More on Moral Licensing

I want to circle back around to the concept of “Moral Licensing” and what’s happening in our world. While I’ve said a lot the past few days, I probably didn’t have the laser-focus I could have in what I said. So, a bit more….and first, some rapid-fire facts….things that cannot, or should not, be disputed […]

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Separating Children is Against the Gospel

When Maria was about seven, we went on a family vacation to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Dennise actually travelled first, to take some intensive language classes, and Maria and I joined her a week later. I was excited about the prospects of traveling with my daughter, internationally. I had spent six years as […]

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“Mulligans,” Grace, Trump and Dreamers

I’ve been completely speechless for several days, after seeing this video featuring several local women, supporting Donald Trump, and excusing his affair with a porn star, and doing so based mostly on their so-called Christian faith. The American view of Christianity was already in tatters *before* Trump came along. In the past decade, the number […]

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Airport Protests: One Year Later

I took the first of these pictures one year ago tonight, as I first arrived at DFW Airport, for what would become known as the “airport protests.” My dear Muslim friends, Alia Salem and Omar Suleiman has urgently texted us just as the Sun was setting on a Saturday night, to let us know that […]

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A Small, Beautiful Thing…Why We Marched

On the day after #MegaMarch2017 let me tell you another small, beautiful story about what it means to be “Church.” We had great worship, yesterday morning at church. And that was beautiful. Palm Sunday, and all. And then, almost 30 of us marched at the MegaMarch downtown. That was powerful. Big thrill of the day […]

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An Open Letter to Rep. Kyle Biedermann

February 2, 2017 Representative Biedermann, I regret not meeting you in person on Tuesday, as I spent the day in Austin as an ally to my Muslim brothers and sisters. However, I heard from several of them that they had fruitful face-to-face conversations with you during that day. Having heard some of their stories that […]

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Failure to Move

Several folks have been curious about the actual charge against those of us who were arrested at the White House on Thursday. I won’t quote the technical language of the statute, but it boils down to standing in front of the White House, holding a sign, and not moving when asked. In a nutshell, we […]

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Quick Thoughts On Today’s Non-Violent Witness

We are safe. We are healthy. All is well. Today’s action went incredibly well, any way you choose to look at it. More than 100 faith leaders (Many clergy. Even Bishops) chose to be arrested at the White House, as a witness against our nation’s treatment of immigrants, calling the President and Congress to act. […]

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Remembering the Bullet Holes

Today’s #TBT is this picture from 2005. It was taken on our mission trip that year, to visit our friends at Maria Madre de los Pobres Church in San Salvador. In case it’s not clear, the picture is a bullet hole. It’s a bullet hole in the parish house wall. It’s a bullet hole you […]

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Calling Our Nation To Do More On Immigration

A reflection from Dr. Owen Ross and Rev. Eric Folkerth: Tomorrow, the two of us will travel to Washington DC to take part in a non-violent action to support just treatment of immigrants by our government and people. More than 150 clergy will join us from across the United States, as we make our witness, […]

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