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March 24, 2014
God in a Box
In last Sunday’s sermon, I contrasted Nicodemus’s careful faith that made him come to Jesus...
March 21, 2014
It’s Holy Saturday in The Church, Alban Reminds Us.
This week the bedrock of an era of mainline Protestantism in North America, the Alban...
March 20, 2014
As I write this, I am sitting through a second day of nonstop rain. It...
March 19, 2014
You Gotta Keep Dancing
Some years ago I read Tim Hansel’s book You Gotta Keep Dancing: In the midst...
March 18, 2014
Thought for the Day
Thought for the day: An object at rest tends to remain at rest...unless something comes...
March 17, 2014
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Unless you are in New York, Boston, or Savannah that may...
March 14, 2014
Perfectly Good Food and Wine
Several years ago I had a falling out with a friend over dinner. I had...
March 13, 2014
For some reason, I’ve been obsessing about the difference between faith and presumption. It is...
March 12, 2014
It May be a Very Very Long Sleep
For more than a decade, Dr. Bruce Thielemann was my pastor. I listened to his...
March 11, 2014
Hope vs. Despair
In the mid-1980s, I pastored a small church in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a mostly...
March 10, 2014
I’ve been listening to conservatives rail about how the United States is appearing weak in...
March 05, 2014
Last weekend Bill and I were staying in a hotel that was filled with little...
March 05, 2014
Making Room for Repentance
Someone asked me recently why it is so much easier to be vulnerable and honest...
March 04, 2014
Thought for the day
Leadership is not merely a position that describes who you are; it's about being positioned...
March 03, 2014
Take Off Your Bib and Put on Your Apron
A preacher was shaking hands as people went out of church one Sunday, and she...
February 28, 2014
Those of us who follow the lectionary have spent the month of February looking at...
February 27, 2014
Cathedral of Hope
I am preaching at the Cathedral of Hope on Sunday. It is the first time...
February 26, 2014
The assigned readings for last Sunday were tough. On the rare occasion when we are...
February 25, 2014
Love Your Enemies
People make mistakes. We all do. Jesus talked about forgiveness in the Gospel lesson we...
February 21, 2014
When I moved to Dallas in 1987 I tried to interview every member of the...
February 20, 2014
Best Armed and Most Violent
American inventor Dr. Richard Gatling patented his most famous invention in 1862. The Gatling gun...
February 19, 2014
In worship around our place, we have been praying a contemporary version of the “Lord’s...
February 17, 2014
Today is President’s Day in the United States. When I was growing up we remembered...
February 14, 2014
Today is, of course, Valentine’s Day. In the wonderful book Common Prayer: A Liturgy for...
February 13, 2014
Race Riot of 1908
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was established on this date...
February 12, 2014
I am depressed. I have spent four decades in the South fighting for civil rights,...
February 11, 2014
Salt and Light Under the Covers
Yesterday, the assigned Gospel lesson included the passage “You are the salt of the earth....
February 07, 2014
Permission to Experience
During Epiphany this year, we have been singing that little John Bell chorus "Come and...
February 06, 2014
After church on Sunday, I talked with a mother who wants to schedule her son’s...
February 05, 2014
In his book, Strength to Love, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King writes about the bold...
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