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December 20, 2018
Preaching in the Purple Zone: Sneak Preview, Pre-Order Today!
Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide is now available for pre-order...
December 16, 2018
How ‘Entrapment’ Taught Me to be Honest: The Bulldog Story
Spinning Michael Flynn's lies as 'entrapment' reminded me of my own life lesson about honesty....
November 07, 2018
How to be a Christian (and a Pastor) After the Midterm Elections
How are we supposed to be the church in a time like this? Here are...
October 18, 2018
Is Your Sermon In “The Purple Zone”? – Backstory Preaching Webinar
If you’re sensing the rising political tension in your church and wondering how to navigate...
October 06, 2018
Sometimes the Bad Guys Win: Senate Approves Kavanaugh
Yes, the bad guys are winning. But for my son and daughter, for my students,...
October 01, 2018
Mr. Kavanaugh, It’s Time to Grow Up
We had talked about the Kavanaugh case all day. 'This is weird to talk about,...
September 09, 2018
Calling People Dogs: Juxtaposing Jesus and Trump
Calling people dogs seems to be common these days. But Jesus called a woman a...
September 02, 2018
Climb that Holy Hill! Legacy Lessons from Aretha Franklin and John McCain
A sermon on what Aretha Franklin and John McCain have taught us about what it...
July 30, 2018
Gaslighting in the Age of Trump: 6 Tips for Survival
When the president's lies destroy the very concept of truth and reality for a nation,...
June 19, 2018
Is the Methodist Church Right to Condemn Jeff Sessions?
Hundreds of United Methodist clergy and church members signed a letter bringing church law charges against...
June 07, 2018
We Intend to Be Heard: Poor People’s Campaign Denied Access in Kentucky
June 4 marks the first time a Poor People's Campaign group was denied entrance into...
May 18, 2018
Mr. Trump, Here’s What’s Wrong with Calling People ‘Animals’
'These aren't people. These are animals,' said Trump. So what's wrong with calling people 'animals'?...
January 07, 2018
‘In God We Trump’ – Film Review
Riveting and revealing, 'In God We Trump' helps us make sense of the baffling phenomenon...
December 28, 2017
New Year’s Resolution: Bring Back the Taboos
Trump has eroded our moral foundations. Every person of faith, who strives to honor the...
December 10, 2017
Conspiracy of the Christian Kind: Advent 3
For Christians, the word conspiracy takes on a different meaning when we understand how the...
November 15, 2017
How to Survive a Red/Blue Thanksgiving: Creating a ‘Purple Zone’
Blue dot in a sea of Red on Thanksgiving? Red dot in a sea of...
November 02, 2017
Webinar: Preaching Controversial Issues
Want to preach prophetically without risking your position or pastoral relationships? This webinar offers practical...
October 18, 2017
Preaching Across Divides: Purple Zone Strategies for Pulpit and Public Square
Ecclesio.com invited me to contribute an essay for their week of conversations around the theme...
August 21, 2017
Psalm 137: The Beautifully Dangerous Psalm
Psalm 137 is rarely ever used in worship. Why? Because it is a dangerous psalm....
August 19, 2017
How to Preach When You Are Afraid
Here’s the truth many clergy have shared with me – they're afraid to preach about...
July 04, 2017
What to do When Your President Is a Fake Wrestling Goon
The video of Trump attacking "CNN" in a professional wrestling match may be fake. But...
May 29, 2017
Flag Placement in Church: How to Have the Conversation
Flag placement is one of the most delicate conversations to have in a church. How...
May 17, 2017
Preaching Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” in the Trump Era
There is a way to preach about politics (literally, the concerns of the citizenry, the...
May 01, 2017
How Can We Talk? Confessions of a Disillusioned Red-Cradle Christian
White Christian Trump Voters, I was one of you. But the results of the Christian...
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