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...]

What Jesus and Barney Have in Common

Over the past year, our nation has been divided in ways that we haven’t seen seen since the Civil War. For who knows what reason, just a few days before our recent election, the folks at CNN decided to add fuel to the fire.They published a piece entitled, “Do you believe in a red state Jesus or a blue state Jesus?”The author shares how a factor in how our citizenry is divided is theology. As the author of a book that describes that very phenomenon, I don’t dispute that. But I wince at see … [Read more...]

Puny Pastor Prays for President?

It’s official. My life is surreal.Last Tuesday I received a call from a representative of the Obama campaign inviting me to provide the prayer of invocation before the president spoke at his massive rally at the Coors Event Center at C.U. in Boulder later that week.Since my parents didn’t raise any dummies, I said yes. On Thursday night of last week, I was ushered through a cloth, air-conditioned corridor in that hot gym along with several other VIPs (including Senator Mark Udall, Rep. Ja … [Read more...]

Bolder: A Poem

wearing soiled gloves and grimey coats that stink of maddog and night-train,on a cold october night, we can see our firey breath.we’re 12 scruffy long-beards huddled round a barrel in the alley behind the oddfellows hall on pearl st.4 of us used to have crew cuts and still have tattoos of eagles, globes, and anchors on our arms.5 of us need psychotropics and counseling  -- but don’t have anyone to prescribe them.a newspaper blows our way, but before we throw it in the fire to briefly … [Read more...]

A Lullaby We All Need To Hear

I recently realized that kid's birthday takes place in the same week as National Coming Out Day -- Oct. 11th.It dawned on me that even though he's presenting cues that he's probably straight, that I want him to know that I will love him just as much no matter what sexual orientation he lands upon as he grows. He knows about "LGBTQ" and that I'm the pastor of a "Reconciling" ministry and he's had a gay man and a bi-sexual individual among his babysitters over the years. Even though I'm a … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity Isn’t Progressive Politics!

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You're a progressive Christian? So you're a liberal Democrat right?Not so fast.Sometimes words that seem similar have little to do with each other. The chances for confusion increase especially in the case of heteronyms (words that sound the same and spelled the same, but have multiple meanings). The bear had to bear the burden of having to hail a cab to escape the hail in order to bail out her friend who was charged with bailing a swamped canoe in the swamp that wasn't hers.The same … [Read more...]


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