Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex

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I found myself beginning morning prayer today with a sincere "Dear God... please do not let Donald Trump be president." Even though I know prayer does not especially work like a Sear's catalogue, nor do I think God exactly controls the outcome of such things... I reckon I was just flinging a desperate hope to the universe and awaiting some return signal that these are not, in fact, the end times. Because that Jerry Falwell, Jr. business last week? Where Rev. Falwell compared Trump to Jesus, and M … [Read more...]

Chapter and Verse: Why Faith-Based Voting is a Bad Idea

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This story about Donald Trump speaking at Liberty University is so full of gross things, I don't know which gross thing to discuss first.Wait. Yes I do. Let's start with "two Corinthians."If you're reading this without context, you might be thinking... Two Corinthians what? Two Corinthians walked into a bar? Or, "Two Corinthians: The long-awaited sequel to the epic saga, Corinth One--coming soon to a theater near you!"But no. In his speech to the broadly Christian student body, Trump … [Read more...]

Shed a Little Light: Observing MLK Day

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Thanks, readers, for sharing your observations of Martin Luther King day. I've enjoyed your pictures and your words of wisdom. I love the ways people capture the spirit of this day in art, song and story. And mostly, I enjoy seeing how communities of faith, and communities in general gather around on this day to listen and learn, to sing and celebrate, to mourn and cast a hopeful vision forward together. Here are some inspiring glimpses from MLK day around the … [Read more...]

Still, Always: What Alan Rickman Really Gave Us

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Many of the miracle stories in the gospels have a common denominator: the hush factor. After performing a sign or a wonder, Jesus would often tell onlookers, or the recently healed leper/lame/blind man, that they were to "Say nothing to anyone."Biblical scholars have argued for millennia as to why that might be. Unable to fully explain it, they did what biblical scholars do and they came up with a big fancy name for this phenomenon so that people would stop asking them hard questions. They ca … [Read more...]

5 Real Reasons You Want to Win the Lottery: But Mostly Why You Don’t

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If I won the lottery, I would not buy a fancy house or car. I would not quit my job. I would not trade in my kids or spouse for robot versions that always do what they're told.I would, however, go on vacation to wherever, whenever I wanted. I would not be at the mercy of Southwest sales, "off-peak season" deals, or my husband's hotel employee discount.Also, you'd better believe I would have a housekeeper. Possibly of the live-in variety, like Alice on the Brady Bunch.And then I would … [Read more...]

For the Turning: A Progressive Year in Review

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Dear Friends and citizens of the internet,I know I'm not  alone in feeling that the year has been a heavy one. From acts of terror on the global stage to police brutality and toxic racism at home; from an increasingly grotesque scene on the political stage to the growing effects of climate change (December is freaking me out, y'all, with the blizzards in Texas and flooding in Missouri while it is 75-degrees in Kentucky...); from rising and vocal Islamaphobia to the continued decline of the … [Read more...]

Meanwhile, Instead, Anyway: Christmas, the Great Conjunction

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My high school English teacher--the one who showed me the wonders of eliminating 'to-be' verbs in favor of stronger action words, and the one who taught me to read for layers of meaning beyond the surface of the page--changed my life in the way teachers do sometimes. Just a few small nudges here and there, and the world of words opened to me in a whole new way. I've run into her a few times since high school, and she sent me a lovely flower arrangement on the day of my ordination. She was 'that' … [Read more...]

Deep in the Root

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Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.This winter image, offered up by poet Theodore Roethke, embodies the spirit of Advent. Beneath the frozen-over ground (unless you live in the desert, or at the beach, in which case we don’t want to hear about it--just pretend it’s frozen, ok?) …under all the ice and snow; attached to that shriveled brown stem left over from summer’s abundance; way below all that we can see, the flower keeps the light. Something is happening in the darkness. In i … [Read more...]

Hope Trumps Fear: Advent Thoughts on the GOP Debate

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"Look Daddy! Every time Trump gets 'booed,' an angel gets his wings!"...is the thought I kept having during the debate. Maybe that scene came to mind because Trump IRL reminds me of the movie Mr. Potter. That cinematic caricature of evil; obtuse, antiquated, "a warped, frustrated old man." Pretty spot on.More to the point-- every time Trump gets "booed," another candidate gets his wings. Last night just confirmed my suspicion that all the others must be paying him to say these appa … [Read more...]


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