The Gospel of Our Lord, according to St. NRA for the Feast of National Gun Appreciation Day

Here at the NRA, Jesus doesn’t just die for you, he fights for you, too. The Gospel of Our Lord, Annotated and Edited for National Gun Appreciation Day: While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; 1 with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders [Read More...]

When the Second Amendment Enables Terrorism: Why Killing Children Isn’t a Well-Regulated Militia

A lot of people today are asking questions. “Why?” “Where is God?” “How could this happen?” Today, though, I’m not in the mood to ask questions. Because I know why mass shootings happen in America, and it hasn’t got a damned thing to do with God But everything to do with us. Do you want [Read More...]

When Jesus Invented a New Commandment

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Mark 10:17-31/Proper 23B/Pentecost 20 “You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal;  You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.” One of the first things many young Christians learn to recite is the 10 Commandments. My wife, in fact, can still [Read More...]

Just Marriage: Jesus, Divorce and the Vulnerable (Lectionary Reflection)

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Proper 22B/Pentecost 19 Mark 10:2-16 Earlier in the gospel of Mark, Jesus has a very public falling out with his family. His brothers declare him insane and his family seeks to retrieve him so he won’t make a fool out of himself and the family anymore. In return, Jesus publicly disowns his family, a rejection [Read More...]

The Rich Young Rulers of America and the Good News that Makes Us Sad (Lectionary Reflection)

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I am the rich young ruler. And so are you. In the context of our world, we are all rich young rulers. If you make a mere $34,000 a year, you are part of the elite economic class, the wealthiest of the wealthy, the top 1 percent of humanity’s 7 billion people. In this light, [Read More...]

Battle of the Sundays: Pulpit Freedom vs. World Communion

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A curious thing is happening this Sunday in churches across America. For some, this curious thing is Pulpit Freedom Sunday. The day, promoted by the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom for the fourth year, urges pastors to speak out in favor of candidates they support, defying IRS restrictions that forbid such political speech in religious nonprofits. [Read More...]

Bigotry is Not An American Value, Gov. Romney

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No, Gov. Romney, bigotry is not an American value. Defending the Ku Klux Klan as a bastion of free speech is not an American value. Holding up Pastor Terry Jones, who lynched an effigy of President Obama and burned a Quran, as a shining example of the value of free speech is not an American [Read More...]

Obama, Marriage Equality and the Political Ploy of Liberation

It is a political ploy. Of that, I’m fairly convinced. President Barack Obama became the first president to endorse marriage equality Wednesday. But, of course, it wasn’t the first time Obama has endorsed marriage equality. About 15 years ago, Obama described his position this way:   “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts [Read More...]

Amendment One and An Angry Lament of a Native Son

I am a native son of the Deep South, born and bred in the land of cotton, Christianity and conservatism. As a native son, I soaked up the homophobic culture in which I lived just as I soaked up a love of college football, the smell of fresh mown grass and cut wild onions on [Read More...]

The Resurrection and Wounds that Won’t Heal

Some wounds do not heal. When I was a journalist, I remember sitting with the mother whose son’s remains had only recently returned from the war in Iraq. I listened to her grieve as she told the story of how her son unexpectedly came to join the military, how she feared for him, how she [Read More...]


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