"3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of … Continue reading How Much More…?
I don't say and post what I do because I think you should feel guilty or bad. I don't hate police officers or soldiers. I hate war and our country's love of and seeming addiction to violence. I hate that our judicial system incarcerates people of black and brown skin color at rates disproportionate to … Continue reading I Believe That We Are Better
Listen, Christian... We need to talk... And I need you to listen. I know your first reaction will be to want to jump in and say something. But please fight that urge. Just listen. By now you've seen the reports of the terrorist attack that happened in Charleston, South Carolina. And I know you've seen … Continue reading Christian, We Need To Talk…..
We all have thresholds. Physical… Emotional…Financial… In whatever arena, we all have a point at which things change irreversibly. That point, for me, was last night. See, last night I watched a cell phone video of a group of police officers round up teenagers like they were animals, and then I watched one of those … Continue reading #IAmMcKinney
Some thoughts on the Grace of God. I was asked to offer a reflection on God's grace for an interment of one the true gems of our congregation, Kim. Below is my attempt to offer something meaningful. ------------------ Think of a gift you’ve received. But not just any gift. Think of something that you were given … Continue reading Goodness Gracious
It takes a lot of effort to be concerned all the time. Seriously. And it's heavy. It quite literally weighs on you. I've been struggling in recent weeks (months) with what it means to do this kind of work. See, for the past six months I've been on Internship. What that means is that I've … Continue reading What is Mine and What is Not — Or, Why I Want to Smile More
Couldn't we all endeavor to be more respectful to each other? Couldn't we be willing to respect that some people hold some things as sacred, and as such, not aim to offend them with such sharp provocations? Just because speech is lawful, doesn't mean that it should be said.
Stop domesticating Jesus! You want prayer in schools, but you can’t stand the sight of people of faith praying in the streets. You want a nation that reflects “Christian values,” but you turn a blind eye to injustice perpetrated against the immigrant, the outcast, and those on the fringes of society. You’re so convinced that … Continue reading “I Can’t Breathe…” – Jesus
There is no such thing as an insignificant loss of life. All life is sacred. All life is divine. All life is important. All lives matter. --------- As I internally struggle with what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri, I’m also being confronted with similar stories from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Hammond, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois… I think, by and … Continue reading What is hope?
Many Christians I know hold up Micah 6:8 as one of the prime examples of how to live a Christian life. The verse is often translated: “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God?” Really nice sentiments, and honestly, not a bad way to live. … Continue reading Make Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly