Bent Over

You would think that after preaching almost four cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary a preacher would have at least one sermon on all the interesting texts that come around regularly. For some reason unknown to me, however, it turns out that I have never written a sermon on the Gospel text assigned for last [Read More…]

Facebook, Family, and Surviving the Election

In this week’s column I talk about the pain that comes when politics divides us from those we love and makes us forget the deeper common values that keep us bound to each other. Guns have become a hotly contested political issue in our country, one that will ruin a family Thanksgiving meal every year. [Read More…]

Quit Your Job

Luke 12:32-40 “It’s time to quit your job and start living the life you’ve always dreamed of!” I heard someone say that on an advertisement this week and it caught my attention.  Why?  Well, I’m learning, once you reach a certain stage in life, you start to think more about things you never gave a [Read More…]

Grief Fatigue

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with a group of millennial social justice leaders who were meeting across the street at Union Theological Seminary. I probably shouldn’t have read their bios before I headed over to their closing dinner, where I’d been asked to “share something hopeful,” because their list of accomplishments and [Read More…]

When God Gets Political: Next

Hosea 1:2-10 For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about what happens with God gets political.  We’re doing that because this month we’re being bombarded with political messages here in America: so many things to think about, so many important decisions to make.  And some people claim that our faith, our understanding of how [Read More…]

When God Gets Political: Enough

Amos 8:1-12 This past week I had the opportunity to visit harambee.  Harambee is the morning assembly when everyone gathers to start the day at Freedom School, and each day there’s a different visitor who gets to read to the kids.  I was invited to be the reader on Wednesday.  So, I stood off to [Read More…]

The Pastoral is Political

I told this story in my sermon Sunday: I met a new friend the other day, who, upon finding out I was a pastor, asked me a question framed with a story.  “What should pastors be saying about this election?,” he started.  “I am so frustrated!,” he continued.  “After church two Sundays ago I pulled [Read More…]

When God Gets Political: Interrupted

When God Gets Political: Interrupted Amos 7:1-17 I met a new friend the other day, who, upon finding out I was a pastor, asked me a question framed with a story.  “What should pastors be saying about this election?,” he started.  “I am so frustrated!,” he continued.  “After church two Sundays ago I pulled my [Read More…]

No More Vigils for Gun Violence

Last week we witnessed an inspiring demonstration of leadership as Democrats in Congress staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on pending legislation around gun control. U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ (D-Ga.) declared: “Deadly mass shootings are becoming more and more frequent. Mr. Speaker, this is a fact. It is not an [Read More…]

Love Marches On

Happy Pride weekend, New York City! I bring you greetings tonight from our community in which the oldest LGBTQ religious organization in America is vital and thriving.  For almost fifty years The Riverside Church has welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, working to create a community so diverse and beautiful that it constantly [Read More…]


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