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...]

Still Waters and Death Valleys: A Lectionary Meditation

  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right path for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before [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...]

When Resurrection Happens: Scenes from a Protested Holy Week


Last week, I posted an essay on Protesting Holy Week. A lot of people read it. A lot more than usual. Some folks loved it. Some folks hated it. Some folks were in-between. Some folks lived it. And are living it today. So, I thought I’d take a moment, first to say thanks to everyone [Read More...]

Unforgiving Jesus on the Cross

In the midst of his crucifixion, Jesus looks down and forgives his torturers, his crucifiers, his executioners. Jesus, in the midst of the unimaginable and intolerable injustice, musters the courage to forgive the unforgivable. It is a moment, at least according to how traditional Christianity teaches it, of overwhelming mercy and unfathomable forgiveness. Except, that’s [Read More...]

The Unexpected Faith of Doubting Thomas

    It’s Easter. Do not be afraid to doubt. Doubt boldly. Doubt joyfully. In fact, these are important, faithful and beautiful responses to the Paschal mystery, as author Rachel Held Evans demonstrated last week. Indeed, in the gospels, doubt and disbelief are important to the Easter experience, and Jesus does not condemn his disciples for [Read More...]

Easter’s Rage: A Poem that Will Get Pastors Fired

Just a quick disclaimer: The following poem includes rather strong language. Something I think goes well with Easter. For Lent I gave up swearing … well almost. A Homily for Easter by David R. Henson Goddamn evil Goddamn abuse Goddamn injustice, slavery and rape. Goddamn racism Goddamn war Goddamn that strange fruit of bigotry and [Read More...]

Protesting Holy Week

Church is the last place Christians should be during Holy Week. That’s right. On the highest of holy days of the Christian calendar, I don’t think the followers of Jesus should be anywhere near a Holy Week service. Not Maundy Thursday. Not Good Friday. Not any of them. Of course there are great experiences to [Read More...]

10 Progressive Ideas for Enlivening Your Holy Week Experience

1. Attend a public demonstration protesting oppression in honor of Palm Sunday and the “triumphal entry.” Stand for justice for Trayvon Martin . Stand for immigration justice, racial justice, environmental justice. And if you don’t know what those are, Palm Sunday is the day on the Christian calendar to find out. 2. Read The Last [Read More...]

Caretakers of a Mystery (Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, March 5 I Corinthians 4:1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Servants are orderly things. Mysteries [Read More...]