The Rich Young Rulers of America and the Good News that Makes Us Sad (Lectionary Reflection)

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I am the rich young ruler. And so are you. In the context of our world, we are all rich young rulers. If you make a mere $34,000 a year, you are part of the elite economic class, the wealthiest of the wealthy, the top 1 percent of humanity’s 7 billion people. In this light, [Read More...]

Battle of the Sundays: Pulpit Freedom vs. World Communion

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A curious thing is happening this Sunday in churches across America. For some, this curious thing is Pulpit Freedom Sunday. The day, promoted by the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom for the fourth year, urges pastors to speak out in favor of candidates they support, defying IRS restrictions that forbid such political speech in religious nonprofits. [Read More...]

The Transforming Death of God

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This is the final post in a series on the death of God. Read part one, The Foolish Death of God and part two, The Orthodox Death of God. A few weeks ago, I began a series on the death of God, and perhaps, with all this talk of death, you are wondering where is [Read More...]

Bigotry is Not An American Value, Gov. Romney

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No, Gov. Romney, bigotry is not an American value. Defending the Ku Klux Klan as a bastion of free speech is not an American value. Holding up Pastor Terry Jones, who lynched an effigy of President Obama and burned a Quran, as a shining example of the value of free speech is not an American [Read More...]

In Conversation: Jesus, Racism and the Syrophoenician Woman

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Last week, I published a lectionary essay exploring the exchange between Jesus and the unnamed Syrophoenician woman. Compared to many of my other posts, it generated a good bit of interest and and even larger bit of interesting conversation. Both on the blog (some 70 comments) and on Facebook, the post got people talking, thinking, [Read More...]

A Liturgy for Sept. 11 (Prayers of the People and a Litany of the Dead)

The 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is Tuesday, and for those remembering that day, I wanted to offer a few prayers I wrote last year, as well as a visual prayer meditation. I hope you will find them challenging, moving and meaningful. The Prayers  Today, we pray with the remembrance of tragedy in [Read More...]

Jesus Was Not Colorblind: Racial Slurs and the Syrophoenician Woman (Lectionary)

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Proper 18 Mark 7:24-37 Was Jesus a racist? This might be an uncomfortable question for Christians to ask, but, given this week’s lectionary text, I think it’s one we must ask. And we must ask it unvarnished. Our immediate response likely is, “Of course not! Jesus couldn’t possibly have been racist!” But Jesus’ exchange with [Read More...]

The Orthodox Death of God

Over the next week, I will be posting a three-part essay on the death of God, my experience of it, and my search for meaning through it. I invite you to walk with me and dialogue with me. Part one, the Foolish Death of God, can be found here. In the 1960s, the notion of [Read More...]

The Foolish Death of God

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Over the next week, I will be posting a three-part essay on the death of God, my experience of it, and my search for meaning through it. I know that much of what I write here intersects with the Death of God movement, but I also hope that I will add something to that conversation [Read More...]

The Rain Bow: A Short Story

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Like most of my stories, this one started with a question. What if the rainbow in the Genesis flood myth was an actual bow? The question rose quite naturally as I was re-reading the Epic of Gilgamesh, another flood myth which parallels the Genesis story in remarkable ways, right down to the rainbow promise at [Read More...]


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