Blinded By Bias: FOX News and Naming Our Prejudice

Yesterday, FOX News posted an article and interview about a Tweet that the progressive UCC Minister, Rev. Al Sharpton, tweeted out over the weekend that critiqued Trump's refugee ban, saying: "Before you head to church today, remember to thank God for his son, Jesus a refugee who fled to Egypt." Apparently, a number of conservative Christians responded to Rev. Sharpton on Twitter, claiming that he didn't know the Bible and was making a wild, inaccurate claim about Jesus. Thus, FOX News picked … [Read more...]

Welcome To The Revolution

For far too long, to many of us have allowed our complacency to keep us from acting. We fell into a trance, believing that things couldn’t really get that bad. But then the unthinkable happened.I often think back to election night in November. I had gathered together with a group of my LGBT+ friends at our local Democrat watch party expecting to spend the night celebrating a victory for progress. As the night went on and the numbers rolled in, one of my friends would frequently look at me a … [Read more...]

Tear Down That Wall: A Sermon for Inauguration Week

Originally delivered at First Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado on January 15, 2017.Good morning, First Baptist!Before I get in to my message this morning, I’d like to reread my paraphrase of our New Testament text from this morning. This comes from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Paul writes:“Jesus embodies for us what true peace looks like, for he was sent once and for all to take down the great wall of hatred and hostility that has divided us, so that we can be one. He gave … [Read more...]

We Are What We’ve Been Waiting For

During the Christmas season, we hear a lot of talk about “hope”.Hope for a better day. Hope for a new life. Hope that good will overcome evil.On the surface, this message seems to be one that should be celebrated and embraced. Thinking of what the birth of Jesus represents for our world and how, despite our circumstances, we can look towards a day of salvation and peace.It seems to be a great message.But recently, I’ve been thinking very differently about “hope”.You see, I bel … [Read more...]

Everything Must Change: On Privilege, Patriarchy, and Donald Trump

We are in a period of American history in which everything about the way our country has functioned since it’s inception is being dismantled and deconstructed. Since the very founding of our nation, our leaders have been driven, largely unconsciously, by the power of patriarchy. Patriarchy is, at it’s most rudimentary level, the belief that men are best suited to lead and are the ideal example of what a human should look like. Built in to a patriarchal mindset is a singular image of the supreme m … [Read more...]

Keeping Faith IS Hurting LGBT+ Students (A Response to Alan Noble)

The topics of religious liberties and human rights are two of the most fundamental values embedded into our national consciousness as Americans. From the very conception of our nation, we have been a people who have defended the right of all people to worship whatever they believe in without fear of discrimination or persecution. We have also, increasingly, become a nation who values the life and rights of all people, especially minorities within our nation. In order to achieve a perfect … [Read more...]