Jesus — An Unwanted Christmas Present?

A Devotion for Christmas Day and beyond.“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me… If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14:1, 15-17 I don’t think I’m alone in having memories of certain presents tha … [Read more...]

“fast hog to breadhouse”

every trailer park has its own rules... some let you dry your laundry out on a line, others don’t; some allow pets off leash, some don’t even let you have pets at all; some let you paint your siding any color you want, some want all of the rigs to look exactly alike; some let you build carports, some only let you have one car on your lot – and it can’t be on blocks.but on top of the written rules, trailer parks have unwritten onessome don’t pay any mind to the cars parked out in front of yo … [Read more...]

Santa in a Brothel

I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink  …. I was imprisoned in a brothel and you rescued me.So begins Daniel Walker’s book God in a Brothel. It’s a bold and blunt beginning and the rest of the book is nothing but boldness and bluntness. The book is a primer on the ugly reality of human slavery – particularly sex trafficking. It’s a tell-all account of one man’s efforts to put his faith into action and to apply his gifts and graces towar … [Read more...]

What Jesus and Barney Have in Common

Over the past year, our nation has been divided in ways that we haven’t seen seen since the Civil War. For who knows what reason, just a few days before our recent election, the folks at CNN decided to add fuel to the fire.They published a piece entitled, “Do you believe in a red state Jesus or a blue state Jesus?”The author shares how a factor in how our citizenry is divided is theology. As the author of a book that describes that very phenomenon, I don’t dispute that. But I wince at see … [Read more...]

Puny Pastor Prays for President?

It’s official. My life is surreal.Last Tuesday I received a call from a representative of the Obama campaign inviting me to provide the prayer of invocation before the president spoke at his massive rally at the Coors Event Center at C.U. in Boulder later that week.Since my parents didn’t raise any dummies, I said yes. On Thursday night of last week, I was ushered through a cloth, air-conditioned corridor in that hot gym along with several other VIPs (including Senator Mark Udall, Rep. Ja … [Read more...]

Bolder: A Poem

wearing soiled gloves and grimey coats that stink of maddog and night-train,on a cold october night, we can see our firey breath.we’re 12 scruffy long-beards huddled round a barrel in the alley behind the oddfellows hall on pearl st.4 of us used to have crew cuts and still have tattoos of eagles, globes, and anchors on our arms.5 of us need psychotropics and counseling  -- but don’t have anyone to prescribe them.a newspaper blows our way, but before we throw it in the fire to briefly … [Read more...]


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