What Is It About Forgiveness That Ticks People Off?

What Is It About Forgiveness That Ticks People Off? In the wake of the insanely tasteless “Innocence of Muslims” video and the similarly dishonorable outrage and violence of part of the Muslim world, I have been surprise by the response to my response. I think the movie is awful and is probably should be considered [Read More…]

The Cast of the West Wing Unites for a little Campaigning: New Video Makes Me Wish They’d Never Left

It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s political, it’s sassy, it’s verbose, it’s Hollywood, it’s self-consumed and it’s way overcooked… it’s got to be the West Wing. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: The West Wing is the best TV show ever. The cast reunited for a little PSA regarding non-partisan ballot sections electing judges and [Read More…]

Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Christ? Yeah, not so fast…

James Martin wrote a great summary article on the recent study and publication of a text fragment dating somewhere are 350 CE in which it the writer assumes that Jesus of Nazareth was married. Martin, a Jesuit priest, reminds us of the reasons that Christians believe Jesus was not married from the Christian scriptures themselves. [Read More…]

15 Years Ago Today Rich Mullins Died and I’ve Missed Him Ever Since – Here’s Why

Fifteen years ago today my band Satellite Soul had just struggled in off the road after driving most of the night to get back to KC for a gig. We crashed at my apartment and were just waking up at two or three in the afternoon to go to our sound check when we got [Read More…]

8 in 10 Americans Think There Should Be More Limits On Campaign Contributions: it’s time to get rid of Citizens United

There’s an interesting article in the New York Times about public opinion on campaign finance. I am convinced that this is one of the more important issues facing our society. Citizen’s United presents the most sweeping challenge to the electoral process since Jim Crow laws. The article says: Americans don’t like all the cash that’s [Read More…]

Tuesdays With Walter Part 03: Leadership Reflections from Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination

Review of Chapter one: Reality: We have been enculturated, all of us – claimed by our culture and traditioned by it. Even for the church, the culture is our tradition. Cause: Why are we enculturated? Because we have abandoned the Christian tradition, and thus experience a full (or nearly so), loss of Christian identity (we [Read More…]

I’m Taking the No-Cable Pledge: I will not watch MSNBC, FOX News, or CNN or any other cable news network until after the election.

I have decided to take a pledge. Now, I’m not normally a pledge taker, but for the sake of my sanity I am willing to make this one exception because I think my own peacefulness might just hang in the balance. I’m calling it the “no-cable pledge.” Here it is: “I pledge that I will [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that a lot of pastors I know take Mondays off, but I have never been able to do this. Monday feels like the main day for me to try and make some headway on my constantly over-long to-do list. I confess that today’s list seems daunting and demoralizing, so I may not get [Read More…]

Embracing the Power of Contemplation

Over the past few years I’ve found Richard Rohr to be such a helpful guide in my quest to grow up and actually be a follower of Jesus. As a Protestant, it’s been important for me to find people from the Catholic faith to teach me the things that God has preserved for his people [Read More…]

Kansas Sec. of State Considering Removing President Obama’s name from the Ballot

I’m a Kansan born and bred. I graduated from a state school (K-State), and even cheer for the Jayhawks now and then (not when they play K-State, of course). But I’m feeling a bit embarrassed of my state officials today. Slate is reporting that there is a birther initiative to consider taking president Obama’s name [Read More…]