Praying Together About the Things We Can’t Talk About

We are living in very polarizing times today. In the United States, it has become increasingly difficult to hold a conversation about a political topic with people who disagree with you. Friendships and family relationships have become frayed and painful. Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, have in some families become times of great anxiety and … Continue reading Praying Together About the Things We Can’t Talk About

I Hate Emojis

There's a part of me that wants to write more about Brett Kavanaugh. But I won't. One post was enough. There's a part of me that wants to write in solidarity with #metoo and with women across the country. But I don't know what to write. There's precious little that I (as a white, straight, … Continue reading I Hate Emojis

Rushing to Judgment

I'm not going to say much about today's hearings, for a few reasons: I didn't watch any of them. All the news I've gotten on what happened today was through Facebook. I'm a man. I really don't think anybody needs to hear my two cents about sexual assault. It's wrong, in every circumstance. There are … Continue reading Rushing to Judgment

Everything’s a Shibboleth

One of the things I do in my role as pastor is send out a (roughly) daily email to about 150 members and friends of my congregation. Sometimes they're reminders of upcoming events; sometimes they're celebrations of recent events; sometimes they're prayers or other spiritual things. Today, I had something planned to send out. But … Continue reading Everything’s a Shibboleth

On Loyalty to Our Tribe

I'm thinking about sports teams, and loyalties to them. Imagine a Philadelphia Eagles fan and a Pittsburgh Steelers fan talking about football. Imagine them trying to convince each other that their own team is the best team in the NFL. That debate would go nowhere. If beer were involved, it might just turn nasty or … Continue reading On Loyalty to Our Tribe

On Teaching Human Precepts as Doctrine

I've been reading through the gospel of Mark, chapter 7, and I came upon this passage (verses 6-8): He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips,     but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me,     teaching human precepts … Continue reading On Teaching Human Precepts as Doctrine

Why I Will Never Own a Gun

I have never owned a firearm. I have never fired a weapon. I don't think I've ever even touched a gun. Alright, I think I may have fired a BB-rifle when I was in cub scouts. But that's about it. Probably the initial reason why I've never owned a gun is simply because I grew up … Continue reading Why I Will Never Own a Gun