In Praise of Doubting Thomas

John 20:21-29 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send 20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said […]

Easter in a Pandemic

My Easter memories as a kid involves Easter Sunrise services. We would meet at the park across the VA hospital in Miles City, usually in snow. The pastor had a portable microphone system, though we were small enough group to not need it. We’d be freezing as we shared the cup and bread. Then we’d […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

The American Evangelical Babylonian Captivity

On all Saints Day 1517 a young German Augustinian monk nailed a set of 95 theses on the wall the Wittenberg Cathedral door which outlined the theological errors and abuses of the church against the common people such as the selling of indulgences. Martin Luther would go on to declare that the people of God […]

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 […]