Narrative Lectionary, Second Sunday

Abram and the Uncountable Stars

In an effort to get up-to-date on posting about the Narrative Lectionary (for more information, check here), I’m going to post a couple of thoughts this week, then post next Sunday’s sermon next week. Week 2 of the narrative lectionary covered Genesis 15:1-6. This passage speaks as a visitation of God to Abram through a [Read More...]

Preaching on the Narrative Lectionary, First Sunday

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus

I’ve been preaching the Revised Common Lectionary since my first church job in 2001. And while I love it, I also find myself reverting to the same themes, the same comfortable texts, and the same stories time and time again. It has become such a rhythm that I find myself thinking the right theme before [Read More...]

Ashamed No More: A Review

Ashamed No More

The essence of bravery is being without self-deception. However, it’s not so easy to take a straight look at what we do. Seeing ourselves clearly is initially uncomfortable and embarrassing. As we train in clarity and steadfastness, we see things we’d prefer to deny—judgmentalness, pettiness, arrogance. These are not sins but temporary and workable habits [Read More...]

New Birth

One of the greatest joys of being a pastor is that you get to be involved in the most intimate moments of people’s lives. And every time a child is born, I am filled with such hope in the human spirit, with such hope for the future. Through the darkest hours, it’s hard to be [Read More...]

Ending Demand: Hurt or Help?

“Ending Demand” refers to a number of initiatives aimed at the purchasers of sex, including diversion programs (John schools), advertising campaigns, shaming campaigns (photos and names printed and posted in public forums), and arrest of clients of sex workers. The model for many of these End Demand programs is the Swedish model, which has decriminalized [Read More...]

Contempt or Critique

A recent commenter on a post wrote that he’s a pastor involved in the anti-trafficking movement: I’m very interested to learn more about your contempt for/critiques of that movement. I was a little stunned at the question. Contempt? Do I really have contempt for the movement? The answer to that question makes me dig a [Read More...]

Victim or Perpetrator?

Arrest Photo

Go to google right now. Search for “prostitution arrest” and select “images.” Or even better yet, don’t do that. Take my word for it. That google search will give you page after page of mug shots of women and men who have been arrested on solicitation charges. If sex workers are victims, as the anti-trafficking [Read More...]

Trafficking: Misunderstood Scourge

The Christian Science Monitor published an article by this name on September 10. In it, they write: As with anything that involves the letters S, E, and X, academics, advocates, and the general public are emotional and divided. Dig beneath the surface of the anti-sex-trafficking movement and there are ambiguities and confusions and facts and [Read More...]

Politics and the Pastor

ObamaRomney

I’ve been listening to NPR recently, and they’ve interviewed a lot of pastors about their views of the election. I’m always stunned when a pastor confesses who will receive their vote. Of course, I know who I’m voting for. As a matter of fact, I’ve been volunteering for that campaign, writing a little bit. But [Read More...]

Home Again

Kudzuthesaurus

Child, child, have patience and belief, for life is many days, and each present hour will pass away. Son, son, you have been mad and drunken, furious and wild, filled with hatred and despair, and all the dark confusions of the soul – but so have we. You found the earth too great for your [Read More...]


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