Witnessing Murder: Spirituality and Emotional Trauma in the Age of Viral Violence

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With unprecedented intimacy and frequency, Americans are becoming witnesses to murder. With the videos of beheadings and the footage of Black people being murdered by police, we’ve begun watching real people die violently in real-time, often from the palm of our hands or from the screens in our laps. Most recently, we streamed the disturbing body [Read More...]

“Because Cotillions!” & Other Episcopal #AutoCorrect Fails

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Like most folks, I do a lot of things while I’m doing a lot of other things. As primarily a stay-at-home dad right now, it often means that I make notes while I’m doing dishes, cleaning rooms, folding clothes, or ferrying kids to and from summer activities or camps. Typically, Apple’s speech-to-text software is pretty [Read More...]

Mass White Violence is Killing this Country

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Another shooting. Another chance to insist on gun control. Another unexplainable death of a black person. Another chance to insist that Black Lives Matter. Another shooter who is white. Another police officer who is white. Another murderer. Another radical. Another extremist. Another terrorist. Another white person with a gun Loaded with hyper masculinity and white [Read More...]

This is REAL Christian Persecution: Augusta Church Hit with anti-LGBT Hate Crime

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Christian persecution in the United States is real. It’s just not what you think. Christian persecution isn’t about having to offer birth control to women. It’s not about having to serve wedding cakes to gay and lesbian couples. Christian persecution isn’t even having people call you out when you spout homophobic, sexist, or racist opinions, veiled blasphemously as biblical. Real [Read More...]

Peace is Not Tranquility (A #WGFest2015 Lectionary Reflection)

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  Lectionary Year B — Proper 11 — Mark 6:30-34; 53-56 On Saturday, my youngest son and I spent an afternoon carefully stacking a half-dozen rocks that had been worn smooth and elliptical by the French Broad River that eddied around our knees.  The swift river and its small pockets of whitewater drowned out the world around us [Read More...]

Atticus Finch: Of Course, Our White Savior Is a Racist #GoSetAWatchman

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Of course Atticus Finch was a racist. Atticus didn’t defend Tom Robinson because he was some great advocate for racial justice, but because it was his duty to the law and a judge forced him to. Atticus believed in the law first, not in equality. And the law during Mockingbird? It allowed for segregation and overt white [Read More...]

The 1 Thing White People Can Do to End Racism

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A lot of white people recently have asked me how they can put an end to racism in the United States. They see the problem. They want to help. They want to fix what is broken. And, after some reflection, I think I have an answer — the one thing white people can do to end racism [Read More...]

A Prayer for Unanswered Prayers

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Where do unanswered prayers go? Do they get lost on their way to God’s ears like tourists who are forever turning down the wrong streets? Do they evaporate like the hours of a lost afternoon, scattered in the dust of daydreams? Do they burst into nothingness like the fragile space inside a soap bubble when it pops? [Read More...]

When Love Wins Everywhere Except the Church

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Today, same-sex marriage ended in the United States. Today, there is only marriage. In an historic move, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the nation, regardless of state laws. Today, love won. Everywhere in the country. Everywhere, that is, except in the church. What does it [Read More...]

Jeremiah 29:11 Isn’t about You … And That’s a Good Thing

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Jeremiah 29:11 is not about you. And, to be honest, I really don’t think you want it to be either. That’s because this verse isn’t about what your personal future holds. It’s not about whether you will get into the college of your dreams or the promotion you are hoping for. Not even close. That, of course, [Read More...]


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