning, the girls and I had a great interaction about how we treat one another. It began as they were talking about a t-shirt that they often wear to school that has the phrase on the front, “I love Lola” followed by the definition of “Lola” . . . “grandmother ” [Read More…]

The Role of Satire, Snark and Sarcasm in Building Community

Short answer: there is none. I recently stumbled upon a Les Miserables inspired video parody  in support of a Barack Obama’s second term. I have obvously shared my support of President Obama in the past, but a lesser-known thing about me is that I loves me some Broadway Musicals: In the Heights, Rent, The Book of Morman and Les [Read More…]

My Sunday Sermon, “Would Jesus Have Said Vagina?”

[Photo By joethedork] Okay, I am not preaching anywhere this Sunday, but feel free to “liberate” the idea, should you need a sermon starter. That said, I do hope that more than a few preachers out there are going to somehow use the recent Michigan State Legislature vagina kerfuffle as fodder for some good conversations on [Read More…]

Bruce’s Friday Five v5.11

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy. ONE | If you don’t mind people sneaking furtive glances at your chest to see what the heck is printed on your [Read More…]

We are Christianity: An Open Letter to Frustrated Christians in the United States

This letter originally appeared on www.reyes-chow. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, My name is Bruce Reyes-Chow and I too am a Christian. I am also a Presbyterian minister, a husband, a father and a Democrat.  Identifiers claimed, I write to you today because I am frustrated with the singular version of Christianity that is dominating [Read More…]

My Apology to Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin, A-Rod and My Mom

[Photo: hekatekris] Oh it feels so good, so justified, so deserved . . . and in the end harmless. “Sarah, you are an idiot!” “A-Rod, you are overrated and the YANKEES SUCK!” “Oh Justin, oh Justin, you just make me sad for the ears of an entire generation.” Yep, I love a well-placed jab, a cutting [Read More…]

Puppies, Butterflies and Kum Bah Yah

After a few of my recent posts have inspired some, let’s just call it “passionate” debate [same sex marriage & gun violence] I figured I should play it a little safe with this one.  I will say that while a vast majority of the comments and interaction have been pretty civil, I have received private [Read More…]