How 9/11 Gave Us President Trump

Earlier today, a friend (who was actually there) commented that the events of 9/11 set off a chain reaction that led to Trump’s election. As I work on my sermon for this week, I can’t stop thinking about how true that observation is. Because my sermon is about fear. And fear, more than any other factor in our history or culture, wrought the chaos that is the 45th president of these United States. Do you remember? I mean, all of the… Read more

$h^+ Jesus Says: On DACA, Pharisees, and Bogus Authority

The Bible mentions care and welcome of immigrants more than 90 times in the Old Testament alone. Read more

Why I Agree With the Nashville Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

A brief PSA this morning: I agree with the #NashvilleStatement, issued yesterday from the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. No, seriously. I agree with them. I agree that there is no room to “agree to disagree” about the full humanity and worth of all God’s people. I agree there is no room for discussion or debate about who is welcome at the table, and who gets to be part of the kingdom. There is no discussion. No debate. Because the gospel,… Read more

After the Storm: Help and Hope After Harvey

The last few days have been grim and heartbreaking. At the same time, we have witnessed once again the incredible power of compassion, generosity, and love of one another. Read more

Commemorating Hate: On Confederate Monuments, White Supremacy, and Where We Go From Here

Guest post: by Shawn McGuffey When I was in elementary school I loved the Dukes of Hazzard. The funny shenanigans of Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane kept me laughing, while the co-stars Bo and Luke Duke’s “forget the rules” attitude appealed to my mildly rebellious spirit. And the show’s elaborate car chasing sequences kept my young heart racing.  I was in awe over Uncle Jesse’s truck, Daisy’s jeep, and Boss Hogg’s impressive white, convertible Cadillac Coupe de Ville.  Bo and Luke’s… Read more

Praying Through a Megaphone: Taking Church Outside

Guest post: Rev. Megan Severns Huston This week I learned how to pray through a megaphone. I wasn’t planning on it. It just sort of… happened. On Saturday, someone from my church mentioned the events in Charlottesville. But we don’t have cable or even high speed internet in the holler where my family lives (yes, we are that country- it isn’t available!). So I was blissfully unaware of the conflict happening in our country until Saturday night at 7pm, when… Read more

Trump Just Gave Us the Mother of All Civics Lessons: How Racism Works

I never (ever. ever) thought I would say this–but the president taught us an important lesson today. First he bemoaned the white supremacist activity as “violence from many sides, many sides.” Then he reappeared the next day with a bland and scripted statement condemning white supremacy– sounding for all the world like a child who’s being made to apologize to his little sister, even though he doesn’t understand (or care) what he’s done. This bland, measured, completely unemotional statement… from a… Read more

Show Us Your Faces

They tried to stop it, you know. Local business owners. City officials. The University. Thinking people. Compassionate people. Decent humans and citizens. They all tried to stop, or at least re-locate, the grotesque display of hatred and racism from marching through the middle of their beloved town. But ultimately, a judge ruled that the group was within its First Amendment rights in staging this “Unite the Right” gathering wherever they wanted to. I have mixed feelings about that. For my money,… Read more

Faith, Fire and Fury: Trump, Jeffress, and the Dangerous Theology of Kings

Guest Post: Rev. Brandon Gilvin I have a love-hate relationship with journalism that covers religion.  On the one hand, I love a good feature story about a monastery in the middle of rural America, or a story about religious traditions working together in innovative ways, or an insightful profile about someone who has examined her own faith enough to speak about it without resorting to platitudes.  But then, there are the stories that just make me cringe. Tonight, when I… Read more

Grieving Grace

Guest Post: Keli Douglass I met Grace shortly after my husband and I moved to Seattle.  Our son was an infant, and I was a newly minted “stay at home mom.”  It was lonely.  Achingly lonely.  Having spent all my life with countless family members just a short drive away, I was lost.  There were a lot of tears.  Grace was new to town as well.  Her husband and my husband had been friends for years and worked for the… Read more

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