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...]

Don’t Thank God that Nebraska Ended the Death Penalty

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Don’t thank God that Nebraska just voted to end the death penalty. Thank an atheist instead. And one in particular, State Senator Ernie Chambers, who had introduced a bill to repeal the death penalty 37 times before. Considering he’s served as a senator for 38 years, that means each year Chambers introduced a bill to repeal [Read More...]

Going to Bed Angry

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Going to Bed Angry Last night I slept into an angry pillow. In the morning I woke with it on the floor. Which makes me wonder If our dreams make love While we sleep, and seethe. Or if forgiveness extends From touching toes. [Read more...]

Dear Graduate: Do Not Follow Your Dreams

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Dear Graduate, If memory serves, this month, as you are nearing graduation, you will be getting a lot of advice from a lot of well-meaning friends, family, and advisers. Unfortunately, it’s often a fair amount of bad advice. For example, they will tell you  to follow your dreams. And you will be tempted to do just that, [Read More...]

#KellyOnMyMind but Is Manuel On My Mind, Too? Problems of our Death Penalty Activism


A saint’s scheduled execution was widely protested and decried in Georgia. A sinner’s scheduled execution in Texas was largely ignored. And history repeats itself.  On Sept. 21, 2011, two men were killed by the state. One man, Troy Davis, was innocent. His execution sparked a massive outcry. The other, Lawrence Russell Brewer, was not at [Read More...]

Vinyl Church: 5 Things Christians Can Learn from Vinyl Records

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Vinyl. It’s not just for hipsters any more. And Christians ought to listen up, because the future of the church might just be reflected in the resurgence of vinyl records. In many ways, the music industry reminds me of the modern church. Like the church, its leaders fret about its future in the midst of dramatic cultural [Read More...]

Vanishing Jesus and the Christ of the Deserted Place (A Lectionary Reflection for Mark 1:29-39)

Epiphany 5B — Mark 1:29-39 When the people most sought him, Jesus ran away. When the people finally got an inkling, a glimpse of who he was, Jesus disappeared. When people at last realized that there was something different about this teacher and healer, Jesus vanished, eager almost in his need to be absent and alone. Unwilling to be [Read More...]

We Had This Treasure in an Earthen Vessel: Marcus Borg, a modern-day divine


Like many, I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Marcus Borg, a scholar of the New Testament, a brilliant writer, and a gentle, courageous Christian. Like many, I never knew him personally, but his work nevertheless had deep and formational effect on me as a Christian. As I remembered him in my prayers this [Read More...]