Not Your Mother’s “Wonder Woman”: A Feminist Review

When our family first saw the previews for the new Wonder Woman movie earlier this year, I was determined that this would be a family-viewing event for us.  I wanted my ten-year-old son to see it.  I wanted my 40-something husband to see it.  I wanted my 14-year-old daughter to see it.  And I wanted to see it.  Our expectations for this film were high and varied.  We were not disappointed. The epic origin-story of Wonder Woman is a masterful... Read more

Dar Tellum: 1970s Children’s Book about Climate Change Teaches my Son about Hope

Sorting through a box of elementary school mementos, I lifted a book out from under a class picture from 4th grade.  My hand brushed over the cover with an odd title and intriguing illustration of a boy’s eyes and forehead merging with a mysterious swirling orb with a tiny face at the center:  Dar Tellum –  Stranger from a Distant Planet by James R. Berry.  I smiled with recognition, remembering the first time I saw this book. It was the... Read more

Exit Paris? Enter Pentecost! A Christian Response to Reneging on the Climate Promise

As a preacher, it is not lost on me that Trump has committed high treason against this planet and the United States by pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord – just in time for Pentecost Sunday.  As I read the lectionary texts assigned for this coming Sunday (especially Acts 2:1-21 and  John 20:19-23) in light of this disastrous decision, it’s as if the images of Pentecost have been twisted into some kind of dystopian nightmare.  Tongues of fire, the... Read more

La Lengua de Dios: Pentecost and the Language of God

Pentecost Sunday is a symphony of different languages.  When is the last time you tried to talk with someone who spoke a different language than you?   I had a memorable encounter last year working the concession stand at my son’s baseball game with two other parents.  One was Nick who was working the grill.  He was white and English-speaking.  The other was Maria, who served the food.  She is Hispanic.  I worked the cash register.  Like Nick, I am... Read more

Flag Placement in Church: How to Have the Conversation

Patheos blogger and Baptist pastor Jeff Hood wrote an excellent piece critiquing the placement of the American flag in the worship space. He begins by describing the kinds of worship services that fuse nationalistic fervor that some churches hold on or around patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day or Independence Day. Then he focuses on the highly problematic symbolism of draping a flag over the cross, and exegetes the conflicted messages such imagery conveys.  He rightly calls such imagery blasphemous... Read more

Rebuilding the Temple . . . of Earth: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Ronda Sloan is a lay preacher and elder in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church and received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest. This is a sermon she preached at Bridgeport Christian Church, Frankfort, KY, on April 23, 2017.  The prophet Haggai chastised the ancient Israelites for neglecting to rebuild the Temple.  In this sermon, Ronda draws implications for our neglected “temple” of Earth today. Ocean debris litters our seas and... Read more

Jonah, Ninevites, and Climate Change: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Carol L. Devine is the Senior Minister of Providence Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, KY, and the second-place winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest.  Carol is also the Minister of Green Chalice, part of the Mission and Advocacy ministry of the Disciples of Christ.   Carole Devine, Minister of Green Chalice (Disciples of Christ) This sermon was preached on April 2, 2017, at at the community garden space at Transylvania University, Lexington,... Read more

EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest Winner: Brooke Baker

Congratulations to Brooke Baker, 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest winner!  In addition to a $50 cash prize, she also wins a signed copy of my book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015). Brooke Baker, 2017 EcoPreacher Sermon Contest Winner Brooke preached this sermon at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Cleveland, OH, on April 23, 2017.  Her text was John 20:19-31. Notice how Brooke makes use of a”through-line” using the title to... Read more

Climate Change Impacts Health, Families, and Wallets

“Believe it or not, when it comes to climate change, many people are not all that concerned about animal extinction or the plight of future generations.” When my fellow climate activist Peterson Toscano posted this observation on Facebook, I was cut to the quick.  I know it doesn’t matter to most people, but animal extinction really concerns me. Human beings causing this massive wave of extinctions – what biologist are calling the 6th great extinction – grieves me greatly.  And... Read more

Preaching Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” in the Trump Era

What might Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say to Donald Trump, the “drum major” in chief?  What does Dr. King model for preachers in the political landscape of the Trump era? Since the 2016 presidential election, some pastors have expressed reticence in engaging in controversial justice issues.  They fear “stirring the pot” and create unnecessary tension in the church by addressing topics that some deem “too political.”  The temptation is to play it safe and rationalize such a decision by deciding... Read more
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