Today’s post is longer than usual, but they truly are liberating words from the greatest prophet of our age. I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your [Read More…]

John Lewis

Several years ago, journalist David Remnick wrote an article about President Obama and civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis who is the only surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington. He wrote: At the March on Washington, King’s speech was the most eloquent, Lewis’s the most radical. Lewis was just twenty-three at the time, [Read More…]

Relentless Commitment to Nonviolence and Social Change

On Friday, my partner, Ann and I decided to take the afternoon and go visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence and Social Change. I am embarrassed to say that I have lived in Atlanta my entire life and have never visited this amazing place. The campus is split into a number of [Read More…]

What Do I Need to Change?

This past weekend I was working with a wonderful church in Jacksonville, Florida. In my sermon on Sunday, I talked about a small church that met on the west side of the city in the poorest section of town. Thirty years ago, that church was firebombed three times because its members were mostly lesbian and [Read More…]

Guide My Feet

An uncle once told me that college is the most fun you will ever have your life with no money.  This was true for me when I was getting my undergraduate degree from Georgia State University.  I loved my time at Georgia State, not just because I enjoyed the classes and as an English major [Read More…]

Making a Life

Lesbian novelist Willa Cather said: Where there is great love, there are always miracles. Miracles explode where life is right and love makes life right. Miracles rest, not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming to us from afar, but on our perceptions being made finer so that for a moment our [Read More…]

Things, Sometimes, Simply Happen

In Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose a monk who has devoted his life to tending the greatest library in Christendom murders other monks who learn the existence of a certain ancient book that disagrees with his attitude about God. The old monk is blind from decades as a scribe, but he fears this [Read More…]

Caught by God

It frustrates me when people talk as if they understand and can explain God when we cannot even figure out the formula for our own lives. That doesn’t deter us from having absolute answers about eternal matters. I know people often leave my church disappointed. They come seeking answers, wanting us to give them explanations, [Read More…]

Rubik’s Cube

I know that even asking this question will date me, but how many of you have ever owned a Rubik’s Cube? Now, be honest, how many of you ever solved one? I’m told that there are those who can solve the puzzle in less than a minute with only about 100 correct twists. That’s amazing, [Read More…]

Bailey White

I love author Bailey White. She is from South Georgia and is frequent contributor to NPR. One of her stories from her book Mamma Makes Up Her Mind and other Dangers of Southern Living is about prayer: One rainy summer evening Sophie, my fundamentalist cousin, careened into our yard in her Volkswagen Beetle to tell [Read More…]