Liz Kanoy, Editor at Crosswalk, Has a Thoughtful Article on My Piece On the Language of Terrorism


Liz Kanoy, an editor at, is one of the writers I check in with now and then, just to see what she’s thinking about and writing about.  You can see more of what she’s written here. Kanoy always seems to write about matters that matter, not just to see how many shares she can get, [Read More...]

The End of Revenge: Nonviolence & the American Fascination With Getting Even


When Vester Lee Flanagan left behind his attempts to explain the unexplainable—the reason he shot two former colleagues in cold blood during a live broadcast—the rationale he gave was simple revenge; revenge for the mass shooting at a church in Charleston; revenge for mistreatment by his formal employer. After reading the accounts of his work history [Read More...]

Pastor Punches Kid, but It’s Cool… “There’s Times That Might Be Needed”: A Little Friday Funny


First, let me say that I don’t believe for one minute that this actually happened, at least not in the way that it is described. If it did go down the way he describes it, then it is what you call assault and battery. I watched the clip with a friend who works in youth [Read More...]

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?


— “Bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” – Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, The Truth About God. — I was recently offered the opportunity to write on the [Read More...]

Favorite Stanley Hauerwas Quotes


If I had to pick one theologian who has had the most influence on my thinking–probably my being and doing as well–it would be Stanley Hauerwas. He has the ability to see the world the way I want to see it. He’s unafraid to tell the truth about his own life, which seems to give [Read More...]

Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842

Here’s a transcript of my sermon from last week (Palm Sunday). If you are a pastor please feel free to cut & paste everything. I got much of the historical stuff from commentaries, especially Ken Bailey’s work on Jesus, and from talks by John Ortberg & Rob Bell.     2014.04.15 – Lent 06 John [Read More...]

Walter Brueggemann’s 19 Theses Revisited: A Clarification from Brueggemann Himself


In September 2005, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann sat with a group of church leaders for a theological discussion as a part of the Emergent Theological Conversation series. In my opinion, this is of the most innovative and fruitful contributions Emergent Village has made over the years. The secret was in the format: they would [Read More...]

Epiphany 7A – Matthew 5:38-48; “Love Your Enemies”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.02.23 – Light Will Shine 08 Matthew 5:38-48 – Love Your Enemies. Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for [Read More...]

On How Small the Christian Peace Movement Is (w/ Gratitude to the Anabaptists)


“It is sometimes discouraging to see how small the Christian peace movement is, and especially here in America where it is most necessary. But we have to remember that this is the usual pattern, and the Bible has led us to expect it. Spiritual work is done with disproportionately small and feeble instruments. And now [Read More...]