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...]

Freedom Ride 2012: Get on the Bus!

It's been said that "the micro is the macro." If you look at something in particular, you are looking at a microcosm of things that are strikingly similar on a larger scale. The state of North Carolina is a specific state that may be said to portray the United States as a whole. I could of course point out examples of that state's gorgeous and diverse geographic beauty, its gorgeous and diverse flora and fauna; and its gorgeous and diverse people -- and then go on to show how this is a … [Read more...]

A Pastoral Letter to the United Methodist Church

A pastoral letter to the United Methodist Church:My people are meeting with their people and all of those people are God’s people. The United Methodist Church’s General Conference is being held this week in Tampa, FL and lay and clergy delegates of many stripes and persuasions are engaging in “holy conferencing”– and unfortunately of a lot of realpolitiking too. The delegates were elected to represent United Methodists in each of the “Annual Conferences” (regions of the country and the world) … [Read more...]

A Kinder, Gentler, More Grown-Up Easter

In yo face Devil! Take that forces of evil!Look whose laughing now! Ding Dong the witch is dead!We fart in your general direction! Sike!… Such has become the way that many of the world’s Christians have come to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. We’ve allowed the ways of the world to infuse our beliefs and we end up fighting fire with fire. Employing the world’s ways against it.Once our religion became the official religion of the Roman empire, followers of the non-violent Jesus … [Read more...]

Resurrection People!

A Progressive Easter SermonThis world is a tough place to live.And parts of it are really tough. Places like Antarctica with it's frigid cold; the top of mountains with their thin air; desserts with their lack of water and vegetation; the oceans with their tidal waves, hurricanes, etc. - places like these are pretty inhospitable to humans.But it's not just these sorts of extreme places that are hard to live in. The regular parts of the world are tough too. We learn this as … [Read more...]


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