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… Read more

I write now in particular to those who lean Christian in their Spiritual But Not Religiousness. There’s no such thing as solo Christianity. You can’t follow Jesus by yourself. Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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