The remarkable thing about this image is its location. These wind mills are in the largest coal-producing state in the union, Wyoming. There are many others. To be fair, I also saw a dragline operating along the interstate west of Laramie. So I’m NOT trying to pump up Wyoming as some bastion of earth justice. In fact its Wyoming’s status as a coal giant that makes … Continue reading Investing in the Future as an Act of Faith
A man wrecks his car looking at a rainbow…still finds a pot of gold. Not the kind that princes seek glistening in the Columbian sunshine, but the kind that builds up in bus station corners, lines up for government cheese, piles up on the lower rungs of recovery. This, after the insurance company said “No, rainbows are not an act of God”. [Noah, bleary-eyed, snickers … Continue reading Drive By Poetry
My Wake-Up Call Suicide. This is the deep, dark, truthful mirror the LGBT community is holding up to the church. LGBT young adults who are rejected by their families are 8.4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their LGBT counterparts who are accepted (see CDC). The church is the family of God. This is the crux of the issue. It’s time for the church … Continue reading The United Methodist Church, Shame and LGBT Suicide
Leading worship has become one humiliation after another. From trying to avoid critical people to trying to remember everyone’s name to remembering all the things you forgot to trying to get kids to think I’m cool (didn’t I fail at that enough in high school) to bearing one’s soul again as the clock shouts “Too Long” to realizing you messed up the bulletin to making … Continue reading Saturday Night, 12 hours From the Pulpit
This year, I’m utilizing the 7 I AMs to navigate Lent. I needed something different and thought that they carried the plot lines of Lent well. Jesus faces more and more antagonism as the I AMs progress. The final I AM (I am the Vine) occurs on Maundy Thursday. Today I was exploring “I am the Gate of the Sheep” together with “I am the … Continue reading Who’s the Gatekeeper?
Church, it is the truth that sets us free. O how I wish you were free. You are not free until the truth about Crude MCHM is known. You are not free until the CDC’s 1ppm designation is properly vetted. You are not free until the shower doesn’t burn. You are not free until governmental officials stop blaming the flu for 100s of visits to … Continue reading A Just Take on the #WVWaterCrisis
Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. Humanity still has a long way to go to learn Jesus’ lesson. As the church is an entity of humans, so too does the church have a lot to learn about mercy. What if mercy were at the heart of the Christian church’s witness (instead of say holiness, family values or even salvation)? Perhaps … Continue reading The Merciful Church
The Mountain Vista Moment of 2013…A Son is Born In the run-up to the due date, I was, admittedly, hoping for another daughter. A. has been such a delight and I was nervous about having a boy. Since we waited to find out the gender of our second-born, I was calm but uncertain. Wow, was I wrong. What a delightful and charming little guy we … Continue reading A Mountainous 2013