A Pastoral Case for Christian Same Sex Marriage

This week, the Supreme Court takes up two important cases on the issue of same-sex marriage. The cases may, or may not, fundamentally change the legal understanding of marriage in our nation. Whether or not they do, decisions are not expected for months. (UPDATE 6/27/13: Yesterday, the Supreme Court came back with decisions in both […]

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Our Everyday Insanity

“Try not to think about it. That’s what I do,” The Judge texts me. “The Judge,” for those unfamiliar, is a term of affection I use for my wife. She’s a State District Judge in Dallas County. I texted her this morning, soon after I heard the news of yet another shooting. This time, the […]

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What We Owe The Christmas Angels

We are still grieving. I am still grieving. It was around noon yesterday when I saw the news alert for this shooting come across my phone. I burst into tears. Twenty young children, the most innocent and helpless members of our society, cut down by what will most certainly be judged to be a mentally […]

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What the Presidential Election Should Teach the United Methodist Church

One of the trends in United Methodism these days is to talk extensively about “the mission field.” It’s a buzz word. It’s a concept. The question is asked: “In every place where we do ministry, what does the mission field look like?” It’s a very very good question, and I’m glad we’re asking it. Demographics, […]

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What If Christians Stopped ‘Saving’ America, and Started Loving It?

I mean that question pretty literally. Since Tuesday’s election, I’ve heard  “public Christians” –those speaking on TV, radio, the media– talking about the horrible apocalypse that was unleashed Tuesday night, at the re-election of Barack Obama. For months and months now, in my North Dallas neighborhood, I’ve seen these yardsigns: They’re apparently from the Dallas […]

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Dixie Chick-Fil-Ayed

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37) All I could do today, when I saw pictures of the crowds surrounding […]

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Twenty Years

This year at Annual Conference, there was a very brief recognition of those of us celebrating “five year” anniversaries in ministry. (Five, ten, fifteen, etc…) For me, the actual number is twenty. Twenty years. Back in those days, you were actually first ordained as a Deacon. To get real technical (and, why not?) my ordination […]

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Questions for General Conference Delegates (About the Global Church)

Dear General Conference Delegates: While you are still in session in Tampa, there is still time to ask/answer questions about the nature of our global United Methodist Church. If the questions in this blog cannot be answered through the legislative process at this point, perhaps they can be discussed through informal “holy conferencing.” I have […]

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Pulled Over By A Cop Car On the Bike Trail

Far too often, we hide behind masks of status, role, function. Sometimes power. Far too often, we are walking/talking stereotypes. We regress to mean, even those of us who like to think of ourselves as edgy or “alternative.” (Have you ever noticed how much marketing is done to “alternative” people? It’s big business, like everything […]

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My Songs From Winter SolstiCelebration

Hey Friends: I’ve been telling you what a blast the Winter SolstiCelebration was. There are now YouTube videos of Saturday night’s performance, so you can see/listen for yourselves. “Thanks” with Lainey Bernstein, Rahim Quazi, Shanti Webb, and the Global Heart Band   “I Will Sing” with Robin Hackett, Lainey Bernstein, Rahim Quazi, Shanti Webb, and […]

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