A Lullaby We All Need To Hear

I recently realized that kid's birthday takes place in the same week as National Coming Out Day -- Oct. 11th.It dawned on me that even though he's presenting cues that he's probably straight, that I want him to know that I will love him just as much no matter what sexual orientation he lands upon as he grows. He knows about "LGBTQ" and that I'm the pastor of a "Reconciling" ministry and he's had a gay man and a bi-sexual individual among his babysitters over the years. Even though I'm a … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity Isn’t Progressive Politics!

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You're a progressive Christian? So you're a liberal Democrat right?Not so fast.Sometimes words that seem similar have little to do with each other. The chances for confusion increase especially in the case of heteronyms (words that sound the same and spelled the same, but have multiple meanings). The bear had to bear the burden of having to hail a cab to escape the hail in order to bail out her friend who was charged with bailing a swamped canoe in the swamp that wasn't hers.The same … [Read more...]

“Band-Aids Aren’t Enough!” – Progressive Christian Social Justice

It's an election year in the U.S. and and since Christians comprise the majority of the electorate, it is largely Christians who will determine the winners of those elections -- and the direction that our nation takes. How, and whether, we vote matters. I've long since given up aspirations of running for elected office, but I am an engaged citizen and I feel called to share how Christian values and perspectives inform politics and social policy.The following is a message that I wrote and … [Read more...]

Now THIS is outlaw! Progressives with backbone.

There's a growing movement among disaffected emergent evangelicals and disheartened progressive Christians -- "Outlaw Preachers." They're an unofficial group, they're a Facebook page, some of them know about others who are kindred spirits, some think they're all alone. What they share in common is how they are treated by the religious powers that be; i.e. they're treated like the rejected freaks on the famed "Island of Misfit Toys" in the Rudolph movie.That's okay, they're in good company. Ma … [Read more...]

A Public Service Announcement from a Coloradoan

It's a sad day in Colorado. Our collective hearts hurt.I didn't want to blog today. Blogging in response to everything that happens in the news can come across as knee-jerk, reactionary, self-serving, and exploitive. We're called to "pray without ceasing" — not to blog without ceasing. Sometimes reverent silence is what is needed.But I've been asked for a response to what just happened.  So, I'm not writing a blog. I'm providing a Public Service Announcement:1. The single best way fo … [Read more...]

Wild Goose 2012: Jesus, Bayard Rustin, & Walter Wink Live!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/northlincs/4715349412/Once again I left the freaking hot, dry, arid, climes of my home in Boulder, CO to head into the freaking, hot humid ones of the deep south to attend the 2nd annual Wild Goose Festival at the Shakori Hills Campgrounds south of Durham, NC. And, once again, I was enlivened, enriched, inspired, and renewed.While it’s an arts and music infused gathering of kindred spirits, it’s more than a “progressive Christian Woodstock” — it’s evidence … [Read more...]


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