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…]

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…]

Why Changing Light Bulbs May Be Hurting the Climate Movement

When I began to address environmental issues as a pastor in my first church, I thought that “going green” could be achieved simply through raising awareness, educating people, and taking the “five easy steps” approach (like changing to LED light bulbs, hanging laundry on the line, adopting a meatless diet, etc.). A decade later, I see that while these steps are noble, they are not effective by themselves. [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…]

Hymn for Earth Day: “Earth and All Kin”

A hymn for Earth Day (or any Sunday!) that captures the creation story of Genesis Chapter 1. Notice how the lyrics reflect the progression of creation (and evolution, for that matter) in the Genesis story. [Read more…]

Falling Off the Bike: A Sermon for Earth Day

For this Earth Day sermon, an 11-year-old’s ill-fated bike ride offers valuable lessons for this time of ecological crisis. [Read more…]