The Criminalization of Christ: Love Wins & the Nationwide Targeting of the Homeless

I’ve got a new post up at The God Article today, a reflection on the nationwide targeting of people who are homeless. The impetus, of course, is the recent Love Wins incident, but that incident speaks more broadly to a disturbing trend in our cities nationwide. The Love Wins incident was not an anomaly. It [Read More...]

Gagging on the Gospel Coalition: Why A Reflex Isn’t A Measure of Sin

When I had my wisdom teeth removed several years ago, I felt as if I was going to choke to death. Awake, but sedated, I kept gagging on something. It was something unnatural and awful. I was convinced a piece of my tooth had broken off and gotten caught in my throat. I became frantic, [Read More...]

Stories, Not Sterilized Facts: How We Pass on Faith

As part of the Patheos Passing on the Faith conversation, I decided to invite my friend Stephen Ingram to share his thoughts. Stephen is a seasoned youth minister, an author, and a really thoughtful person. I was lucky enough to attend college with him and am honored to offer his thoughts on how we pass [Read More...]

A Back-to-School Liturgy That’s Not a Blessing of the Backpacks

Commonly, liturgical churches will do a back-to-school Blessing of the Backpacks. Usually, it is a simple, short blessing used in a Sunday Eucharist. But, for the purposes of junior and senior high students, I’ve always found them to be lacking something — honest engagement with how difficult and turbulent school can be for teenagers. So, [Read More...]

The Divisive Love of God: Homily for Proper 15C (Luke 12:49-56)

Proper 15C — Luke 12:49-56 As a parent of two little boys who in one breath dearly love each other and, in the next, dearly love to pester each other, I can’t say I was thrilled when I read the Gospel text for today, much less to have to preach on it. This text mocked [Read More...]

I Am Not A Drug: Why God Isn’t in the Business of Using People

Growing up, ministers would tell me that God wanted to use me. Even as an adult, I have had people tell me they believe God is using me to do God’s work. And it’s not just me. I cannot count the number of times I have heard people explain their own experiences and the experiences [Read More...]

The Shameful Neighbor: Food Stamps, Stereotypes and the War on the Hungry (A Homily)

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Proper 12 — Year C — Luke 11:1-13 There is no war on poverty in this country. There is no war on hunger. Instead, there is a war on the poor and a war on the hungry. Politicians today are targeting and bargaining away the food on the tables of the poor in the name [Read More...]

Jesus Doesn’t Want You to be a Good Samaritan: Lectionary Reflection for Proper 10C

For three unconventional retellings of this parable to enliven the well-worn story, visit here (the Immigrant Samaritan), here (the God Samaritan), or here (the Wrong Samaritan) Proper 10 – Year C – Luke 10:25-37 Jesus doesn’t really want you to be the good Samaritan. At least, that’s not the point of his story in this [Read More...]

Calling Down Questions: Homily for Proper 9, June 30

On July 29, I was ordained to the transitional diaconate in Northern California with eight other wonderful people, including two others from my sending parish, Grace Fairfield. The following day, I got to preach this sermon in the same church where I was confirmed and where both my children were baptized. It was good to [Read More...]

The Patron Saint of Poop: How My Kids Fell in Love with the Saints

When playing dress-up, my kids go from light saber-wielding Jedis to Julian of Norwich, patron saint of cats. If only I could get them to stop torturing the cat now ...

Like most of my good ideas, this one happened by accident. Four days into the Lenten season, I had nothing — no fast, no practice, no structure for the 40 days — even though I had spent most of January talking up the season to my two sons. We had gone to our Ash Wednesday [Read More...]


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