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Is Patriotism a Christian Value?

  Many churches this Sunday will be transformed into sanctuaries for nationalism and worship of a nation. There will be patriotic hymns sung. There will be sermons about the greatness of the country. But there will also be churches where flags will be conspicuously absent, where the faithful will be called upon to worship something [Read More...]

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The 1 Thing White People Can Do to End Racism

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...]

Taking Liberation without Permission: Bree Newsome, #BlackLivesMatters, and the Hemorrhaging Woman (Lectionary Reflection)

Proper 8B — Mark 5:21-43 The woman with the hemorrhage didn’t ask permission. She didn’t wait until the appropriate time. She had suffered long enough. So she took her liberation into her own hands. She broke the rules. And became free. It reminds me so much of Bree Newsome, the courageous activist who took matters [Read More...]

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A Prayer for Unanswered Prayers

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...]

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When Love Wins Everywhere Except the Church

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...]

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Our Heritage is Hate (Racism is a White Problem)

I have burned one flag in my life. In college, some friends and I set a Confederate flag ablaze in a parking lot one summer afternoon. It was a symbolic way for us to renounce our racist heritage as young Southern men. But renouncing it didn’t erase it. Reducing it to ashes didn’t do anything to end the [Read More...]

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When God Sleeps through Storms (Lectionary Reflection for Mark 4:35-41)

Proper 7 — Year B – Mark 4:35-41 “Even the wind and the sea obey him,” the awestruck disciples say. Just minutes before, they had been in the most terrible storm of their lives. Out on the open sea, the storm had threatened to swamp the disciples and their boat. They were terrified. Completely undone [Read More...]

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

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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Abuse Happens in Progressive Churches, Too: The Duggar Scandal and the Failure of Self-Critical Reflection

Now is the time to talk about abuse in the church. Now, when you are tired of talking about it. Now, when you’ve moved on to the next social media buzz. Now, when you think you’ve exhausted every possible angle of it. That’s because now is the time where we get to decide whether we [Read More...]

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Don’t Thank God that Nebraska Ended the Death Penalty

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...]


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