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 J … [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...]

Dust Bunnies, You & God

You may’ve noticed something yesterday.That is, if you weren’t too busy to notice.If you weren’t too busy cocooning yourself off from the rest of the worldby texting while you were driving,or walking along the sidewalks looking down at a little screen on your phone.Or if you weren’t so overly cloistered among an obscenely small clique oflike-minded, like bodied, hyper-allergenic, hyper-feng-shuied chums. What you may’ve noticedis dust. More specif … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras? Don’t Be a Sodomite! [notice: a revised version of this blog has been published since this one]

(This piece was originally posted in March, 2011, but is now even more relevant in light of the recent Occupy Wall Street protests)*** Notice: a revised, and much improved, version of this article has been published on 3/3/14.  Here's the link <-- click *** ======Mardi Gras.  Fat Tuesday.  Shrove Tuesday. The day before Ash Wednesday.  A day for living with passion, vim and vigor, and for zealously sucking the marrow out of life.  It’s also a day when some folks feel a need to wag th … [Read more...]

Why Mark Driscoll Needs an Elephant

So there's this fundamentalist, ultra-Calvinist , hyper-macho leader of a mega-church in Seattle named Mark Driscoll. He’s known for reaching out to young males by appealing to their latent misygony and homophobia; i.e.,to build them up by putting others down.Disturbing as that is, that's not why I’m writing today.I write because I care about Mark, the members of his Church - and us. You see, he's so in control that he's out of control. He and his ministry are heading toward a tra … [Read more...]