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July 18, 2016
Just One Thing: On Hearing and Being Heard
Sermon from Sunday, July 17; Luke 10:38-42 The man said to the doctor, “I’m concerned...
July 11, 2016
Good Christian Sex: Not an Oxymoron
Guest Post, by Bromleigh McCleneghan Last spring, I told the committee that hired me as the...
July 08, 2016
The End of Us: Where Love Is Not Enough
Love is not enough. I'm a pastor, so I'm not supposed to say that. As...
June 30, 2016
Why We Don’t Want To Be Made Well
Guest post: by Ed Cyzewski Do you have any moments from your past that make...
June 22, 2016
Get Off the Fence: Why “We Welcome Everyone” Isn’t Enough
Since last week's horrific shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, many pastors have offered words...
June 21, 2016
And This Will Be Our Penance
Just to recap... Conservative leaders are running on platforms of "zero tolerance" for terrorism--and Muslims in general,...
June 17, 2016
They Want Us Dead: Hate and Marginalized Communities
A powerful guest post from my college friend, Shawn McGuffey. An important read that needs to be...
June 15, 2016
Grief for the Villians
A guest post: by Rev. Elizabeth Grasham My ex-husband calls my cellphone once a week...
June 09, 2016
Running While Female: A Survivor’s Story
The story of Brock Turner has rape culture on everyone's minds this week--but that story...
June 06, 2016
The Late and The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, and What Gets Remembered
I know nothing about boxing. Except that it's a dang sight more artful and athletic...
June 01, 2016
Ticking Clock and Turning Tide
We are not theme park people. We are National Park people. We are beach people....
May 24, 2016
$10 In My Pocket
Guest Post: by Tiffany Flaming I have $10 in my pocket. It might as well...
May 23, 2016
Beneath Our Feet: A Summer Psalm
1 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set...
May 18, 2016
The Poetry of Emptiness: Reflections from the Festival of Homiletics
Guest post: My friend and colleague Rev. Laura Ann Phillips shares a good word from...
May 17, 2016
The Soulmaking Room: Review
There's an obscure story in 2 Kings (that reads "Second Kings," for all you politicians...
May 09, 2016
Cleaning the Brushes: The Never-Done Work of Ministry
My friend Kory shares some thoughts on the "never done-ness" of ministry. On behalf of...
May 06, 2016
Healing and Holding Up the World: A Tribute for National Nurse Week
Guest Post: by Elizabeth Myer Boulton My mother was a nurse all her professional life...
May 03, 2016
Lost and Found: A Parable In Socks
You know what was great about living in the desert all those years? Among other...
April 22, 2016
An Ecological Conversion: Called by God (and a Scientist) in the Cloud Forest
Guest Post: by Scott Hardin-Nieri Our family delighted in God’s creation as we served in...
April 21, 2016
Handing Hate the Microphone
Kansas legislators recently introduced a measure that would require transgender students (at public schools and universities)...
April 20, 2016
7 Ways From Sunday: 7 True Things From 7 Years of Blogging
Yesterday, I logged into my "back end" blog stuff to edit something and noticed--purely by...
March 09, 2016
No Tribe But Ours: A Refugee Story
I really just carried the fruit basket... But I'll tell you about that in a...
February 17, 2016
Die Laughing: It’s a Lent Thing
It's all heavy sometimes. Life. Ministry. Lent. Winter. An election year. All of it. Some...
December 30, 2015
For the Turning: A Progressive Year in Review
Dear Friends and citizens of the internet, I know I'm not alone in feeling that...
September 14, 2015
Hope, Healing, and Multiple Drafts: A Conversation with Author Reba Riley
I recently posted a review of the new book “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome.” Since then, I’ve...
August 31, 2015
Clean Hands, Full Hearts (Can’t Lose): A Sermon About Purity and Tradition
7Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered...
August 20, 2015
The Naked Truth About Dress Codes
Women's bodies sure are controversial these days. And not just in the political/ideological sense regarding reproductive rights...
August 19, 2015
Healing and Hilarity in “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”
If David Sedaris and Anne Lamott had a baby together... it would be this book....
July 27, 2015
More than Half Enough
Guest post, by Rev. Ryan Motter “Well, look at you. You’re half the man you...
July 02, 2015
Thin Pink Line: Teaching My Daughter About a Woman’s Place
The poorly applied fuchsia lipstick. The nervous stage mothers pounding Starbucks. (The GLITTER SPRAY. God...
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