Victims, Violence, and “Values”: Hypocrisy at Baylor

Hypocrisy always makes for a sexy story. Perhaps it’s the justice of seeing the self-righteous get a taste of their own medicine, or maybe it’s like a bad car crash: we can’t bring ourselves to look away. Whatever the reason, we love to call out the hypocrites among us, don’t we? I’d love to trumpet [Read More…]

Losing Our Minds

Losing Our Minds Romans 5:1-­5 Some authors have quoted church father Augustine of Hippo as saying, “If you try to understand the Trinity, you will lose your mind. But if you deny the Trinity, you will lose your soul.” Of course no one knows whether Augustine said this or not, but he did write extensively [Read More…]

Welcoming Chaos

Pentecost always seems like such a celebration at church. At our church everyone wears red, a sea of commonality for a change. Often we hear different languages and dissonant music; we celebrate baptism and hear the voices of our children. It’s church in a messy cacophony, and everybody loves it. I find this love for [Read More…]

If We Knew Then…

If We Knew Then… Acts 2:1-21 Growing up in a big family we were committed birthday celebrators.  On your birthday, you’d get the You Are Special plate for breakfast and your favorite meal for dinner, and usually at least one time over the course of the day, Mom would talk about the day you were [Read More…]

Building Beloved Community Together

This is the last in a series of 3 posts that are part of an on going conversation at The Riverside Church on how the whole church is called to do the work of justice and building beloved community.  These posts were inspired by a public discussion called #TrendingAtTRC I held with Beth Ackerman, Head of Riverside’s creation care ministry [Read More…]

At the Intersection of Climate, Race & Poverty

This is the second in a series of 3 posts that are part of an on going conversation at The Riverside Church on how the whole church is called to do the work of justice and building beloved community.  These posts were inspired by a public discussion called #TrendingAtTRC I held with Beth Ackerman, Head of Riverside’s creation care [Read More…]

The Sermon I Didn’t Preach

In my free time I’ve recently begun watching the PBS series Grantchester, a television show about a village priest who solves murders in his free time.  Since my free time doesn’t seem to be as generous as Mr. Chambers’, the main character, it was only the other day that I finally got to season one, [Read More…]

Lame Excuses

Lame Excuses John 5:1-9 A pastor colleague of mine recently told me an unbelievable story.  He said a visitor to worship at his church called him a few days after she’d visited to thank him . . . for healing her. You heard it, he told me incredulously: healing her. Baffled at what the woman [Read More…]

When the Whole Church Works for Justice

The Riverside Church has a long history going back to its founding of being a prophetic voice on critical issues of our day (from WWII to Civil Rights, Apartheid in South Africa to LGBT inclusion).  We believe that the church is called to do justice and defend the vulnerable.  But with so much that needs [Read More…]

Bathrooms, Baked Goods, and the Mockery of Religious Liberty

I think most Americans, even non-religious Americans, are on board with the idea of religious liberty — in the abstract. But like so many of the things we hold dear, what sounds great in theory becomes deeply complicated when the “rights” we cling to individually begin to conflict. All of us have been watching news [Read More…]


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