Who Comes in the Name of the Lord?

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week for much of the Christian church. Palm Sunday also marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It begins the series of stories that will culminate at the cross and then the empty tomb. The Entry into Jerusalem is found in all 4 Gospels. But I want to focus on Matthew and Luke’s […]

God does not like death

John 11 11:1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 11:3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom […]

Where is God found in the Coronavirus pandemic?

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;[a] 3     he restores my soul.[b] He leads me in right paths[c] for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[d] I fear no evil; for you are […]

Jesus was from a poor refugee family

Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee. No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.- Pete Buttigieg As the Washington Post notes this created a firestorm from […]

Peace on Earth this Christmas

  Dear God, in this season of joy and gladness, we are thankful for your goodness to us, especially for the coming of the Christ child who is the Prince of Peace. Help us to remember that the birth of this child was the greatest sign of your love, which makes for peace. Help us […]

Trust Your Intutions

A survey was done with members of the Metropolitan Community Church, a largely LGBT denomination. One of the questions posed was whether it was in the Metropolitan Community Church that the heard for the first time that they were beloved by God?  The answer was overwhelming a no. Most members already had an intuition, a […]

Peace on Earth this Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10 11:6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like […]

Trans Kids and Other Moral Panics

Buzzfeed writes Two Parents’ Legal Battle Over Whether Their 7-Year-Old Is Transgender Has Drawn A Child Services Review. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing “possible child abuse” allegations stemming from a drawn-out custody battle between Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger over their child’s gender identity. A few signs that this should […]

The Institute on Religion and Democracy and Me

  The first and only chance I had to meet Mark Tooley in person, the now president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, was in 1994. I was a college student attending Celebrate, an ecumenical gathering of mainline Protestant college students held in St. Louis  I saw Mark with pen and notebook in hand, […]

The Left and Christianity

The religious right has a narrative and there has been a lot of ink spilled in the last week or so to promote it. The short if it comes from Rod Dreher “To be a secular liberal is to hate Christians…” The stories used for evidence to this claim has been; the reaction to the […]

Christian Love and LGBT Folks

When I see critics respond to a Christian by telling them that they’re a bigot because of their loving beliefs, they’re telling that Christian he’s a liar – David French I think this is a real possibility. But it would mean getting a handle on what love means. 1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, […]

Prosecuting false accusers will only make things worse

The Senate voted 50-48 last Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This followed a contentious political fight over allegations by three women that Kavanaugh had committed acts of sexual assault in high school and college. Two days later at Kavanaugh’s swearing-in, President Donald Trump proclaimed him “proven innocent” of sexual assault. In […]