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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...
March 31, 2018
The Stations of the Cross, a City Park, and Justice
Cold gray rain dripped down our hoods and umbrellas as the gathering of Christians moved...
January 14, 2018
To Understand Martin Luther King Jr., Read Howard Thurman
The sermons, essays, and speeches of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are a...
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...
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 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...
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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