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The Descent: Short, Short fiction for Holy Week

He knew he’d find his friend here, in this place of the forgotten dead, among the lost souls no one remembered any longer. It was these places where he always went first, where he always felt most at home.  It was a place without the pretense of religiosity and perfection, a place where failure was [Read More...]

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Leprechaun Traps and the Terrible Lessons They Teach

UPDATE: This afternoon, as my children and I continued to discuss whether it was okay to trap another creature, they decided that instead of a trap, they wanted to build a hotel for the leprechaun. And to provide robots with the hotel so the leprechaun wouldn’t be lonely. So maybe it’s a reach how I critique [Read More...]

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Unholey Donuts, John 3:16, and the Condemnation of God (Homily for Lent 4B)

Lent 4B + John 3:14-21 Note: An earlier version of this opened with a story about my son. I had his permission to use it, but as he heard me practicing the sermon, he said he felt embarrassed. In order to respect his privacy, I changed the sermon and used a similar story from my own childhood. [Read More...]

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#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...]

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BREAKING NEWS: Protests Turn Violent in Jerusalem

Temple Protests Turn Violent Angry Rioters Smash, Loot Local Businesses Jerusalem — Authorities are searching for the leaders of an anti-government protests that turned violent yesterday, disrupting Jerusalem’s annual Passover observance. The leader of the unauthorized and anarchist demonstration, Jesus bar Joseph of Nazareth, is wanted on suspicion of vandalism, looting, disturbing the peace, and [Read More...]

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Vinyl Church: 5 Things Christians Can Learn from Vinyl Records

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...]

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From ‘I Do’ to Disfellowship: Why the Southern Baptists Kicked this Church Out Over a Same-Sex Wedding

Today, it is my honor to host the Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson, the first Southern Baptist minister (and perhaps only) to perform a legal same-sex wedding. And in Alabama no less! Having grown up in the Huntsville metro area, I was thrilled to see her standing for justice and equality in my hometown. Unfortunately, the [Read More...]

The New, Improved Imposition of Ashes!

Imposing Hashtags: The Problem with #AshTag on Ash Wednesday

Let’s just go all the way this Ash Wednesday and stop imposing ashen crosses on foreheads all together. Instead, let’s simply impose hashtags made of ash. Because, if we are honest, that’s largely what this day has become about. The #AshTag, not the ashes. The virtual, not the real. The immortal digital, not the mortal flesh. Ash Wednesday [Read More...]

A Lent Where #BlackLivesMatter: 10 Ideas for Black History Month and the White Church

Dear White Christians, It’s February, and I know you’re probably very busy with your Lenten preparations. Especially if you work at a church like I do. Ash Wednesday is right around the corner. Dry, brittle palms from last year have to be collected and burned, returned to dust. Supplies for the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper [Read More...]

The Christian Response to the Measles Outbreak: Love Your Neighbor, Check Your Privilege, and Vaccinate Your Children

Look, I get that nostalgia is big right now. We’ve got more 19th century beards, vinyl records, backyard gardens, and banjo music in the United States than at any other time in probably the past 50 years. It’s a throwback to those halcyon days of previous generations. But do you know what I’m not nostalgic for? Measles. Like [Read More...]


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