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February 01, 2016
Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex
I found myself beginning morning prayer today with a sincere "Dear God... please do not...
January 18, 2016
Shed a Little Light: Observing MLK Day
Thanks, readers, for sharing your observations of Martin Luther King day. I've enjoyed your pictures and...
December 30, 2015
For the Turning: A Progressive Year in Review
Dear Friends and citizens of the internet, I know I'm not alone in feeling that...
November 30, 2015
Keeping the Light
Normally, I’m a purist. Nothing green or sparkly goes up at my house until the...
November 07, 2015
Lost in the Crowd
It's been a big week in Kansas City. Following the Royals' World Series win, we pretty...
October 07, 2015
Because The World is Hungry
This was Sunday's sermon for World Communion Sunday. As always, the table was filled with...
September 30, 2015
It is Finished: The Life and Death of Kelly Gissendaner
It's done. Sort of. The story of a killer. It was one-part true crime, and...
August 31, 2015
Clean Hands, Full Hearts (Can’t Lose): A Sermon About Purity and Tradition
7Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered...
August 19, 2015
Healing and Hilarity in “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”
If David Sedaris and Anne Lamott had a baby together... it would be this book....
August 06, 2015
Get Well Soon! And Other Perky Things Not to Say to a Dying Person
I was on my way out the door to visit a church member in hospice care....
July 30, 2015
And Yet: Two Words to Transform The Church
A friend of mine who works in youth ministry has a theory: Millennials, contrary to...
July 28, 2015
Sinking Ships: 6 Do’s, and One Big Don’t, for Fundraising
Ever been on a sinking ship? I have. Literally. But not for long. Because the...
July 27, 2015
More than Half Enough
Guest post, by Rev. Ryan Motter “Well, look at you. You’re half the man you...
July 13, 2015
One day, all is right with the literary world... And then suddenly, one of the most...
July 10, 2015
Cloud By Day: Living With Ambiguity and Measuring Ministry
In every generation, people of faith journey across the hazy plains of “What does this...
July 01, 2015
Self-Evident Truths: 7 Ways the Constitution is Not the Bible
When it comes to guns, religion and the display of hateful symbols on public property,...
June 27, 2015
Holy Edges: 10 Things to Preach if Your Church is Divided on Gay Marriage
It’s going to be a great day at my church tomorrow. My congregation has been...
June 24, 2015
Good Call: 10 Ways to Nail that Pastoral Search Interview
It's that time again. All over the country, exhausted pastoral search committees plow through another...
June 10, 2015
Who Run the World (#ChurchGirls): 10 Threatening Women to Watch
You guys, this is adorable. A friend sent me this blog post about how to know...
June 02, 2015
Fear, Faith and Freedom: What You and I Know about Anti-Muslim Rallies
*Ritzheimer. I mean… it just SOUNDS like a Nazi caricature. A cartoon bad guy with...
May 28, 2015
The New Art of Poor-Shaming
Now trending: America discovers cruel and creative ways to further strip away the dignity of its...
May 12, 2015
Which Body: Gay Marriage and Christian Unity
Last week, Adam Hamilton shared this post about gay marriage in the United Methodist Church....
April 30, 2015
Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist
I cringe when an article begins “Dear White People…” It lacks nuance, among other things....
April 21, 2015
10 Signs of Life: Your Church Might Just Make It
I once took a group of church leaders on a planning/visioning retreat. We read and...
April 16, 2015
Welcome to the Jungle, II: A Man’s Take on School Harassment
In my post yesterday, I cited a statistic that 83% of girls report being sexually...
March 31, 2015
Holy Week Survival Guide: 10 Life Hacks for Clergy
Lace up the trainers, zip up your robe. Eye of the tiger, baby. It is...
February 19, 2015
Those Who Do Not Learn From History…
I'm tired of writing about Kansas politics... So let's talk about Oklahoma instead! I was...
February 16, 2015
Around the (Messy) Table: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
I wrote this last week as a guest post for Ed Cyzewski, who is running...
February 05, 2015
Six People You Need to Forgive
Ah, the reject pile... No, not photos of people who got kicked out of new member...
January 22, 2015
Breathing Room: the Legacy of Marcus Borg
Listen, I don’t have a wildly inspiring story about the time I met Marcus Borg,...
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