5 Ways the Church Hurts on Mother’s Day

By Elizabeth Hagan Mothers Day. In many churches its celebrated as a church holiday when Pentecost, Trinity, or All Saints Day are not. In some, it’s the second highest attendance Sunday after Easter (I know it was in the churches I’ve pastored!). On May 8th, it will be rare that you don’t find a bulletin cover with the title “Mother’s [Read More…]

Happy Mother’s Day, Dad!

What is a mother, anyway? Clearly it is not merely a biological relationship. Mother’s Day can be celebrated by two men or two women who adopt and raise a child. Mother’s Day is also for incarcerated mothers of children being raised by another “mother.” And of course step-mothers are mothers. Yup. Nothing is simple anymore. [Read more…]

A Very Human Jesus: Ewan McGregor on Playing Yeshua in ‘Last Days in the Desert’

“You can’t approach playing a character such as Jesus without being a little freaked out. It’s incredibly daunting …but you have to put that aside. You have to start with finding the man in you and focusing on that.”— Ewan McGregor, on playing Jesus in “Last Days in the Desert” There’s a surprisingly funny moment in [Read More…]

WATCH: Exclusive Clip from ‘Last Days in the Desert’ with Ewan McGregor

Last Days in the Desert, a new film by writer/director Rodrigo Garcia and starring Ewan McGregor, is an evocative meditation on the humanness of Jesus. Premiering in select cities May 13, the movie follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles [Read More…]

Hip-Hop as Theological Exploration

If it weren’t for hip-hop, I wouldn’t be in the church, period. What I later heard from some great pastors, I first heard from some dope emcees and gifted songwriters whose songs are described by church folk as “indecent” and “improper” and “unorthodox”. They are, and I thank God for them, because those were my burning bushes. [Read more…]

GOD: The First Artist

The first words of the first book of the Bible are, “In the beginning, God created…” God’s first act was to create. He created many wonders: heaven, earth, light, night, and all creatures that roam earth and sky ~ but that wasn’t enough creating ~ so God created humankind. And the first thing that God [Read More…]

The Rev. William Barber, NAACP President, Removed from Plane in D.C.

News has been circulating of a troubling incident last Saturday evening in which the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President of North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and architect of the nationally acclaimed Moral Monday Movement, was removed from a plane at the Washington, DC airport after an encounter with another passenger. The Rev. Barber recently released [Read More…]

Tax Day Spirituality

Today is tax day and the IRS wants our money. Many of us would “give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s” (Luke 20:25) if we only had it to give. Maybe we can spin straw into gold like what happens in the tale of Rumplestiltskin. Do you remember? The king shuts a young woman in [Read More…]

Women’s Faith and Power

By Harriett Jane Olson I meet empowered and empowering women every day. Women who are learning and teaching the skills to improve their own lives, the lives of their families and the lives of people all around them. Women who find themselves by standing up for others. Women who offer leadership at work, at church [Read More…]

Impending Trump Visit Creates Clear & Present Danger

Donald Trump has been invited to Patchogue, Long Island, on Thursday, April 14th, for a “fundraiser reception” sponsored by The Suffolk County Republican Committee at the Emporium nightclub, which is the site of numerous previously reported acts of violence, including a performer, “Stew Deez”, who was arrested and charged with second degree reckless endangerment, and [Read More…]

The Power Of Bluegrass Music In Coping with the Death of 29 Coal Miners

Donald Blankenship, owner of Massey Energy Company and one of the wealthiest men in Appalachia, was convicted yesterday of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards in the case of an explosion that killed 29 miners. He conspired to force employees to ignore safety standards that threatened profits. His sentence is one year in prison, [Read More…]

Trump “Outs” Anti-Abortion Hypocrisy

The people who want to make abortion illegal have just been “outed” for a profound inconsistency. Donald Trump, shooting from the hip, suggested that since abortion is murder, women who have abortions should be punished accordingly. The outcry from conservative culture warriors was immediate. Almost all anti-abortion campaigners oppose such criminalization, because they know that [Read More…]