“Because Cotillions!” & Other Episcopal #AutoCorrect Fails

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…]

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

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)

  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…]

God Bless America. Are you sure about that?

You might want to think twice this Fourth of July weekend before singing “God Bless America.” Since 9/11, this sentimental bit of civil religion has become a national anthem of its own and almost every politician loves to end their speeches with this benediction. But it has always struck me as an odd thing to [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

When God Sleeps through Storms (Lectionary Reflection on Theodicy 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…]

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…]