Clergy Confessional (64) When the Clergy Commit Evil

The report about the rape of children by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is out, and it is disturbing and horrific. Over 300 priests are on the list, and thousands of children were affected by their evil actions. As horrible as this is, I think the numbers are impossible to estimate, and there are probably dozens…

Clergy Confessional (62) Real Evangelism

I hear it all the time – the word evangelism is “scary” or “tainted” or even “not our thing”. And yet, when I talk to some of the long-term members at the congregation I serve, they will tell me that they came to Calvary because someone invited them. And when I say, “But that’s evangelism”,…

Clergy Confessional (60) When the Bible Lets Us Down

Don’t get me wrong – I love the Bible. I read it every day, preach from it every week, learn from it all the time, and promote it to everyone I meet. I think the Bible is the inspired word(s) of God – not without errors – not perfect – but truly inspired. If we…

Clergy Confessional (59) Judge Not?

I think that one of the most confusing – as well as difficult – teachings of Jesus is that of whether or not we should or can judge others. I doubt I can shed any light on this, but I am willing to try, even if I go down in flames. In Matthew 7 &…

Clergy Confessional (58) Faith Based Hate

The Church has come under fire in the last couple of decades for a lot of reasons, but I think most of the criticisms have been based on self-inflicted behavior. Priests raping children, TV evangelists ripping off gullible people, the fight over equal rights for LGBT people, attempts to keep women from serving as clergy…

Clergy Confessional (57) God First – Again

I am fanatical about the Christian Year and following the Lectionary. Yes – sometimes the joining of 3 scriptures doesn’t work well and, yes, much of the Old Testament is left out. Still, I love the movement through the year of the holy seasons – the roller coaster ride helps me to feel the emotions…

Clergy Confessional (56) God First

As we look forward to the 242nd birthday of America, I find myself thinking about this experiment of democracy. I love history, and I read the Constitution regularly (lots of discussion about it, so I think it is good to be aware of what it says). I am in no way an expert on these…

Clergy Confessional (55) Getting Along

I have friends of many persuasions – religions, politics, races, genders, sexual orientations (probably more)- who have been in my life at different times and in different places. They often disagree with one another on Facebook, and these disagreements can be healthy – or not. There are a couple of people who, if they met…

Clergy Confessional (54) Telling the Truth

For years I have been saying that one of the church’s biggest problems is that we are not honest. We – all denominations – allow clergy to do some pretty bad stuff, and all we do is move them or allow them to resign quietly. We are not alone in this – the #MeToo movement…