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February 20, 2018
A Better Way: Support of Haiti Orphanages Does More Harm Than Good
Guest Post: Margot DeGreef It's a common sight: American church groups traveling in matching t-shirts, with a...
February 05, 2018
Built to Serve: Dodge Truck Ad is an Exercise in Misappropriation
Toyota--good game. Although, would it have killed you to have a woman rabbi or something?...
January 15, 2018
White, Polite, and Part of the Problem: How to Honor MLK Day
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that white people, as a rule, like for...
December 04, 2017
Let God’s Blessings Trickle Down Slowly (and Other Stuff The Bible Doesn’t Say)
Let justice trickle down like a leaky faucet... Praise God from whom all blessings trickle...
November 28, 2017
Outside the Box: Rethinking Holiday Charitable Giving
I am fundamentally opposed to Black Friday shopping. For many reasons, not the least of...
November 22, 2017
Holidays Are Complicated: But You Are Loved
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for...
November 07, 2017
Do Not Go Gentle: For Fear of Death, For Love of Guns
Do not go gentle into that good night... Rage, rage against the dying of the...
November 02, 2017
5 Things for the Next 500 Years: The Church and the Next Reformation
Thanks to my friend Danny Gulden for this guest thoughts, as we mark the 500th...
October 05, 2017
Pro-Life Congressman is a Total Hypocrite, and Other Totally Unsurprising News
If that title sounds extreme and click-baity, that's intentional. Because the headlines (and tag lines,...
August 15, 2017
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...
July 21, 2017
Healthcare Is Sick and Making the Economy Sicker
Some folks seem to be operating under the delusion that Obamacare is some kind of...
July 19, 2017
The Ark of Irony
Once upon a time, the Lord spoke to Noah and told him to go build a...
June 26, 2017
10 Lessons the Church Can Learn From Harry Potter: On the Occasion of His 20th Birthday
I was tragically late to the Potter party. 20 years ago (!) when the first...
June 14, 2017
Along for the Ride: A Very P.K. Summer, Part I
If you are a parent, then you know the mixed blessing of summer. On the...
May 31, 2017
Christian Privilege Is a Real Thing: and a Dangerous Thing
Last week I was invited to speak at an interfaith panel discussion. I rarely say...
May 11, 2017
Duke Drama: A Lesson In Mission Focus
A guest post from my friend (and Duke Divinity School alum) Chris Furr. When I...
May 10, 2017
Prayer for Uncertain Times: Embracing Mystery as an Act of Resistance
Most of our human existential crises can be traced to a single source: our deep desire to...
April 20, 2017
Your Church Does Not Need Volunteers
I was writing my weekly note to the congregation (a few days late, because I...
March 30, 2017
Stories Untold: Saving Sesame Street from the America First Budget
Guest post: Rev. Elizabeth Grasham I won’t bury the lede: I vehemently oppose President Trump’s...
March 17, 2017
The False Idol of “Results:” The Sins of Our National Budget
If you want to know the heart of a nation, just look to its budget....
March 04, 2017
The World All Around: How We Can and Can’t Shield Kids From Violence
I recently wrote a post about letting our kids have their privacy and not sharing...
March 01, 2017
The Fast I Choose: Lent, and What Consumes Us
Years past, I have rejected the notion of giving things up for Lent. I adhere...
February 25, 2017
Overshared Childhood: Parenting and Privacy in the Social Media Age
Friday night situation: everybody's home after Dad's been traveling all week, nobody has anyplace to...
February 21, 2017
Refugees are Not Political
I'm sure I'm the only pastor in the world who's been accused of "being too...
February 14, 2017
Our Billion-Dollar Heart Problem: 7 Non-Consumer Ways To Do Valentine’s Day
This just in: Americans will spend about 18 Billion dollars buying stuff for their sweethearts...
February 03, 2017
7 Reasons to Keep the Johnson Act: Protecting our Binding Covenants of Church and State
When he wasn't picking fights with our allies; or Tweeting war threats in the middle...
January 31, 2017
Reading As An Act of Resistance: How the Nerds Inherit the Earth
I read Animal Farm in high school. I learned that power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely....
January 30, 2017
When to Go Rogue: What Jesus Says About Saving Life and Breaking Rules
One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed...
November 16, 2016
The Country Needs Us, And We Need You: A Call to Action
Guest Post: by C. Shawn McGuffey Since the election I have been saddened. Luckily, I...
November 07, 2016
10 Things That Will Still Be True After Election Day
This morning my phone flashed a cute little notification that said "Tomorrow is election day!"...
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