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December 03, 2018
Coming and Going: Ghosts of Advents Past
When you're a pastor, there is never a good time to tell your church folks...
November 01, 2018
Door to Door: The Powerful Art of Neighboring
That nice, warm—maybe almost happy?—feeling that you have today is not just about candy and...
September 17, 2018
Boldly Go: The Gospel of Star Trek
This is part of a six-week sermon series "Resistance: Justice Heroes From the Bible and...
June 14, 2018
Called to Serve the Poor People’s Campaign
Guest post by the Rev. Megan Severns Huston The first time I met the Rev....
June 01, 2018
Inspired by the Kids on TV
The kids on TV inspired our kids to dream of walkouts and marches that would...
April 25, 2018
Is Church for Extroverts?
Most churches are designed by and for extroverts. To be truly diverse, we need to...
January 05, 2017
10 Ways to Care for Someone (When Nothing Will Fix It)
You just can't imagine what they must be going through. You don't know what you...
August 03, 2016
Passing the Peace
Hi, folks. I took a week or so away from blogging to finish my book, and...
July 18, 2016
Just One Thing: On Hearing and Being Heard
Sermon from Sunday, July 17; Luke 10:38-42 The man said to the doctor, “I’m concerned...
June 22, 2016
Get Off the Fence: Why “We Welcome Everyone” Isn’t Enough
Since last week's horrific shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, many pastors have offered words...
May 12, 2016
Don’t Like Your Pastor? Don’t Leave Your Church
There's a blog post going around called "So You Don't Like your Pastor..." I read...
May 09, 2016
Cleaning the Brushes: The Never-Done Work of Ministry
My friend Kory shares some thoughts on the "never done-ness" of ministry. On behalf of...
May 03, 2016
Lost and Found: A Parable In Socks
You know what was great about living in the desert all those years? Among other...
November 07, 2015
Lost in the Crowd
It's been a big week in Kansas City. Following the Royals' World Series win, we pretty...
November 12, 2014
Bad News, Good News
Over the weekend, two young people in our community committed suicide. These young women went the same...
January 22, 2014
I never know what to say when someone thanks me for making a hospital or...
December 23, 2013
In Church, At Christmas Time
It's Christmas week, and you know what that means--re-runs! I wrote this piece last year,...
January 24, 2013
Goodness and Truth
It was that lovely week of Christmas when utterly NOTHING happens at church, and we clergy types...
September 12, 2012
Preparing a Place
Sometimes the best, most life-giving things in the life of a church evolve without a...
October 12, 2011
October is a big month at my house. Yesterday was baby's birthday (not such a...
September 10, 2011
A pumpkin latte in my hand. From Not Starbuck's. A cool crisp 62 degrees out....
September 09, 2011
For Such a Time as This
I was sitting on the floor of my crummy first-year-of-being-a-grownup apartment, doing grad school homework...
September 08, 2011
The Sacred Struggle
"The middle ground lies in the struggle. The acceptance that, when violence becomes necessary to...
September 07, 2011
Suck it Up
Ultimately, as a society, we suck on alot of things that make us sick. And...
September 01, 2011
A Cup of the Good Stuff
When's the last time you got out the good china? After I went on and...
August 31, 2011
Bless This Mess (without the stress)
Listen to me, young folks in your 20's, figuring out what you're going to be--I...
August 30, 2011
I never know who "they" are, but "they" say you should start reading to your...
August 29, 2011
It was a rare (RARE) Saturday afternoon moment. Both kids were asleep at the same...
August 27, 2011
Saturday Night’s Alright (just alright)
One thing they don't tell you when you go into the ministry [wait--there are about...
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You Can’t Handle the Truth
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