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, we hear much talk of “rights” and “freedom.”  The arguments amount to blindly sentimental patriotism at best, and toxic entitlement at worst. At the same time—and from many of the same quarters—equal rights for LGBT folks are met with language of “values” and “tradition” and “what God and/or our forefathers intended for all people.” This marks a tragic disconnect among those who embrace the Bible with one hand … [Read more...]

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 open and affirming since before that was a thing. So at our place, the news of the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage will be met with rejoicing. There will be a special prayer. There will probably be cheering. We might haul the kids’ noisemakers out of the closet. I know, and it’s not even Christmas!But in other congregations, there will be a sharp, icy chill in the air. I’m not talking about the churches where everyone— … [Read more...]

A Good Week For Progress, and the Power of “What’s Next”


Can we just take a moment and count the ways in which this has been a week of good news?Especially since it followed a week of such heartbreak and tragedy...  Sometimes the good news wins the newsfeed, and you just want to savor it. So let's talk about how the Supreme Court said "Yes" to Affordable Care . After years of legislators acting like 2-year-olds in a fight over the last cookie, the right to access medical care when you are sick, without having to sell your house and declare … [Read more...]

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 pile of profiles, fumble with the technology for another round of Skype interviews, and miss another week of family dinner times to make a series of reference-check phone calls. Meanwhile, pastors sit anxiously by the phone, like they are waiting for the daggone quarterback to call on a Friday night, just hoping for that next small sign of hope: "we are moving ahead in our selection process, and … [Read more...]

Prisoners, Nuns and Mockingbirds: a Summer Reading List


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Summer is for slackers. And non-fiction is for suckers. I stick by that, and in that vein, my summer reading list is usually ALL fiction. But this year, I’m going to diverge from that just a little bit. Like many white people in America, I’m realizing more every day that I don’t know the first thing about race, or racism, as it lives and breathes in the soil of my own country.  I heard a challenge recently: to make a commitment to read only books by peo … [Read more...]

Signs, Symbols, and Things that Hurt Us

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After last week’s mass shooting at a Charleston AME church, predictable threads of dialogue emerged in the media. People talking about gun control. People talking about mental illness (note: racism is not a mental illness). People continuing dialogue about racism. People raising flags, and people taking them down.Is it just me… or do arguments for keeping the Confederate flag on display sound a lot like the arguments that pro-gun advocates use for zero-restriction laws?It’s not just me. T … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Car


A guest post by Lee Hull MosesSometime this summer, my car, a Matrix hatchback in a deep blue color I’ve always loved, is going to pass the 100,000 mile mark. I've been watching the odometer creep closer with some anticipation, as if the car is approaching a major birthday that should be marked with fanfare and celebration.I realize it's silly and a bit cliche to get sentimental about a car. Surely it’s nothing more than a hunk of molded plastic and steel that costs more more in gas and m … [Read more...]

How to talk about religion on Facebook

Guest Post by Sarah Stewart Holland At least once a week, I get the same message on Facebook. It is some variation on “I don’t know how you do it!” Usually, these messages come from my more progressive friends who express astonishment at my ability to share my thoughts on very controversial topics without losing my cool.  My response is almost always the same. I share my honest belief that if we cannot even TALK about important subjects such as religion and politics with respect then that there … [Read more...]

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 if you have accidentally wandered into one of those scary progressive churches. I'm not going to post a link to it, because Voldemort. But anyway, they tell you how to stay true to the gospel and RUN AWAY, before the evil “emergent” church folk can get their gay-loving, non-hell-fearing, climate-change-believing hooks in you. I think if you read way down to the bottom, there’s probably a map with a literal actual exit r … [Read more...]