Rock of Ages 2.0 – poetic injustice.


things weren’t right in ferguson. i mean israel!i said things weren’t right in israel! 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...]

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...]

“Lost & Found” – the spoken Word.

Lost and Found Large

our creator god did indeed create the earth! mercy and how! and when she created it – she said it was good. ...i mean really good.i’m talking springtime sunshine melting snow heating earth making it warm, moist, fertile, and sticky kinda good! i’m talking god said it’s good like “your breasts are like gazelles, twin deer feeding among lilies. I will stay on the hill of myrrh, the hill of incense, until the morning breezes blow and the darkness disappears” kinda good! i’m talking “my bride … [Read more...]

Firma-meant to Love: A Poem for Earth Day


in the beginning, God created the world, and God said it was good and it is good. i mean really good!from the tiniest grain of sand on a beach in the bahamasto that massive hulk of a rock that we call everest,from the smallest amoeba to the largest leviathan that lurks in the depths of the sea—"All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He … [Read more...]

An Insurrection of a Resurrection: a progressive Christian Easter Message


It’s been said that this world is a tough place to live.And parts of it certainly are. Places like Antarctica with it’s frigid cold; the top of mountains with their thin air; deserts with their lack of water and vegetation; the oceans with their tidal waves, hurricanes, etc. – places like these are pretty inhospitable to human life.But it’s not just these sorts of extreme places that are hard to live in. The regular parts of the world are tough too. We learn this as children. We start lea … [Read more...]

“Rock of Ages” – turning a blog into a “poetry-sermon.”


 I'm a blogger. I'm also a pastor. Some of my better sermons have sprung forth from blogs that I've written.I recently posted a blog seeking to convey the radicalness of Mary's "magnificat" as described in Luke's Gospel - "Jesus' Mom was a Punk". It was a very popular blog that many people shared around the internet. When something I post receives that much attention, I can tell that I've touched on something that speaks to people.It occurred to me that perhaps the congregation … [Read more...]