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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...
April 30, 2015
Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist
I cringe when an article begins “Dear White People…” It lacks nuance, among other things....
April 27, 2015
Anatomy of Worth: TV’s Sanctity of Life Problem
McDreamy is McDead. And I was too distracted by the bad writing to be upset....
March 18, 2015
For Lent, I was going write about Lent. Well and often. And then, I found...
March 11, 2015
Unlaced and Undone
There was a “Kindness Assembly” at my daughter’s school today. One kid from each class...
March 09, 2015
Winter’s Dramatic Conversion
“Really,” he said, “I'm not one for sunflower and birdsong. It's just too precious, too...
March 04, 2015
The Damp Murkiness of our Inner Underworld
“There is a part of the soul that stirs at night, in the dark and...
February 05, 2015
Six People You Need to Forgive
Ah, the reject pile... No, not photos of people who got kicked out of new member...
December 02, 2014
This the growing edge of Advent: to take a time fraught with stress and damaging...
November 27, 2014
Top Ten Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday
Maybe it’s a sport in your family. Some people play flag football or ultimate frisbee...
November 05, 2014
So. Nobody wins. The myth of scarcity, the fear of other, and the rhythmic force of...
October 31, 2014
Your Faith-Based Voter Guide
Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here....
October 08, 2014
Talking About Real Life and Faith: A Review of the Animate DVD Series for Small Groups
Leaders in the progressive church-y world are always looking for ‘The Thing.’ You know, the...
September 04, 2014
Sex, Death, and the Same Old Tree
I just keep thinking about that tree. You know the one. It stood in the...
July 23, 2014
While flipping through radio stations, I came upon a show where the morning hosts asked...
May 27, 2014
Dig In: 10 Ways to Find Your Feet in a New Place
Hey. I haven’t had much to say lately. I’m not sure why that is, other...
May 05, 2014
Life Out There: Celebrating 5 Years of Patheos
As a writer, I live 'in here,' in my head much of the time. As...
April 24, 2014
A Doctor, A Pastor, and a Car Salesman…
No, they're not walking into a bar. But perhaps they should... Here's what I know...
April 18, 2014
In New Skin, Again
Yes, this is what I do when I should be working on sermon notes, or...
April 17, 2014
Broken and Othered
This morning, I went to an interfaith Service of Unity and Hope at the Jewish...
April 14, 2014
Changing the Conversation: 7 Ways to End Violence While Keeping Your Guns
I’m tired of hearing “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people!” I’m tired of conversations...
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