We Found Those Young People Your Church Has Been Looking For

Hey! Good news! We found those young people your church keeps saying they are looking for. You know, the next generation that we keep hoping will come in our doors and save us? Well, we saw a  whole bunch of them today! Here they are: Here’s another view of more of them: Our church members […]

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They Buried The Lead

In journalism school, we were taught to not “bury the lead.” Whatever the most important fact of a story is, don’t stick it way down in the middle. Put it right at the start, so everybody can read it clearly. Heather Hahn is out with a story on an updated survey on United Methodist views […]

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The Other 2,099 Christian Clerks

As newly minted media martyr, Kim Davis, enjoys what is no doubt the last of her fifteen minutes, I’ve heard many on the Religious Right repeat the following call to action: “We (read: “Christians”) need to support a Christian’s right to practice their faith.” As a Christian Minister myself, I am a pretty big supporter […]

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No. It’s Not the Same.

I’ve not commented publicly on the Kim Davis issue thus far. Primarily because it’s clear to me Davis is now, at best, simply courting publicity and being used by the Christian Right to further the “Meme” of so-called widespread “American Christian persecution.” She seems to enjoy this spotlight, as a poster-child for this false flag. […]

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The Jot and Tittle of Ginny Mikita’s Situation

This week, the United Methodist world has been up in arms at the treatment of Ginny Mikita. Mikita, a lay woman from a church in Michigan, has been summarily removed from church membership by her annual conference authorities, because she obtained an online ordination for the purpose of presiding at the same sex wedding of […]

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When Anyone Is More Free, Everybody Wins

It’s been years since I felt quite this patriotic on the 4th of July. It’s been years since the arc of American history has bent quite so dramatically toward justice. All week, I’ve had the old Jesus Jones song running through my brain: Last Sunday in church, we recognized George and Jack as the first […]

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Dear American Christians (Part Two)

Dear American Christians, I wrote you earlier this year about much the same thing I will say today. And, in truth, I’m not really speaking to all American Christians. Just those who believe they are being persecuted for their faith. Primarily, White Evangelical Protestants. A poll in 2014 show that you, White Evangelical Protestants, believe […]

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Dear UM Moderates: What We Need To Hear You Say

Dear United Methodist Moderates: I call you to publicly support the civil marriage rights of gay and lesbian persons, and to implore our civil servants to support the constitution. Whatever your personal/theological views of same sex marriage in the Church, please know and remember that the UMC has a strong statement supporting the Civil Rights […]

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The Journey’s Never Over

There are few days where you absolutely know that you are a witness to history. Yesterday was one of those days. And this morning –almost 24-hours to the minute after our dear friends and church members, George Harris and Jack Evans became Dallas County’s first legally married same sex couple– it still seems completely surreal. […]

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My Remarks at the Same Sex Marriage Press Conference

I stand here today as a Christian minister in full support of same sex marriage. The vast majority of members in our congregation are also strong supporters of same sex marriage. It is time for the courts to do the right thing. It is time for no further delay.  Same sex partners deserve the right […]

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