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 the wealthy oppressors off their pedestals, lift up … [Read more...]

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

I’m a man of the cloth. I wear a robe.As an ordained United Methodist pastor, I sometimes wear a robe when I preach and lead worship. Okay, I don’t wear it all that often any more now that I’m doing campus ministry (mostly wear jeans and one of those hip short sleeve shirts tucked out), but I do still wear it several times a year when I perform weddings or guest preach at area churches. But it’s not just any robe. It used to be Ron’s.I grew up in St. Paul, MN and attended Hamline UMC (Unite … [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 presidenti … [Read more...]

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

The proverbial poop has hit the fan.The most recent stats and figures indicate that the percentage of of our fellow citizens who are poor is at the highest since the Great Depression and the gap between the haves and the have-nots is at an all time high. America is experiencing the train-wreck many have been predicting.The following sermon was one that I preached at Heritage United Methodist Church in the Ken Caryl area of Littleton, CO in April, 2004. I share it now because the masses … [Read more...]

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Halloween: A Time for Me and My Shadow

Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. – Friedrich NietzscheFor what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. - Paul, Romans 7:19Halloween is upon us.  The name comes from the Old English word for “All Halloweds Eve” – the night before All Saints Day.  Those two days make for the perfect chance to explore the best and worst of ourselves.  To face our inner monsters and … [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 10” so I’d like to offer the followi … [Read more...]


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