Guest post: Chris Furr The most popular entertainment company in America, the NFL, is slowly revealing itself as an embodiment of America’s racist past and present, dressed up in helmets and shoulder pads. When I was a bachelor, it was not uncommon for my roommates and I to spend Sundays watching NFL pregame shows, then games all afternoon and evening. 12 hours of non-stop football consumption. Becoming a husband, father and pastor has curtailed my consumption significantly, but lately it’s… Read more

When you are at the funeral of a non-church person, nobody sings. Read more

If that title sounds extreme and click-baity, that’s intentional. Because the headlines (and tag lines, and radio blurbs, etc) all sound equally sensationalized. After all, this story is every reporter and news outlet’s dream. Rep. Tim Murphy is well-known for his anti-abortion stance, runs on that platform, and is a current member of the Pro-Life Caucus. So when it comes to light that he urged his mistress to have an abortion, then of course that is pure ratings/web traffic/listener engagement gold. I get… Read more

I recognize fully that I am screaming into the void here. These words fall on deaf ears. Willfully unhearing, covered and plugged-for-the-firing-range ears of people who will not be moved. But here goes anyway. If you are the president of the United States and you are releasing statements–or, let’s be real, Tweets–about your “thoughts and prayers being with the victims and their families,” then please, just spare us. Your prayers are for shit if you aren’t willing to acknowledge that we… Read more

I’m grateful to my friend, Rev. Robyn Bles for sharing this guest post, on what would have been her daughter’s 3rd birthday.  Whose face do you see? With his recent diagnosis, Senator John McCain became the face of the healthcare crisis.  For many months this summer, baby Charlie Gard, and infant from the UK, was the face of that debate.  I see a different face. I see my sweet, strong, Milly.  My first-born child with honey golden curls and sky blue eyes that you… Read more

We’ve become a nation of walking zombies. It is affecting not just our health, but our relationships and the very fabric of our society. Read more

Earlier today, a friend (who was actually there) commented that the events of 9/11 set off a chain reaction that led to Trump’s election. As I work on my sermon for this week, I can’t stop thinking about how true that observation is. Because my sermon is about fear. And fear, more than any other factor in our history or culture, wrought the chaos that is the 45th president of these United States. Do you remember? I mean, all of the… Read more

The Bible mentions care and welcome of immigrants more than 90 times in the Old Testament alone. Read more

A brief PSA this morning: I agree with the #NashvilleStatement, issued yesterday from the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. No, seriously. I agree with them. I agree that there is no room to “agree to disagree” about the full humanity and worth of all God’s people. I agree there is no room for discussion or debate about who is welcome at the table, and who gets to be part of the kingdom. There is no discussion. No debate. Because the gospel,… Read more

The last few days have been grim and heartbreaking. At the same time, we have witnessed once again the incredible power of compassion, generosity, and love of one another. Read more

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