Your Full Height (New Song)

Here’s a new song from me. Stayed up till 3 am Saturday finishing it. I like how it came out. A song for our time, for the past few weeks, and for what may well be our “new normal” for a while… It’s been a crazy few weeks, yes? Inauguration. A President with disapproval ratings […]

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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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“This is what Dallas Looks Like”

Muslims are under attack by executive order of our President, and by terrorists in Quebec. Make no mistake, one is related to the other. Laws such as Trump’s Muslim ban give “moral license” to bigots and crazy people. No, it is not direct causality. But these laws, and the embrace of them by preachers such […]

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Heart Into Art. Heartbreak Into Passion.

What if we took the gem of what Meryl Streep said last night —about having empathy toward others, and turning heartbreak into art— and just focused on that? And what I mean by this is: focus on those positive, life-giving invitations she made, and not on what Trump said afterwards? Because you knew what he […]

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We Did Not Ask For This Room

“We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. […]

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I Am A Christmas Christian

(Warning: This post contains adult language) I am a Christmas Christian. I’ve known this for decades now. But only now do I feel brave enough to say it boldly. Because, in many Christian circles, it’s almost like heresy to not say “I’m an Easter Christian.” I’m one of those too. I love Easter. I come […]

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The Story at the Door

Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my […]

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Here Is What I Know Today

I cannot put together a coherent blog today. Last night and today have been exhausting and draining in ways I certainly did not expect. But I can offer you a list of things I know today… I know last night the majority of the American people, albeit a slim one, voted for an America that […]

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An Urgent Plea to Republican Leaders

Dear Republican Leaders, I am writing and open letter to you, in the hopes that you will answer my urgent plea. In recent days, Donald Trump has increased both the frequency and stridency of his suggestions that our presidential election is “rigged.” Just today, Mr. Trump said the following at a rally in front of […]

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Election PTSD

It seems to me everybody I know is feeling it. A feeling that this election has stirred up the dark underbelly of American society. It’s like we’ve been cooking a big batch of chili, and dragged up the charred, bitter, burned detritus from the bottom of the pot.   We are stirred up. And what […]

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