Jesus’ Mom was a Punk

A punk rock band should do a song based on Mary’s “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55). Knocked-up, teen-aged Mary was the first punk singer and the first rock & roller.  When she learned that she would bear the Christ-child, she sang a song.  It was a song of praise.  And it was a song of protest.  She celebrates that God is about to do something new in the world. She was celebrating that God was about to turn the world upside-down, knock… Read more

Why I’m a Gay-Friendly Pastor: World AIDS Day

It wasn’t until I was ordained after earning my Masters of Divinity degree that I came to own that pro-gay stance on a more heart-felt level. Before the ordination service took place, Beryl gave me a present — the clerical robe worn by her son Ron when he was a pastor. I was being given the gift of wearing the robe that had been worn by an oppressed gay man who died of AIDS. Read more

adventus absurdus

in the bleak midwinter … millions are unemployed, uninsured, and under pressure.   widening gap between the haves and the have nots widening and gappening like mick jagger about to eat all of the billions of burgers mcdonald’s serves from the deforested brazillian rainforests turned into grazing land to feed our addictions to cheap bovine carcasses infused with hormones, antibiotics, and monsanto’s irreversibly genetically modified pastures. “corporate person” funded presidential candidate cacophany of outrageous claims to undermine and dissolve whatever might… Read more

Food for the Fight: A Sermon for the “Occupiers”

May these words provide food and fodder for the Occupy movement. Many of their participants are people of faith. Effective movements that intend to make a difference tend to peter out unless the activists sense a spiritual component and allow their faith to sustain them during the rough road ahead. Bottom line. The Occupy movement is a sign of a new Great Awakening. God’s Spirit is alive and well and at work through OWS. May we remember who and Whose we are as we roll up our sleeves to do the work of ushering in peace and justice. Read more

Halloween: A Time for Me and My Shadow

Instead of just buying some random costume or mask from a store, why not embrace this season as a part of our mental and social health? Why not use it as a time to lift up our shadow sides and bring them to the light of day? Read more

10 Things Christians Should Know & Do about the “Occupy” Protests

After weeks with a notable lack of media coverage about it, American Christians are learning about an amazing phenomenon that is taking place on Wall Street in New York that has birthed a movement that’s spreading across the land. Hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens are showing up en mass to parks and city squares to protest corporate fraud and exploitation and to express their outrage. But what should Christians make of all of this? We like “lists of… Read more

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