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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...
January 23, 2017
Signs of Strength: Thoughts on the Women’s March
Guest post: Dr. Kimberly Jones One of the first signs that I saw as we...
January 20, 2017
Creative Resistance: 7 (Other) Ways to Spend Inauguration Day
Despite the American flag shaped fireworks lighting up the sky, it is a dark day....
January 19, 2017
Back to Work For Affordable Healthcare
It's kind of a fog, but from what I recall, we had a 3-year-old and a...
January 14, 2017
A Confession For MLK Day: What Trump’s John Lewis Tweets Say About Us
I confess, not much surprises me anymore. After the election, I became a little despondent....
January 11, 2017
10 Words From Obama’s Farewell Speech (That You Won’t Hear Again For Awhile)
In 2005, I attended a Sojourner's conference in D.C. The theme was ending poverty, and...
January 09, 2017
The Difference Between Celebrity and Authority: Meryl Streep Gets It, Trump Never Will
Her Highness Meryl Streep preached a sermon at the Golden Globes last night. As she accepted...
January 05, 2017
10 Ways to Care for Someone (When Nothing Will Fix It)
You just can't imagine what they must be going through. You don't know what you...
December 21, 2016
The End of Words: A Zechariah Advent
Thanks to the magic of Facebook pop-up memories, I revisit the posts of Christmas Past...
December 19, 2016
Do Not Be Afraid: Calling All Angels
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother...
December 13, 2016
Moana, the “Other” Princess: Thoughts on Identity and Belonging
Guest post: by Rev. Allison Ruari When I was three, I learned the words to...
December 12, 2016
What Were You Expecting?
What were you expecting? If your childhood pre-dates the digital age and the magic of...
December 07, 2016
Open: The Perfect Christmas Card
I guess it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. (sigh) This means coming up with...
November 30, 2016
Assemble: Word 3, Advent 1
One of the best parts of Christmas at my house is getting out the nativity...
November 28, 2016
Anticipate: Advent 1, Word 1
I spend a lot of my time and energy anticipating future needs. Mine, and those...
November 23, 2016
When Inclusion Becomes a “Divisive Political Issue”
One of the school districts in the Kansas City area has banned teachers from wearing...
November 16, 2016
The Country Needs Us, And We Need You: A Call to Action
Guest Post: by C. Shawn McGuffey Since the election I have been saddened. Luckily, I...
November 13, 2016
A Broken Hallelujah: How SNL Helped Us Grieve
There's a reason they call it a "cold open." There is no intro. No setting...
November 09, 2016
I’m With Them
"My head is pounding and I feel sick; but I can't go to bed because...
November 07, 2016
10 Things That Will Still Be True After Election Day
This morning my phone flashed a cute little notification that said "Tomorrow is election day!"...
November 01, 2016
The War On Fall
Let me tell you this really sad thing I used to do when I lived...
October 26, 2016
Election Fatigue: 10 Spiritual Practices for Toxic Times
I want to write about election fatigue. But I'm too tired. I've been dragging, feeling...
October 12, 2016
The Main Issue That Faith-Based Voters Should Be Asking Tough Questions About
Here are things that I hear faith-based voters talking about this election season: -Abortion -Marriage -Guns (because...
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