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

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