While You Were Watching Melania: Rep. Steve King’s Telling Racist Remarks

While everyone was busy watching the absurd 60-Minutes interview; while we laughed at the disastrous rolling out of his VP pick, and the subsequent rolling back of the dumbfounding logo (the memes tho...totally worth it); while we shook our heads at the Melania plagiarism fiasco and wondering Michelle should take it as a weird sort of compliment(?); something else was happening:Iowa Congressman Steve King made an overtly racist statement in a public forum; and exactly nothing hap … [Read more...]

Just One Thing: On Hearing and Being Heard

Sermon from Sunday, July 17;  Luke 10:38-42The man said to the doctor, “I’m concerned my wife isn’t hearing well, and I can’t convince her to get it checked.”“Here’s what you do,” said the doctor. “Stand on the other side of the room and say something. If she doesn’t hear you, move a little closer and try again. Keep doing that until she responds, and then you’ll know how bad the problem really is.”So that night, the man sat on the far side of the room and said, “What’s for dinner?” … [Read more...]

Those Who Watch for the Morning

On Friday, I got a Holy Spirit memo that the message I started on Monday was not the right one for Sunday. That’s how it goes sometimes. So today, we’re going to have a Good News Sunday. It would do us all some good, and it might do the world some good, to focus on all the ways people are doing ok; all the glimpses of light breaking through the cracks out there. Your Mission today— is to not lose hope. Do not give up on good news, that is still being embodied and enacted, out there in the world … [Read more...]

And This Will Be Our Penance

Just to recap... Conservative leaders are running on platforms of "zero tolerance" for terrorism--and  Muslims in general, as though that is all the same thing. And yet, those same leaders voted today that it's A-OK for people on the FBI no-fly list to buy weapons of mass destruction. Because perhaps the FBI is just being twitchy when they say these folks are a threat to society. Because rights. And freedom. You know the drill.Here is what I now know: when this country's sick romance with gu … [Read more...]

They Want Us Dead: Hate and Marginalized Communities

A powerful guest post from my college friend, Shawn McGuffey. An important read that needs to be shared far and wide--and I'm proud to share it here. “They want us dead. I’m gay. They want us dead.”This morning I woke up smiling. Laughing. And making jokes with my partner. While morning laughter is usually as routine for us as eating and brushing teeth, it was notable today because we have not done so since the tragic massacre in Orlando this past weekend where 49 people – primarily Latin … [Read more...]

Criminal Journalism: Brock Turner and the Sanitation of Rape Culture

Such a heartbreaking story. Such a gifted young man, with a promising future. Sadly, he was brought down by a loose woman who drank too much and didn't know how to keep herself from getting raped while she was unconscious. It's a shame. Such a shame.You could read the article in the Washington Post that everyone's talking about this morning, but I'll save you the trouble. That's pretty much the gist of it right there. As if you couldn't tell from the headline itself that this was going to be … [Read more...]

The Small World of a #TrendingTopic: Gorillas and Other Big Things

I thought we'd be done talking about the gorilla by now.Clearly, we are still talking about the gorilla.Last weekend, a young child got into a wild animal enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo. The gorilla picked the child up and began carrying him around like a Cabbage Patch doll, much to the horror of his parents and other onlookers. While he was not seriously injured, zoo officials decided that the only way to ensure the child's safety was to kill the gorilla.And suddenly the internet … [Read more...]

Bridging the Divide: Ministers Make a Difference for Transgender Youth

Guest post: by Rev. Russ BoydI’m a parent of a kindergartner in the Fort Worth school district (and of three kids who are headed for our local elementary school in the coming years). I'm also a pastor who primarily works with middle and high school youth in a Fort Worth congregation. So there are many reasons I have a keen interest in the controversy surrounding my school district’s guidelines related to transgender students.I have lived in Fort Worth for nearly nine years, but an experi … [Read more...]

The Poetry of Emptiness: Reflections from the Festival of Homiletics

Guest post: My friend and colleague Rev. Laura Ann Phillips shares a good word from the Festival of Homiletics, happening in Atlanta this week. It feels like I have been “going” non-stop since October 2014, and if I’m completely honest, it’s exhausting. I’ve been reading articles about gluten intolerance and insulin resistance wondering if that’s what is wrong with me. Maybe what I’m eating is making me tired? I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more protein in fruit smoothies as a safe … [Read more...]