This is Sunday, All Day Long

What if I told you that you could change the world using only the first 3 things that you touched this morning?For instance… I bet shortly after waking this morning, you touched a cell phone. Turned off the alarm that woke you up. Checked the weather to plan the shoe situation and, oh look at that, it’s SNOWING. On Easter. Maybe you also answered a message or checked the news to see what kind of day it’s going to be.And then, maybe you had a cup of coffee. Before you got dressed, before y … [Read more...]

Finished and Forsaken: 7 Last Words in Verse

Our Good Friday service at Saint Andrew this year is all music and poetry--reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ, in spoken verse and song. Below are the poetic reflections written by members of our church family. I'm also providing links to the songs that accompany each word, if you'd like a feel for the whole experience. Spoiler alert: If you're coming to church tonight, this is the whole service. So if you want a few surprises, skip reading this. For everyone else--a blessed Friday to … [Read more...]

Making the Pass: Early Lessons in Unbalanced Courts

It's March! You know what that means, right?We can take a break from fighting about politics...and fight about BASKETBALL instead!No matter what team we love--or love to hate-- I think we can all agree on one thing this year: it is a cruel trick of the universe, and some poor planning of the liturgical whatever, that the Sweet 16 is going to happen over all of Easter weekend! Like, we might have to miss a game(s) to observe Good Friday. Or rush through Easter brunch/mimosas to make it ho … [Read more...]

A Mother, A Minister & A Media Guy: 3 Takes on a Trump Rally

A team effort guest post today: Three perspectives on the Trump rally in downtown KC over the weekend. This is a long post, but think of it as 3 mini-posts. Variations on a theme... Rev. Tabatha JohnsonGiven all that has been happening at Trump rallies these past few months it may seem irresponsible-- even downright dangerous-- to take my kids into the midst of hundreds of people, holding signs affirming the humanity and dignity of those Trump and his campaign have vowed to s … [Read more...]

A Good Week For Progress: Baby Panda Edition

I need a break. A week off.Not from work. Not even from writing in general. But from the Presidential campaign. Have mercy, it is gross out there. I keep trying to write about something else, but every single day, HeWhoMustNotBeNamed says something else that is so WTF-worthy, I just can't look away.No more! That business is not the boss of me. It's not the boss of you, either. Breathe deep. There's still life happening out there, outside of the pundits on your t.v. screen and the "latest … [Read more...]

The Trump Rally is the New Klan Rally

I wasn't going to write about him today. I swear. We need a break from observing the gruesome underbelly of America's blackened soul (as I have come to think of his whole campaign). I had a post about church growth trends all perking in my head and it was ready to roll.But damn. Are you watching this? Have you seen what is happening? The Trump Rally is the new Klan rally. It's official. America has lost it's damn mind. I  mean, we knew, right? We knew this is what he was about, in some n … [Read more...]

The Willful Ignorance of Privilege: from Oscar to Trump

His performance was met with broadly divergent sorts of reviews... But Chris Rock did some truth-telling at the Oscars last night re: the racism of Hollywood. Was it funny? You bet. Was it always in great taste? Not especially. But good humor rarely is--and neither is prophetic wisdom. Sit with that one for a minute.I will admit, my attention was in and out. I watched the opening monologue, then put kids to bed. Then watched a few minutes and loaded the dishwasher... Then half-watched the s … [Read more...]

Dear Millennials: I Don’t Care If You Come to Church

Hey, Millennials. Listen. I no longer care if you come to church or not. I know we’ve been sweating you for a decade--ever since we realized that you really were so over the moral posturing, the monotonous praise tunes, and the coffee in unsustainable styrofoam cups. I know we've begged you to come back, tried to lure you with pizza and edgy panel discussions; we've stayed up nights wondering WHY you don't love us anymore; we've conducted expensive studies trying to win you back.But that's al … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget Me: Compassion in Action

It can be confusing... The Week of Compassion is both an organization, AND an actual week of the year. This week, to be exact. WoC is the humanitarian aid ministry of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. And while they do work all year long-- and our congregations support this shared ministry in every season-- this is the time when we celebrate, emphasize, and generally beat the drum for this important mission. So today we have the gift of a guest post from Vy Nguyen, Week of Compassion's … [Read more...]


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