Why I’m Spiritual *and* Religious.


I'm Spiritual *and* Religious.I realize that saying this may be swimming against a current, but for me, they each inform and complement the other.Here's an analogy. I enjoy playing my trumpet by myself and practice it as I have time. This is like my spirituality. It's a personal way for me to express myself and to commune with God.And yet I also enjoy playing my trumpet with others in bands and orchestras. This is like religion (which comes from the Latin "religare" - "to bind … [Read more...]

Rock of Ages 2.0 – poetic injustice.


things weren’t right in ferguson. i mean israel!i said things weren’t right in israel! ...new york.instead of God’s chosen people blissfully basking in the warm sun of freedom,they couldn't breathe because the air was thick with the heavy jack-boots of imperial oppression.instead of the hebrews building projects of their own design,her craftsmen and laborers were laboring under the thumbs of Roman task-masters who had them constructing temples to their pantheon of gods and hou … [Read more...]

Men. “retreating – to advance.”


mencommon men.diverse men.young bucks. mature bulls. aged sages.men in their heads men in their bodiesmen with wounds men with strengthsmen with coping patterns that no longer servemen who are wise men who are fools every man - both.men who've cheated men who've rapedmen who've abused men who've been abused men who gather to seek the medicine of men talking sticks... honest dicks men sighing men moaning men singing men dancing men drumming men … [Read more...]

Groovin’ With God


Our Creator God does indeed create. Mercy and how! But She is not the only one who makes the decisions about what will be created. If that were the case, blind obedience... would be our only mission we would merely be puppets who could only do things when God pulls our strings. Dig this.  As children of God who've been called to groove, let's groove on the metaphor of "Jazz Music."  In jazz there is an imperative for listening to, and respecting the composer and dir … [Read more...]

Jesus & 50 Shades of Grey.


The story is told of a woman who lived in a nation that bordered another nation. The other nation had checkpoints at the border. Every day, she rode her motor-scooter to one of border crossings to get to the other side. And every day she’d return through the same border crossingThe guard at that station took his job seriously and he diligently inspected all of the many canvass bags she carried with her on her scooter. He could tell she was up to something, but he could never find any c … [Read more...]

Progressive Ponderings on Patriotism & Christianity


The following is a video interview I did for Patheos at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.I shared more in further detail in my discussion of civil religion in my book Kissing Fish.I speak from a progressive Christian perspective. You may not agree with everything I say, but I hope you agree that it's important to ponder such matters.Peace. Progressive Christians aren't the only ones to think this way. A growing number of evangelicals are embracing this … [Read more...]