Peaceful Passages, by Janet Wehr, RN

I started reading Peaceful Passages the day Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Assisted Suicide bill into law. The context is important, at least it has been to me. I should start by saying that Peaceful Passages might be the best book I’ve written about as part of the Patheos Book Club. Janet Wehr, RN, has [Read More…]

Ephesians III: What Do I Mean by “In Christ Jesus?”

Among other things, the sermon delves into the question, “What does the cross and resurrection have to do with evolutionary theory?” [Read more…]

Saying the Bible is Just Plain Wrong

Yesterday I posted a sermon, Seeking a Life of Meaning, and was delighted to receive a serious comment. I say delighted because the tone opened a respectful dialogue rather than some comments I’ve received that deal only in angry rhetoric. Anyway, the commenter, Carl, raises a good point, one I often discuss with my wife. [Read More…]

Ephesians Video II: Seeking a Life of Meaning

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Ephesians Video I: Invitation to a Sermon Series on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

I miss the pulpit, so I decided to do something about it. I will be preaching brief sermons on Monday mornings for at least as long as it takes for me to preach through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is the video introduction. The first sermon follows shortly.   The following video is of [Read More…]

He Resigned the Very Next Day

John Boehner resigned the very next day. Pope Francis, surely one of the most sympathetic figures on the face of the globe today, came to visit America. He spoke to Congress saying, “Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are [Read More…]

Are The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Possible? Yep

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that Jesus was right. I’m going to assume that when he envisioned the “Kingdom of God,” a reign where the merciful obtain mercy, where the meek, that is those who reject the use of coercive power as a means to even the most legitimate [Read More…]

Bobblehead Pope Francis

There it was. Someone had told me about it, but to see it right there in front of me as I raced through Philadelphia International Airport well, the desire to buy it overwhelmed me. I am now the proud owner of Bobblehead Pope Francis, the pinnacle of American kitsch, the ultimate expression of the consumer [Read More…]

Dad’s Not So Afraid Anymore

My father is coming up on 99 years of age. When he was born we thought there was only one galaxy. Can you imagine how much bigger creation has become? No . . . that’s the point. It’s becomes biggeer than imagination. Dad remembers being carried through the streets of Philadelphia celebrating Armistice Day at [Read More…]

Good People; Eroding Ethics?

In 1938 Nicolas Winton, a stock broker, took a two week vacation from his home in England to Czechoslovakia. Those two weeks were spent productively. He ended up saving the lives of 669 mostly Jewish children from certain death in the Nazi camps. An apparently humble man, he didn’t even mention the effort to his [Read More…]

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 [Read More…]

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 [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 probably isn’t going to understand that, but I swear, everyone needs to understand it. You can start from that “sin” place [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 this role, my voice has changed. That happens when you’re a preacher, but it [Read More…]