wrong way

Hey, We’re Chrsitians Too, Two

It’s interesting to me that Brooks did not speak to the progressive Christian community. Why? Maybe he just thinks we should just keep on keeping on, but I wonder if he doesn’t sense some power there that he doesn’t see in our neck of the woods. I wrote a post some years ago, “An Open Letter to Evangelicals.” I’m frequently surprised to discover what I’ve written when I search my own archives, but this one was different; this one stuck in my mind.The first line of my “Open Letter” was “I need … [Read More...]

culture war

Hey, We’re Christians Too

I’d like to think that New York times columnist, David Brooks, reads my blog but I know it’s not true. (Right David?) His recent column The Next Culture War, is gently, respectfully asking the church to move on – to stop fighting about sex. He offers strategic rather than principled reasoning for his request; he isn’t trying to change anyone’s mind on same-sex marriage for instance. He’s just saying that tactically this battle is lost, at least for a time and what society really needs is for the … [Read More...]

How to Grow Up (or at least free up)

I wondered what they thought at the next table. Dr. Waetjen was quite exorcized when he said it: you’ve got to decide which is primary, which gets priority – being or becoming. A non-theologian pro … [Read More...]

SIN: Has the Church Abdicated?

In writing more on this blog I’ve been finding my voice in a different way. I’ve been a preacher for 20 years. I love preaching. I live for it really, but not doing it for some time I find that in thi … [Read More...]

What the Pope Said About Charleston

News cycles being what they are, it seems that the Pope’s encyclical on the environment didn’t get the play it might have if there hadn’t been an eruption of hatred from the racist volcano last Wedne … [Read More...]

Must We Talk About the confederate Flag?

Do we really have to listen to arguments about whether the confederate flag, (deliberate typo), over South Carolina’s Capitol should come down? It’s a smoke screen. It shouldn’t take up any air time at … [Read More...]

Escape, Freedom, and Pleasure

I just found out I’m preaching again on July 4th weekend. Sure enough every year it rolls around, and even when I’m not installed as the preacher in a particular congregation, I find that I’m asked to … [Read More...]

You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself

It breaks my heart but I keep doing it. It breaks my heart but I keep on reading the news . . . for a long time every day. I haven’t been doing it forever. Sometimes I’ll go months without really pay … [Read More...]

Felt Crushed, But I Got It

I preached at a Center for Spiritual Living last Sunday and I learned that the church has a serious image problem. I’m usually game to try and recover that image, to use my voice to gently prod the c … [Read More...]

Hand on the Mirror and the Fallacy of a Supernatural God

The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death is a curious book, but let me start by saying that I’m grateful for it.The author, Janis Durham, a former managing Editor of the Sa … [Read More...]

Happify and Integral Theory

The reader will be forgiven for thinking that “Happify” is a silly name, but having spent some time with the program I’ve come to think of it as whimsical. In the all important field of “branding” thes … [Read More...]

Success Summit 3.0 and Outrageous Love Letters

Just back from the Success Summit 3.0 in Boulder, four amazing, heart opening days with business leaders, entertainment leaders, along with students of relationship – relationships among humans, r … [Read More...]

Love Letter 35

I’ve got a really long list of people to write love letters to and it keeps getting longer so I should probably move on and write to someone else, but I don’t want to. I want to tell you that I love yo … [Read More...]

Love Letter 34

I love you so much it makes me giddy. Here I am sitting in the office late at night; just finished the first letter and a woman from one of the other offices here comes in because its late and she … [Read More...]


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