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 Unfriend Trend: Why You Should Stop Ditching All the Trump Supporters

Maybe Jerry Falwell, Jr was right. Donald Trump IS, in fact, like Jesus Christ. At least, in one major way.  He has come to set father against son, mother against daughter, and mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law. In many cases, our enemies are members of our own household." Further, nation shall rise up against nation. He comes not to bring peace, but a sword. Dear Mr. Trump--I do not think that means what you think it means.But he's beside the point. Sort of. Fact is, this whole c … [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...]

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...]

Conservatives Worried About Trump…For All the Wrong Reasons

Here's the good news. And the bad news. Conservative evangelicals are getting nervous about Donald Trump.It's good news because they SHOULD be nervous. This whole thing is bananas. Frighteningly absurd, brown and mushy bananas.The bad news: the only reason they're worried is they think he might be a closet liberal. I just...I don't... I can't even... WHAT?? Do they know what liberal MEANS? Have they met us? What brand of progress are they mistaking for Trump's mind-melting … [Read more...]

On Making America Great Again

It is early days. A long road stretches out between here and November. I know the campaign crazy is bound to get worse before it gets better. But I am already shying away from the t.v. during debates and town halls. I am already flipping away from NPR when I hear certain voices, and scanning past certain things in my newsfeed. It throws me into fits of anxiety and/or despair, not necessarily in that order; the fear-mongering, mis-information and downright hatred that has risen to the top to … [Read more...]

The Death We Carry

I've been planning this for weeks. An intentional out-of-office beginning to Lent; traveling to different parts of town with ashes and blessings to share. Mostly I want to meet my people out in the world--in their real every day places where they live and work and share their gifts. Drawing a few strangers with my "ashes to go" sign would be an added bonus.Then last night, I got word of the sudden death of one of my church members. In my line of work, you expect to get these calls, on oc … [Read more...]

Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex

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

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...]


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