July 20, 2019

You’ll be overwhelmed. You’ll be exhausted. You’ll look like you’ve been through a week of church camp. And you’ll love every minute of it. Read more

July 17, 2019

It was an alien experience for me, pulling in that “visitor” parking spot. But after nearly two decades in pastoral ministry… I really was a first time visitor. Here’s what I learned. Read more

July 11, 2019

I heard a collective sigh go up this morning, as clergywomen across America read the New York Times piece about Rev. Dr. Amy Butler and the Riverside Church–and all together breathed a litany of “yes,” and “sounds about right,” and “me too, sister.” We’ve all been there. It is a story as old as the gospel itself. No, older. Because men have held power over women in most social systems for as long as the human memory can stretch. And… Read more

July 4, 2019

Hey you Over there on that side of history,  on that side of the fence… Let me ask you– Who’s free?    I bet  The guys who signed the thing That made us free would Want to know now– Who’s free?    Is he free,  at that desk, with the crushing deadline And crippling debt on the house  that’s about to go upside Down?    Is she free, With three kids and two cancers and one  worthless healthcare plan?  The… Read more

June 25, 2019

Concentration camp [con·cen·tra·tion camp] noun.               def: a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities. Last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to some of our nation’s border detention facilities–where people are being held indefinitely in small spaces with little food, water or access to care or legal representation–as concentration camps. The next day, I was at the gym,… Read more

June 20, 2019

There are 71 million refugees in the world right now–more than at any other time in history. Here are some ways we can all be more welcoming, in honor of World Refugee Day. Read more

June 15, 2019

Guest Post: by Chris Furr The single greatest moment in my baseball career came when I was ten years old. This, of course, tells you something about the rest of my athletic exploits, but we don’t need to get into all that. We were playing the first place team in our league, Hooks Alarm Company; and my team, the Elks Club, was stuck somewhere in the middle of the standings. Hooks had taken a big lead but we’d slowly crawled… Read more

June 12, 2019

I’m sitting on the patio of an Irish pub, a few blocks from my church, where my kids are at VBS. Having a wonderful time, I’m sure. I’m having a beer and some beer cheese for dinner (not sorry) while I get some work things done. The weather is a kind of perfection I can’t describe. The Lumineers are trying to tear my heart out in the background, in all the right ways. I’m eating a carrot and it is… Read more

June 6, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, that’s a lie. Fall is the most wonderful time of the year. But summer is a close dang second. Past the blizzards, beyond tornado season. Free of the crush of the school year and activity schedule. Free of manic May and its endless cascade of Very Important Events and extra junk to remember to send to school with your kids to ensure that no 2nd grade slacking costs them that college scholarship,… Read more

May 31, 2019

I’m at my in-laws’ house for the weekend. The news is on TV. My daughter slowly, quietly, creeps around the corner. She’s wearing a hooded black robe. On the screen behind her, I see there’s been a shooting. Another. A big one this time. (Aren’t they all?) Eleven people dead. A municipal building in Virginia Beach. The black hooded figure comes into the room. She likes to pretend it’s a Dementor’s cape. She is breathing the cold kiss of death… Read more

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