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April 20, 2017
Your Church Does Not Need Volunteers
I was writing my weekly note to the congregation (a few days late, because I...
April 13, 2017
For 30 Pieces of Silver, and a Piece of Chocolate Cake
And Jesus gathered his disciples, those he loved best. A fresh loaf of bread on...
April 12, 2017
Not Our Own People: What We’re Missing About The (Latest) Sean Spicer Gaffe
For the love, America. Can we not keep it together for A MINUTE? Me and...
April 10, 2017
The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Holy Week Clergy Burnout
There's this story we clergy tell religiously around this time every year. Not the thing...
April 07, 2017
Wars of Convenience
Just to recap... The current administration put a ban on Syrian refugees (among others) entering...
April 02, 2017
From a Small Circle
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose...
March 31, 2017
We Should Not Be Alone: What Mike Pence Is Really Saying About Women
This just in: men cannot be trusted with women. This is not fake news, or snarky...
March 30, 2017
Stories Untold: Saving Sesame Street from the America First Budget
Guest post: Rev. Elizabeth Grasham I won’t bury the lede: I vehemently oppose President Trump’s...
March 29, 2017
Coal is Not Coming Back: And Nostalgia May Kill Us
I could hear the trains from my bedroom. All hours of the day or night. The...
March 28, 2017
The Growing Voice of Progressive Faith
Progressive Christian voices are gaining power on the political scene. And lately, I'm seeing reports...
March 23, 2017
My Belated Love Affair with Pawnee, Indiana
I'm inexcusably late to the party. I'm the first to admit that. But now, I...
March 17, 2017
The False Idol of “Results:” The Sins of Our National Budget
If you want to know the heart of a nation, just look to its budget....
March 16, 2017
A Traveling Musician’s America
Happy to share this great guest post with you today...by my little brother! As a...
March 15, 2017
Nazi Apologists and Klan Support: The New Normal for this GOP
So, this is where we are: This week, Rep. Steve King issued a confounding Tweet...
March 14, 2017
Conversion Therapy is Exactly Why We Need Affirming Churches
It is horrific. It is abusive. It is inhumane. And it is happening with more...
March 10, 2017
My Hope is Built
Happy Friday, y'all. I am having THE best day. It's my day off, so I...
March 08, 2017
A Friendly Women’s Day Reminder that the President Hates Women
Unless they are in direct service to him, that is. Sexually or otherwise. Think about...
March 05, 2017
Good Samaritans, Good Immigrants, and Bystander Problems: Sermon for Lent 1
Maybe they were feeling a little disgruntled… After all, the Samaritans in the neighboring village...
March 04, 2017
The World All Around: How We Can and Can’t Shield Kids From Violence
I recently wrote a post about letting our kids have their privacy and not sharing...
March 02, 2017
Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust
Guest post: This was the message for Saint Andrew's Ash Wednesday service last night, as we kicked...
February 28, 2017
$h*T Jesus Says: Weapons and Walls Edition
Further proof that the GOP is working overtime to distance itself from the faith-based voter:...
February 25, 2017
Overshared Childhood: Parenting and Privacy in the Social Media Age
Friday night situation: everybody's home after Dad's been traveling all week, nobody has anyplace to...
February 23, 2017
Close to Home: The Human Cost of Racist Rhetoric
Early spring in the Midwest means that my neighborhood has been a picturesque snapshot of...
February 21, 2017
Refugees are Not Political
I'm sure I'm the only pastor in the world who's been accused of "being too...
February 16, 2017
Showing Up for the Stranger: The Church Speaks Out Against the Travel Ban
Ever look around at the news/world/government these days and say "for the love of all...
February 03, 2017
7 Reasons to Keep the Johnson Act: Protecting our Binding Covenants of Church and State
When he wasn't picking fights with our allies; or Tweeting war threats in the middle...
January 31, 2017
Reading As An Act of Resistance: How the Nerds Inherit the Earth
I read Animal Farm in high school. I learned that power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely....
January 30, 2017
When to Go Rogue: What Jesus Says About Saving Life and Breaking Rules
One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed...
January 26, 2017
“This is Us,” and How Rape Culture Ruins Everything
Remember the good old days when people used to talk about TV shows they were...
January 25, 2017
In the Age of “Alternative Facts,” Truth Telling is an Act of Resistance
Our new President has been busy. His tiny hands must be tired from signing all...
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