The Death We Carry

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I've been planning this for weeks. An intentional out-of-office beginning to Lent; traveling to different parts of town with ashes and blessings to share. Mostly I want to meet my people out in the world--in their real every day places where they live and work and share their gifts. Drawing a few strangers with my "ashes to go" sign would be an added bonus.Then last night, I got word of the sudden death of one of my church members. In my line of work, you expect to get these calls, on oc … [Read more...]

Sex, Violence and Football: Great American Pastimes

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Monday morning quarterbacks--this is your day to shine! Have fun cornering your colleagues at the coffee pot and regaling them with all the uniquely insightful commentary that your friends and neighbors enjoyed last night during the game. Some of the rest of us will be Monday-quarterbacking the commercials. Which, on the whole, were pretty disappointing. Those singing sheep though...  If I hadn't just bought a Honda like, 2 months ago, I might well be on my way to a dealership this … [Read more...]

Clergy Survival Guide: Flu Season Edition

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I once had a teacher who suffered from severe mysophobia (fear of germs) to the point that it significantly interfered with her life. Her husband taught in the next classroom over, so every morning he would open all her doors, turn on all her computers/projectors, etc, and set her up for the day. She rarely stepped out from behind her desk, and as far as I can tell, never ventured to the bathroom or the cafeteria. We all thought she was nuts.But now, I kind of get it. Because, you guys, kids … [Read more...]

Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex

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I found myself beginning morning prayer today with a sincere "Dear God... please do not let Donald Trump be president." Even though I know prayer does not especially work like a Sear's catalogue, nor do I think God exactly controls the outcome of such things... I reckon I was just flinging a desperate hope to the universe and awaiting some return signal that these are not, in fact, the end times. Because that Jerry Falwell, Jr. business last week? Where Rev. Falwell compared Trump to Jesus, and M … [Read more...]

Something in the Water: Privilege and Poison in Flint

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It must be something in the water, they say... When a common trend takes hold of a community. Like a bunch of women in the same church get pregnant at the same time; or an extended family has a big  wave of weddings in one summer; or a bunch of houses in the neighborhood go on the market at the same time.Or when all the kids in a single town suddenly turn up with lead poisoning.Except in the instance of a small town in Michigan, it is not proverbial. It is no folksy appellation. It is a r … [Read more...]

Chapter and Verse: Why Faith-Based Voting is a Bad Idea

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This story about Donald Trump speaking at Liberty University is so full of gross things, I don't know which gross thing to discuss first.Wait. Yes I do. Let's start with "two Corinthians."If you're reading this without context, you might be thinking... Two Corinthians what? Two Corinthians walked into a bar? Or, "Two Corinthians: The long-awaited sequel to the epic saga, Corinth One--coming soon to a theater near you!"But no. In his speech to the broadly Christian student body, Trump … [Read more...]

Shed a Little Light: Observing MLK Day

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Thanks, readers, for sharing your observations of Martin Luther King day. I've enjoyed your pictures and your words of wisdom. I love the ways people capture the spirit of this day in art, song and story. And mostly, I enjoy seeing how communities of faith, and communities in general gather around on this day to listen and learn, to sing and celebrate, to mourn and cast a hopeful vision forward together. Here are some inspiring glimpses from MLK day around the … [Read more...]

Still, Always: What Alan Rickman Really Gave Us

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Many of the miracle stories in the gospels have a common denominator: the hush factor. After performing a sign or a wonder, Jesus would often tell onlookers, or the recently healed leper/lame/blind man, that they were to "Say nothing to anyone."Biblical scholars have argued for millennia as to why that might be. Unable to fully explain it, they did what biblical scholars do and they came up with a big fancy name for this phenomenon so that people would stop asking them hard questions. They ca … [Read more...]

5 Real Reasons You Want to Win the Lottery: But Mostly Why You Don’t

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If I won the lottery, I would not buy a fancy house or car. I would not quit my job. I would not trade in my kids or spouse for robot versions that always do what they're told.I would, however, go on vacation to wherever, whenever I wanted. I would not be at the mercy of Southwest sales, "off-peak season" deals, or my husband's hotel employee discount.Also, you'd better believe I would have a housekeeper. Possibly of the live-in variety, like Alice on the Brady Bunch.And then I would … [Read more...]


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