Why Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a Really Terrible Idea

This Sunday morning hundreds of pastors will participate in what is being called, “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” The program is the creation of a conservative political action group called the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund (you can read a little bit about them here). The agenda behind Pulpit Freedom Sunday is [Read More…]

Here’s My Take on Last Night’s Debate

Last night’s first presidential debate was a great night for challenger Mitt Romney. He was the only one on the stage who looked like he knew what he was there to do (including Jim Lehrer). While Romney tenaciously attacked the president and continued to spin the GOP narrative, Obama sleepwalked through the entire night. He [Read More…]

Rich Mullins on Loneliness

I ran across this old Rich Mullins quote in a sermon I wrote a couple of years ago. When Rich died he was single and had never married, although he had been engaged for awhile earlier in his life. He was definitely a solitary man in one sense, and I know that that was hard [Read More…]

Gustavo Gutierrez on Solitude

A friend of mine sent me this today. It’s been working on me ever since I read it: Solitude is something quite different from individualism. In individualism there is a large measure of withdrawal at the level of thoughts and interests, in order to ensure a life of quiet privacy. Others may come and knock [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that just after college, I once donated plasma so that I could by a pizza. I confess that comparison is my favorite sin (you may not think comparison is a sin, but it is the way I do it), and it causes me constant trouble. I confess that one fourth of all prisoners [Read More…]

Contemplation is a Threat to the Secular Worldview, and to Most Assumptions About Prayer

Here’s a little Richard Rohr for your Sunday Morning: “Contemplation,” or meditation as it is called by some, became more popular in contemporary times through the writings of Thomas Merton. The word most Christians were more familiar with was simply “prayer.” Unfortunately, in the West prayer became something functional; something you did to achieve a [Read More…]

Friday Funny: The Lutheran Satire take on Jesus’s Wife

For your Friday Enjoyment… [Read more…]

Let Me Tell You What Is At Stake In This Election (okay, not me, but A. Barton Hinkle) The Wrong Side Must Not Win

I found this article via my friend Ginny (shout out to Ginny who reads this blog :-)). It was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and was reprinted at Reason.com – a site I’m not familiar with. I had to share it because it makes me laugh – mostly at myself! I didn’t reproduce the [Read More…]

Why “See You At The Pole” Makes Me Nervous, and How I Would Change It

Today is the national See You At the Pole prayer event. If you don’t know what it is, just Google it. When I was touring with my band Satellite Soul, we played nearly every year at a See You At the Pole rally somewhere in the states. There was always something about it that made [Read More…]

Tuesdays With Walter Part 04 – Even Missional Leadership Attempts to Co-opt God in Support of Their Model

My series, Tuesdays with Walter, continues today with a reflection on one simple but revolutionary concept from Chapter 02 of The Prophetic Imagination. If you want to catch up here is part 01, part 02, and part 03. The point of this series is to do a close reading of WB’s great book with an [Read More…]