“Pressure Pots”: a poetic repsonse to Boston & West, Texas tragedies

Pressure_cooker

“doo doo doo do-do do. do.doo doo doo do-do do. do.”david and freddie knew.they knew about the pressure that comes down on me and youand through their song, we were blessed with a pop witness to theterror of knowing what this world’s all about.it honored the good friends who scream “let me out!”that witness is oh so needed.in an age when thousands follow the vapid, overly positive tweets and twitters of radiant yogis and yoginis and the syrupy feel-good platitudes … [Read more...]

What’s Eating Michelle Shocked? A Pastoral Letter to a Sister in Christ

Dear Sister Michelle,I’m a Christian pastor who is a long time fan of your music and have seen you perform live twice. The first time was in Washington, D.C. when you were touring with Billy Bragg in 1988 and the most recent time was at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina two years ago.I don’t think you identified as a Christian in 1988 but many of your early songs suggested to me that I should view you as a fellow follower of the inclusive ways of Jesus. Your music has been very em … [Read more...]

Spiritual But Not Giving a Damn

Religion is a guy in church thinking about fishing. Spirituality is a guy out fishing thinking about God. – John Fischer Religion is for those who believe in hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there. – David BowieI'm a Christian and as such I consider myself as being both spiritual and religious but these quotes do seem to be potent and convey something worth pondering.Over the past few years, there’s been a notable rise in the percent of the young adult populat … [Read more...]

Jesus — An Unwanted Christmas Present?

A Devotion for Christmas Day and beyond.“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me… If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14:1, 15-17 I don’t think I’m alone in having memories of certain presents tha … [Read more...]

“fast hog to breadhouse”

every trailer park has its own rules... some let you dry your laundry out on a line, others don’t; some allow pets off leash, some don’t even let you have pets at all; some let you paint your siding any color you want, some want all of the rigs to look exactly alike; some let you build carports, some only let you have one car on your lot – and it can’t be on blocks.but on top of the written rules, trailer parks have unwritten onessome don’t pay any mind to the cars parked out in front of yo … [Read more...]

Santa in a Brothel

I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink  …. I was imprisoned in a brothel and you rescued me.So begins Daniel Walker’s book God in a Brothel. It’s a bold and blunt beginning and the rest of the book is nothing but boldness and bluntness. The book is a primer on the ugly reality of human slavery – particularly sex trafficking. It’s a tell-all account of one man’s efforts to put his faith into action and to apply his gifts and graces towar … [Read more...]


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