What to do When You’re Attacked on All Sides: A Message for the Clay Jars

Since the inauguration of this country’s 45th president, I’m noticing edges of what may be a disturbing new trend: friends in the resistance movement sometimes turning on each other. I fear this is a symptom of a much deeper systemic problem. How should we respond? Drawing on 2 Corinthians Chapter 4, this is a message for the “clay jars.” [Read more…]

Flag Placement in Church: How to Have the Conversation

Flag placement is one of the most delicate conversations to have in a church. How do we have a dialogue about the conflicts between nationalism and Christianity, while still maintaining pastoral relationships? [Read more…]

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

There is a way to preach about politics (literally, the concerns of the citizenry, the polis), without being partisan (siding with a particular party or group). Dr. King was an expert in this, and we can learn from his strategies. [Read more…]

Inclusive and Expansive Mother’s Day Prayers

We pray for women who are mothers, either by birth, by adoption, or through foster care. We pray for women who have lost children. We pray for women who give of themselves not just through childbearing, but with their intellect, their skills, their gifts, and their physical abilities. [Read more…]

The Case for Recognizing Mother’s Day in Church

Jesus showed us that by embracing women and the feminine aspect of God, we do not emasculate the Divine. We affirm the humanity of women. And we expand our understanding of God. [Read more…]

Jesus, Mother Hen: This is the God I Want to Worship

“God is great, God is good, and we thank HER for our food. Amen.” Does that ever give people pause and raise eyebrows when my children and I pray that prayer at restaurants or in the presence of other family members or friends. [Read more…]

When Psalm 23 Shepherded Me

Psalm 23, when we learn it by heart, can be the very presence of God shepherding us, restoring us, protecting us, guiding us, and blessing us with goodness and mercy. [Read more…]

How Can We Talk? Confessions of a Disillusioned Red-Cradle Christian

White Christian Trump Voters, I was one of you. But the results of the Christian and Republican values you invested in me have yielded a bitter return in your eyes. How can we listen? How can we talk together? [Read more…]

Is Earth Worth Dying For? A Reflection on the Earth Martyrs

The faithfulness of the Earth Martyrs shows us that because Earth is worth dying for, we now know what is worth living for. [Read more…]

Religion and Science Can be Besties!: It’s Time for New Friendships

As citizens take part in the March for Science, I hope Christians will make it a point to take selfies with scientists. It’s time for the suspicion and antagonism to end, and new friendships to begin! [Read more…]