Clergy Confessional (77) Time to go after White Supremacy

America was built on White Supremacy (WS) – a statement that draws anger from some people – nevertheless, it is true. A nation that gives rights to one group – white, landowning males – is by its very definition a WS nation. As we have become a “more perfect union”, we have changed much of…

Clergy Confessional (76) Why Would Anyone Go To Church?

In a recent conversation with my brilliant wife, she pointed out that the three largest denominations in America – the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the United Methodist Church – were having major problems. Then she asked me this – With all of this going on, why would anyone go to church?…

Clergy Confessional (76) Taking God’s Name in Vain

I grew up believing that the 3rd Commandment was about bad language – profanity combined with God or Jesus. It may be – I wasn’t there when it was given – but I think there is something more to this than that. Some versions use the word “misuse”. I think this is more accurate. But…

Clergy confessional (75) Women’s Work

The tiny church I grew up in was run almost entirely by women. Women led worship – ran meetings – taught Sunday school – they did almost everything (being the pastor would come later). My mom was a working mother – and this was in the 1960’s and beyond. I didn’t grow up with the…

Clergy Confessional (73) How the Church Lost Christmas

The Pew Research Center just released a report saying that while a small majority of Americans still celebrate a “religious” Christmas, that number is slowing dropping, and has been for some time. Really? Anyone who has been paying attention can attest to this. Churches are closing daily, and many of those still alive seem to…

Clergy Confessional (72) Act like it is Thanksgiving Every Day

When I read the local newspaper (yes – I am a dinosaur), I am often touched by the generosity of our community. On Thanksgiving – and the days that followed – I saw the many places that had meals for people in need of food. I think this is a beautiful thing – but it…

Clergy Confessional (71) Being Thankful

One of the things that makes me bristle is when people say how blessed they are. It isn’t that I don’t feel blessed – I absolutely do! My concern comes when being blessed is equated with “the good life”, and the idea that God has given you or me a good life because God prefers…

Clergy Confession (69) Embarrassed by Wealth

In the church, we are embarrassed by money. It is, for many in the Mainline Church, a dirty subject only to be dealt with at Stewardship time.  The reason some churches thrive is that their members are expected to give generously. We easily forget, however, that Jesus taught about money more than heaven or hell,…

Clergy Confessional (68) Stop Blaming God

I am a practicing Christian – and by practicing, I mean that I am literally working at being a follower of Jesus every day, and I try to get better at as I grow older. Sometimes I hit the mark – sometimes I don’t. I – like any person of faith – am a work…