Reading the Bible Better

You can read the Bible better. It doesn't take a degree in religion. It does require some skills that too often are relegated to the academy. Those skills can be acquired and practiced by everyday people. You probably suspect that there are layers of meaning in the text. You hear great preachers and teachers reveal... Continue Reading →

Gun Violence Will Not Go Away

An Evangelist is someone who brings a message of good news. This is the opposite of that. Gun violence and mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas are not going away. We can't even call them the new norm anymore. They're just the norm. And the norm is increasing gun violence. President Obama famously noted... Continue Reading →

The Promised Land After Charlottesville

After Charlottesville, what changes? The change is what matters. The posturing doesn't matter. The marching only matters as a means to an end. After Charlottesville, as in after Charleston, Ferguson and Baltimore, what matters is the change in society to where black Americans can say "Yes! We are truly free!" Perhaps we forget this larger... Continue Reading →

On Trans

I had a trans woman in a previous congregation. Before transitioning, she had served in the military, reaching a high rank. She lost everything in the transition: job, military benefits, spouse, and was more-or-less homeless when I knew her. What she did gain by transitioning was a sense of freedom to be who she wanted... Continue Reading →

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